Archives of Maximilian Metzger, CERN Secretary General from 2004 to 2008

Identity Statement [Top]

Reference code(s)

CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-01-001 to CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-20-018


Archives of Maximilian Metzger (1949- ), CERN Secretary General from 2004 to 2008


January 2003 – December 2008

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

189 boxes, 266 items, 24 linear meters

Context [Top]

Name of creator

Maximilian Metzger

Biographical history

Maximilian Metzger was born in 1949 in Rosenheim, Germany. He studied law and philosophy at the University of Munich (1969-1974) and served as a judge of the administration court in Munich from 1978 to 1980. In 1980 he began his career at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), where he was in charge of Legal Affairs (1980-1982), Industrial Research & Development (1982-1985), International Multilateral Cooperation (1985-1988) and European Commission Research & Development Policy (1989-1991).

Between 1991 and 1992 he was head of the divisions of the Interior, Housing, Environment, Science and Research, Cultural Affairs and Foreign Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Saxony in Bonn.

Back at the BMBF, he was deputy head and acting head of division for European Commission (EC) Research & Development Policy (1992) and head of the divisions for EC and Euratom Research Programmes, JRC (Joint Research Centre), International R&D Cooperation of the EU, EUREKA and COST (Coopération Européenne dans le domaine de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique) (1994).

He was head of division for Education, Science, Research Technology and Nuclear Affairs at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU in Brussels between 1996 and 2001, then head of the division for European Research Organizations (CERN, ESO, ESRF, ILL, ETW, DNW) at the BMBF until 2004.

He was appointed Secretary General to the Director-General of CERN in March 2004, having been a member of the CERN Finance Committee and Tripartite Employment Conditions Forum (TREF) since 2001. He became head of the D-G’s Services unit, which comprised the former Directorate Services Unit, Education and Technology Transfer Division and Safety Commission.

At the end of his mandate he became director of Information and Communication Technologies at the BMBF (2009).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from Pietropaolo Valeria, Office of Secretary General, Directorate Service Unit, in December 2008

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

These documents represent the filing system of Maximilian Metzger during his period as Secretary General of CERN. They cover all activities of the Director-General's office: Directorate Services (DSU), comprising the former Directorate Services Unit and Education and Technology Transfer Division, and the Safety Commission (SC).

The DSU files concern relations with services including: Administration, Legal, Internal Audit, Press Office, Education, Scientific Information, VIP Visits, Translation, Technology Transfer and External Relations (Host States, Member States, Non-Member States, Observers, European Commission, EIROForum). The files also deal with medical applications, Open Access, the conference of the role of science in the information society (RSIS), the LHC inauguration (21 October 2008) and the VIP Days organized for this event, various visits, minutes of group leaders’ meetings, correspondence with management, administration, budgets and personnel matters including recruitment.

The SC files include minutes of the Radiation Protection Committee (RPC), minutes of Safety Policy Committee (SAPOCO), and documents concerning health, safety and the environment.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Copies of Council and other Committee documents (CC, FC, SPC, LEP, LHCC) were destroyed.


No further accruals are expected

System of arrangement

The original order has been preserved. The records have been divided into 20 main groups:

01 AS - Administrative support CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-01-001 to 002
02 AU - Internal Audit CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-02-001 to 002
03 EC - Communication (CO) & Education (ED) CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-03-001 to 014
04 LS - Legal Service CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-04-001 to 021
05 SI - Scientific Information CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-05-001 to 010
06 TM - Translation and Minutes CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-06-001
07 TT - Technology Transfer CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-07-001 to 023
08 VIP - VIP Service CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-08-001 to 009
09 RH - Relations with Host States CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-09-001 to 018
10 ER – External relations CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-10-001 to 029
11 EU – EU Office CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-11-001 to 012
12 SC – Safety Commission CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-12-001 to 032
13 DSU – Directorate Service Unit CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-13-001 to 009
14 Management CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-14-001 to 010
15 Finance CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-15-001 to 005
16 Personnel and Users CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-16-001 to 034
17 Accelerators CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-17-001 to 004
18 Miscellaneous CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-18-001 to 003
19 External correspondence CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-19-001 to 010
20 CERN Correspondence CERN-ARCH-SG-MM-20-001 to 018

Conditions of access and use [Top]

Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in English and French and also in German.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives Database.

Description control [Top]

Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 28th February 2013.