Romania to send 500 researchers to CERN following acceptance as a full member

Romania to send 500 researchers to CERN following acceptance as a full member

Bucharest, June 23, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Daniel Stroe

The number of Romanian researchers to work at CERN will go up to 500 following Romania’s acceptance as a full member in the European Nuclear Research Organisation last week, with funds ascribed for national nuclear research also expected to go up, Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu told a news conference.

Bucharest Polytechnic University Chancellor Mihnea Costoiu said Romania was participating with 8.1 million Swiss francs in CERN. He explained Romania was taking part in CERN contracts by means of 39 companies located in Romania, 12 of them Romanian companies and was a beneficiary of 2.35 million Swiss francs worth of orders from the organization.

Head of the Romanian delegation to CERN 176th session Ecaterina Andronescu underscored “the Romanian researchers are highly appreciated at CERN and, as they were not full members and we have an associate’s status since 2010, the Romanian researchers worked there and made an extraordinary impression”. “Our interest is to ratify [CERN accession] as fast as possible and probably, after the Government launches the draft ratification law in early September, the Parliament will urgently approve this law”, she said, as quoted by Agerpres.

Minister Cimpeanu also underlined the size of the funding that can be drawn for the Romanian nuclear research is “much more important via the CERN body”, the minister added.

At the same time, academician Nicolae Zamfir, who is also the president of Horia Hulubei National Institute for Nuclear Physics and Engineering stressed that being a member of CERN, “of this group of 20 countries of the world” amounts to a recognition of the scientific contribution and at the same time the advantage of ensuring the stability in the research of elementary particles.

Last Thursday, in Geneva, the Council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) unanimously adopted the resolution concerning Romania’s admission as full member of the European body. Romania’s admission as a full member of this prestigious organization confirms the value and performance of Romanian researchers, physicians and engineers, involved in scientific researches within the large scale projects developed by the CERN, said the release.

Currently, Romania participates with 100 researchers in experiments conducted within The Large Hadron Collider — LHC and The Large Hadron Collider beauty — LHCb, A Large Ion Collider Experiment — ALICE, ATLAS and the global network GRID projects of CERN. Established in 1954, the organization is based in a northwest suburb of Geneva that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.