Israel becomes full member of scientific council CERN


Israel became a full member of the prestigious European nuclear physics lab CERN.

In an official ceremony held Wednesday in Geneva, Israel became the 21st country to join and the first non-European member state of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

“Israel is committed to the advancement of science and technology for the good of mankind,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said in an address at the ceremony, according to Haaretz. “As such, it is committed to being part of the international scientific community and to contributing to cooperation among the developed countries.”

The laboratory, known for its giant underground atomic collider, the Large Hadron Collider, is located in Switzerland. Israeli scientists have collaborated with CERN for many years, including on projects involving the collider.

Israel became the first associate member of CERN in September 2011 after the council voted to expand its membership. Israel’s formal association with CERN began in 1991, when the country was granted observer status in recognition of the major involvement of Israeli institutions in the lab’s OPAL experiment, and to the running of the Large Electron Positron accelerator.

Israel becomes associate member of scientific group CERN


Israel has been accepted as an associate member of the prestigious European nuclear physics lab CERN.

The laboratory, known for its giant underground atomic collider, the Large Hadron Collider, signed an agreement Sept. 16 in Geneva making Israel an associate member on its way to acceptance as a full member after a two-year waiting period. Israel would become CERN’s first non-European member.

Israeli scientists have collaborated with CERN for many years, including on projects involving the collider.

“The agreement is testimony to Europe’s recognition of Israel’s scientific and technological capabilities, of the quality of its scientists, and of its contribution throughout many years to the research activities of CERN,” Aharon Leshno-Yaar, permanent representative of Israel to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, said in a statement.