In order to promote cooperation between Latvian scientific institutions and Industry with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) an interdisciplinary national CERN working group has been established to engage in scientific research, experiments, and projects. Latvia is planning to become an Associate Member state of CERN in 2021.
The establishment of the working group is an expression of the stakeholders’ interest in joining CERN and of a shared understanding of the benefits that the Member state status will bring to Latvia’s scientific and economic development. «This is an opportunity for fundamental and applied science to make a breakthrough, for scientists, companies and society to access the knowledge and infrastructure that for Latvia would be challenging to build, to engage companies in procurements, to provide goods and services such as accelerators components and large data processing IT-related solutions» says Prof. Toms Torims, Director of the centre of High Energy Physics and Accelerator Technologies at Riga Technical university (RTU) and CERN Scientific Associate.
The working group includes RTU, University of Latvia, Riga Stradins university, Latvian manufacturers, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and Industry Associations to promote technology transfer and mutual trust between scientists and entrepreneurs. The working group is coordinated by the CERN National Contact point – this function is performed by the RTU Centre of High Energy Physics and Accelerator Technologies.
Source: “Scientists, entrepreneurs and the government agree to work jointly together to bring Latvia closer to CERN”, Riga Technical University