An International Co-operation Agreement was signed in 1999 with the Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (SENACYT). On the occasion of an international conference on particle physics in Ecuador in 2006, the university authorities did express an interest in CERN.
A few scientists’ nationals from Ecuador are participating in the CMS experiment through US Institutes.
In March 2011 the National Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation from SENESCYT (former SENACYT) visited CERN and manifested Ecuador's interest in further developing their cooperation with CERN and invited CERN Management to visit Ecuador.
A delegation from CERN visited Ecuador in July 2011 and a Protocol to the Cooperation Agreement of 1999 was signed between CERN and SENESCYT. This initiative together with the settlement of one Ecuadorian scientist in Quito was the seed to create a particle physics group which could in the near future become member of the CMS Collaboration and, at the same time, promote and coordinate the participation of Ecuadorian High School Teachers and Students in CERN’s programmes.
The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado, visited CERN installations in October 2014. This visit was important to deepen the scientific and technical collaboration between CERN and Ecuadorian Institutions.
The 8th CERN – Latin American School of High Energy Physics took place in Ibarra in March 2015.