Cyprus is now part of CERN
Cyprus’ participation in the world`s largest research centre, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, is very important, the University of Cyprus said on Wednesday.
A press release by the University notes that Professor of Physics at the University of Cyprus Panos Razis is Cyprus` Scientific Representative at CERN and he participated recently in the first meeting of the Council of the countries taking part in the research programs of CERN, together with Cyprus` Ambassador at the UN in Geneva, Andreas Ignatiou.
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.
Cyprus, which became an associated member of CERN on April 1, and will become full member state in two years, sees a series of significant benefits through its participation, specifically in the fields of science and education.
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.