The Republic of Cyprus has participated for the first time in the Council of the countries taking part in the research programs of the world`s largest research centre, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN.
Cyprus, which became on the 1st of April an associated member of CERN and will become a full member state in two years, sees a series of significant benefits through its participation, in the fields of science and education.
In statements to CNA, Professor of Physics at the University of Cyprus and Scientific Representative of Cyprus at CERN, Panos Razis, said that Cyprus will benefit to a great extent from its participation in CERN.
‘The importance of Cyprus` accession to CERN is very significant, because of the important research work carried out in the Organization, the benefits in the research and educational level, for our industry and technology and for the development and use of diagnostic systems of medicine’ he said.
Around 30 Cypriots are currently working in CERN but their numbers can increase significantly since they can apply for scholarships and for posts.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, is situated in CERN. The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. It lies in a tunnel as deep as 175 metres beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. It is also the longest machine ever built.
CERN has so far 21 full member states, but almost all countries in the world participate in the Organisation.
In addition, Razis pointed out that the political benefits for Cyprus which now participates in an international organisation.
The 181st Council of the member countries participating in the CERN research programs took place 12-18 of June in CERN.
The newly established Cyprus – CERN Committee participated for the first time in the Council.
The Cypriot Committee held a series of meetings with the new CERN management, with members of other countries` delegations as well as with CERN officials responsible for Knowledge Transfer and Procurement.