The head official of European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Wednesday that he believed Turkey would become a member of the research organization in near future.
In an interview with AA, CERN Director Sergio Bertolucci said Turkey's young researchers were the country's biggest advantage, adding the country's membership would be a remarkable contribution to CERN as well.
Bertolucci said Turkey's membership to the organization would provide the country with major opportunities in areas such as engineering, medicine and information technologies.
Moreover, John Ellis, the Non-Member States Advisor from CERN's External Affairs Office, told AA that Turkey's CERN membership process would have two phases.
Ellis said Turkey's scientific, technological and industrial potential would be taken into consideration in the first phase, while other member countries' opinions regarding Turkey's membership would be considered in the second stage.
"By en of year"
Ellis said he believed Turkey would not be faced with any problems in either of the phases, adding the country displayed a very positive scientific development process.
The advisor also said that he expected CERN members to welcome Turkey's membership, adding a positive decision could be taken on such matter by the end of the year.
The CERN delegation headed by Bertolucci held a series of talks in capital Ankara on Tuesday.
The delegation, which was received by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, also paid visits to Ankara University, Middle East Technical University (ODTU), State Planning Organization (DPT) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).
CERN officials are expected to meet with officials from Bogazici University and several industrial organizations in Istanbul on Wednesday.
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is the world's largest particle physics laboratory, situated in the northwest suburbs of Geneva on the Franco-Swiss border.
The organization's main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research.
CERN is run by 20 European Member States, but many non-European countries are also involved in different ways. Scientists come from around the world to use CERN's facilities.
The current Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 14 Temmuz 2010, 17:40