by Panos Charitos. Published: 30 October 2014

A delegation from the Suranaree University of Technology, including the SUT Rector, Prof. Prasart Suebka, visited CERN on October 17; their visit also included the ALICE experiment.

ALICE Spokersperson Paolo Giubellino welcomed the delegation to CERN. After a short welcome speech, he gave a presentation about the laboratory’s history and main aims. Konrad Jende discussed CERN’s Outreach Programme and emphasized the need to educate both teachers and students about the latest scientific results as well as about the new educational tools from which they can profit to get a clearer understanding of our research.

The delegation was also introduced to the applications that basic research in HEP may have in other fields. Dr. Manjit Dosanjh presented the medical applications and in particular she discussed the impact of heavy-ion therapy on the treatment of various types of cancer.  Thanks to hadron beams we can  ensure that all the energy is deposited in the cancer cells without damaging any healthy tumors.

The SUT delegation also visited ALICE, both the underground cavern and the exhibition, guided by Despina Hatzifotiadou and Paolo Giubellino.

SUT joined the ALICE Collaboration in 2012 and is one of the first Thai universities to work with CERN. Founded in the early 1990s, SUT first became involved with ALICE through an initiative called the ‘Thai-CERN Collaboration’. This was set up by HRH Princess Sirindhorn several years ago. In February 2012, SUT’s Rector signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ALICE that led to a strong involvement of SUT physicists in the ALICE Upgrade plans but also to new collaborations with other Thai Institutes who have expressed interest to join the ALICE collaboration.

The visit has been very helpful in researching other domains where the University could get involved and contribute to the work done at CERN. Both sides expressed their interest to continue their cooperation in the future and further build tighs to inspire new generations of scientists by working closely in educational programmes between CERN and Thailand.