7 (January 2017)
(Only Institutes having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CERN are listed here. For all participating institutes, refer to the CERN greybook)
Very first contacts took place between CERN and individual expatriate Palestinian scientists, among them a theorist from Birzeit University and a Palestinian student who via the ICTP LHC programme defended his thesis within the ATLAS collaboration. More recently a second thesis was defended within the ATLAS experiment by a student from An-Najah University who in the meantime got a position as Assistant Professor in the physics department at the same University and is very pro-active strengthening the collaboration. One more student is expected to defend his PhD by mid-2017.
Two documents were signed to get Palestinian universities involved in CERN activities. The first one is an Expression of Interest that has been signed between the An-Najah University and the ATLAS experiment in June 2014. A second document is an International Cooperation Agreement that has been signed between CERN and Palestine in December 2016.
Palestinian students have participated in the CERN summer programme for many years; in the last years a special effort was made to take up to 2 students/session.