Portugal joined CERN as a Member State in 1986. The Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas (LIP) was created at the same time to carry out all activities related to experimental particle physics, involving researchers coming from universities as well as LIP’s own scientific staff.
LIP has a strong commitment to CERN programmes, presently based on the LHC experiments and technologies (ATLAS, CMS and LCG), and the COMPASS Collaboration. The Portuguese Institute for Nuclear Technologies (ITN) is leading the activity of a strong research team using the CERN ISOLDE Facility.
For Portugal, CERN has always been a privileged platform for advanced training of young engineers. The Portuguese Agency for Innovation(AdI) is running a programme under which more than 140 young engineers have spent at CERN two-year training periods in key areas of advanced technologies, contributing to the LHC effort.
A strong focus is put on Grid computing activities, with LIP being a partner in the European Union EGEE-III project.