STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan is in a better position to achieve stronger links with the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) than some other countries, said Steve Myers, the Director for CERNs Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator.
“Countries that apply for associate member status must have scientific infrastructure that is compatible with what we have at CERN,” said Myers while talking to media here adding Pakistan has the necessary infrastructure to benefit from associate membership.
CERN is the topmost particle physics laboratory in the world and the LHC, its brainchild, is the largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, credited with the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
Local physicists believe that a stronger association with CERN will win Pakistan greater access to experimental data from the LHC and will allow local companies to manufacture electronic equipment for the top research facility.
Myers, along with Fernando Quevedo, the director of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoratical Physics (ICTP), visited different universities and research organiations in Islamabad. The directors said that they were very impressed by the research work being carried out in Pakistan.
He said ICTP has a special relationship with Pakistan because of Salam, the centres founding father. Pakistan is one of the countries that participate in a wide range of ICTP programmes each year, including a three-month associate programme, Quevedo added.