CERN Associate Membership; an addition to Pakistan`s scientific arsenal

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The contributions of Pakistani nuclear scientists are


inevitable in global research. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear


Research has conferred the Associate Membership to Pakistan.


According to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), this is a distinct


achievement of Pakistan making it the 11th overall and only Asian country to have


associate membership of CERN.


A senior CERN official while commenting on Pakistan`s associate membership


said, “The associate membership will allow Pakistan to participate in governance


of CERN by attending high level meetings. The scientists of Pakistan can also now


get exposure of CERN by obtaining membership and participating in different


trainings conducted by CERN in diversified domains of research including nuclear


and particular physics in particular. The industry of Pakistan can also bid for


CERN contracts”.


It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan contributes to the ALICE and CMS


experiments in addition to accelerator developments, making it a crucial partner of


CERN.


The cooperation of Pakistan and CERN dates back to 1994, when a mutual


cooperation agreement was signed between the both. Pakistan was given the


membership in 2013 which was followed by visit of CERN task force to evaluate


Pakistan`s SandT capability and industrial competency in order to process Pakistan`s


associate membership application that approved Pakistan`s application on the set


criteria and this important announcement has been made.


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