Kazakh physicists to participate in European Organisation for Nuclear Research projects

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh nuclear physicists, engineers and students will soon be able to participate in European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) scientific experiments and internships at CERN facilities, said Kazakh Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev at a June 19 Kazakh Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) plenary session.

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An agreement between Kazakhstan and CERN regarding scientific and technical cooperation was signed June 28, 2018 in Geneva. The Mazhilis approved the ratification of the agreement June 19 to facilitate the creation of a legal framework for Kazakhstan’s cooperation with CERN.

“The ratification of this agreement will strengthen the existing scientific ties and ensure the participation of scientists, engineers, students and technical specialists from Kazakhstan in CERN research projects,” said Bozumbayev, as reported by Inform.kz.

Established in 1954, CERN runs the world’s largest particle physics laboratory and provides the particle accelerators and necessary infrastructure for high-energy physics research. It operates the world’s largest, most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, which was used to discover the particles Higgs boson and Chi-b (3P) boson, create the world’s hottest man-made temperature and capture rare particle decay.

Ambitious experiments are carried out at CERN to further “probe the fundamental structure of the particles that make up everything around us,” requiring international collaboration and the efforts of scientists from all over the world, reports Home.cern.

Cooperation within international research institutions may also promote science diplomacy. CERN brought together former adversaries after World War II to advance European science, and CERN scientists worked with their Soviet and U.S. counterparts throughout the Cold War.

“There are 23 CERN member states, and some countries and international organisations have observer status. CERN employs approximately 2,500 scientific, technical and administrative staff, and more than 10,000 physicists and engineers from 580 universities and institutes from 113 countries participate in CERN’s international experiments,” said Bozumbayev on the promising nature of cooperation with CERN.