CERN nuclear research center accepts Israel as full member

( The governing council of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, voted unanimously on Dec. 12 to allow Israel to become a full member of the atomic research center. Israel is the first non-European country to become a full member.

The CERN control center. Credit: Torkild Retvedt via Wikimedia Commons.

As a full CERN member, Israel will able to participate in experiments with CERN’s particle accelerator. Israel has been an associate member since 2011, and Israeli scientists have already participated in several CERN experiments.

“Full membership in an organization like this is a very impressive calling card, and it reflects Israel’s high scientific and technological level,” Ilana Levi, head of the Israeli Science Ministry’s foreign relations department, told Haaretz. “Acceptance as a full member would grant greater access to the most advanced and unique research labs and facilities, of a kind that Israel has neither the ability nor any reason to build in Israel.”

Posted on December 12, 2013 .