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


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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