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.


Published in: Volume 06 Issue 32

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