by Panos Charitos. Published: 31 January 2014

Bangladesh has signed an agreement with CERN for scientific research to facilitate professional development and research skills of researchers, scientists, engineers and students from research organizations and universities across the country. The agreement would also pave the way for new scientific practices for nuclear scientists, research organizations and university students.

The Expression of Interest (EoI) was signed by Education Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and CERN Director-General Rolf-Dieter Heuer. Bangladesh's ambassador to UNOG A.Hannan and CERN's Deputy Head of International Relations Emmanuel Tsesmelis were also present in the signing ceremony. The signing ceremony was followed by a visit to ALICE, with a tour of the experiment and a discussion on the ALICE physics programme and the future upgrade plans of the collaboration.

The agreement will help scientists, engineers and students from Bangladesh gain valuable experience both in experimental and theoretical particle physics and related aspects of technologies for particle accelerators, particle detectors and information technology. The implementation of this Expression of Interest could pave the way for the conclusion of an International Co-operation Agreement that would further formalize and broaden the collaboration between CERN and the Bangladesh HEP community. It opens the way for new scientific practices for nuclear scientists, research organizations and university students.