The Center of European Nuclear Research (CERN), which operates the Large Hadron
Collider under the Swiss-French border, will vote on whether to add Israel as a
fully fledged member, on Thursday.
Israel has had the status of an
associate member since 2011.
Science, Technology and Space Minister
Yaakov Peri said full membership, which will result only from a unanimous vote
of the 20 CERN council members, will be a significant step towards full
scientific participation with European countries.
His ministry has been
the leading force behind Israel’s request to be a full member.
accepted, Israel will be the first member that is geographically located outside
During the past year Israel carried out a number of changes,
demanded of all states that request full membership, such as passing legislation
that activates the organization’s protocol and gives legal status to CERN in
Israel as well as special rights to its officials and representatives of other
“This is a significant step for Israeli science, and a fruitful
continuation of cooperation between Israel and European states,” Peri
“Israeli scientists will gain from accessibility to know-how and
advanced scientific infrastructure in CERN, and the organization will benefit
from the brilliant Israeli scientists who will advance its research.
hope that the global scientific interest that results from Israel’s membership
will overcome political interests,” he concluded.
CERN is the largest
center in the world for the study of atomic participles and is run with a huge
Leading physicists, engineers and technicians from around the
world work at its facilities.
Israel became an observer state way back in
1991, and since October 2011 Israel has been an associate member, in the
preliminary stage to a CERN membership of a minimum period of 24
Two years ago, Israelis were among the 50 scientists in CERN’s
Large Hadron Collider’s control room.
CERN has even ordered parts from
Israeli industry and sent experts to visit on a regular basis.
the world’s largest experiment, the huge particle accelerator’s historic launch
in September 2008 was a collaboration of some of the world’s top
Some 6,500 scientists from over 80 countries, including half
of the world’s particle physics researchers, have been working on causing
collisions of the tiny particles that make up the universe at mind-boggling
This will enable scientists to observe the extreme energies,
mini-black holes and other phenomena that occurred during the first millionths
of a second after the Big Bang – the mother of all explosions that led to the
creation of the universe.
Their aim is to help explain the foundations of
particle physics and shed light on the basic forces, and building blocks, of