Pakistan officially becomes an associate member of CERN

Published: August 1, 2015
Associate membership status will allow Pakistan to participate in the governance of CERN, through attending the meetings of the CERN Council. PHOTO: REUTERS

Associate membership status will allow Pakistan to participate in the governance of CERN, through attending the meetings of the CERN Council. PHOTO: REUTERS

After it ratified an agreement in December, Pakistan on Friday became an associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN).

According to a statement from the Geneva-based research institute, Pakistan and CERN had signed a co-operation agreement in 1994. Signature and implementation of several protocols later, Pakistan was contributing to building the CMS and ATLAS experiments.

Today, Pakistan contributes to the ALICE and CMS experiments in addition to accelerator developments, making it an important partner for CERN.

With an associate membership, a new era of cooperation will open that will “strengthen the long-term partnership between CERN and the Pakistani scientific community,” the statement said.

Read: Pakistan becomes associate member of CERN

Associate membership status will allow Pakistan to participate in the governance of CERN, through attending the meetings of the CERN Council. Moreover, it will allow Pakistani scientists to become members of the CERN staff, and to participate in CERN’s training and career-development programmes.

The status also means that Pakistani nuclear industry can now bid for CERN contracts, thus opening up opportunities for industrial collaboration in areas of advanced technology.

Read: CERN approves Pakistan’s application for associate membership

Pakistan is the 21st member of the research organisation. It joins the 11 founding states Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Yugoslavia was also a founding member. Subsequent members include Austria (1959), Spain (1961-1969, re-joined 1983), Portugal (1985), Finland (1991), Poland (1991), Czechoslovakia (1992), Hungary (1992), Bulgaria (1999) and Israel (2014).

Romania is a candidate to become a member state while Turkey is an associate member. Serbia is an associate member in the pre-stage to membership.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Chachoo
    Aug 1, 2015 - 3:32AM

    When you reach CERN then there is one dedicated road to Abdus Salam. It was his efforts of the past that Pakistanis got many scholarships for its students and as a result they are recognized at this level. But alas his name is even removed from school text books especially in Punjab. Recommend

  • QB
    Aug 1, 2015 - 4:08AM


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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 1, 2015 - 7:16AM

    A great day for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Aug 1, 2015 - 8:20AM

    This is a good news!Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Aug 1, 2015 - 9:05AM

    Does CERN give financial aid ?Recommend

  • Fawad
    Aug 1, 2015 - 10:01AM

    Great news.. proud of itRecommend

  • RT
    Aug 1, 2015 - 10:06AM

    Pakistan has to pay $10 million per year for this membership. Russia, Japan and India still have observer status. India is planning to build it’s own accelerator, Japan too have plans to build one bigger than CERN. Recommend

  • Aug 1, 2015 - 10:08AM

    Great achievement.thank you Sir Raheel SharifRecommend

  • Talking Point
    Aug 1, 2015 - 10:09AM

    @Sharath Chandra: It takes aid in the form of USD11 million annually. That is why with incremental benefits even countries like Japan , Russia and India are only observers till date as they have their own projects . India has kick started the process of becoming an AM and it shall be so by March 2016. CERN Director was in India a few months ago and he was actively wooing India to become a member. Half of the interns at CERN are from India , without even becoming an AM.Recommend

  • Waqar
    Aug 1, 2015 - 10:13AM

    Great for Pakistan!
    What did India do btw? Stopped playing cricket with Pakistan or nabbed anther pigeon? :DRecommend

  • Shoaib
    Aug 1, 2015 - 12:24PM

    @Sharath Chandra: No they don’t, but yes they do require brains so that if and when they test missiles they don’t fall back on their heads….Recommend

  • LOL
    Aug 1, 2015 - 12:55PM

    @Chandra: burnol needed ? Recommend

  • Brain-eating amoeba
    Aug 1, 2015 - 1:22PM

    I am a non-Ahmedi Pakistani Muslim and on occasion I want to thank Great Pakistani scientist Dr Abdus Salam. You have made Pakistan proud.

    Sir, you will live in our hearts forever!Recommend

  • jatt da puttar
    Aug 1, 2015 - 3:45PM

    love it when indians come n pretend to be ok with these kind of news and satisfy themselves by some unsubstantiated claims .@talking point n chandraRecommend

  • Ayesha S.
    Aug 1, 2015 - 5:31PM

    I beleive that a Pakistani scientist has designed a laser based monitoring system of the Hadron Collider. 40 systems were then built in O labs in Pakistan and installed at CERN. The only Pakistani designed AND manufactured system for CERNRecommend

  • usman777
    Aug 1, 2015 - 9:54PM

    Indians – pakistani won nobel in physics before you did… a road is named after him…. so back off… dont automatically assume and underestimate us… EVER.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Aug 1, 2015 - 10:01PM

    Yes Indeed India will start building its own accelerator as soon as it has stolen the essential know how. And as usual they will start claiming credit for reinventing it. Not long ago some Indians were claiming that airplane was first invented and flown in ancient India. What an incredible peace of Hindu work!Recommend

  • Dr.UmairRabbani
    Aug 2, 2015 - 12:29AM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    I think you mistakenly landed at the wrong page. Ever one’s talking about something else here. You`re better off find something that you can understand in an indian news paper.

  • Afzal
    Aug 2, 2015 - 12:31AM

    @Ayesha S.:
    You just have to learn to ignore these Indy men and women who seem to have nothing to occupy them other than living in an open air drain in our neighbourhood and instantly presenting themselves on this page only to rub their leaking shhit. Their jealousy towards Pakistan seems to be caused by some inborn malfunction of their psych and is undoubtedly a reflection of their low self esteem coupled with a long lasting inferiority complex. Recommend

  • Saj
    Aug 2, 2015 - 1:21AM

    No Usman777, CV Raman got it for physics in 1930Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Aug 2, 2015 - 4:09AM

    @Sharath Chandra: The comment proves that you were basically trolling!Recommend

  • TiffinBox
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:51AM

    @Sharath Chandra, wish they did, apparently pakistan joined the wrong forum and are congratulating each other.Recommend

  • Adnan Rizvi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 2:27PM

    Great Achievement indeed!

    Keep up the good work scientist community of Pakistan Recommend

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