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Nuclear Research

CERN gives green-light

Following three years of negotiations, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which operates a particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, has agreed to invite Brazil to become an associate member. In a letter to Ambassador Regina Dunlop, Brazilian delegate to Geneva, CERN’s research director Sérgio Bertolucci said that the proposal had received “unanimous approval” from the organization’s executive board. Accession to the treaty will be discussed in the coming months. At the same time, Israel became the 21st member state – and the first non-European nation – to join CERN. The country spent two years as an associate member in the mandatory pre-stage to membership, during which it increased its financial contributions. It then earned full member status, which gives the country the right to vote and also affords its scientists greater access to job opportunities within the organization.