The number of Romanian researchers to work at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) will go up to 500 following Romania’s acceptance as a full member in the European Nuclear Research Organisation, Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu told a news conference..
‘Furthermore, the size of the funding that can be drawn for the Romanian nuclear research is much more important via this CERN body’, the minister added.
Bucharest Polytechnic University Chancellor Mihnea Costoiu said Romania was participating 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 organisation.
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’.
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.
‘The Romanians trained at Romanian universities, who would like to continue their academic activity in this field no longer leave the country, since they have the stability and certainty of the fact they can do it from here as well’, Zamfir pointed out