Official contacts between CERN and Bangladesh were established in 2012 with the signing of an Expression of Interest (EoI). The purpose of this EoI was to provide an interim framework to enable scientists, engineers and students from Universities and Research Institutes of Bangladesh to further develop their professional training, in particular through participation in CERN's scientific and training programmes.
CERN and Bangladesh subsequently agreed to conclude an International Co-operation Agreement (ICA). This is seen as being of much mutual benefit for the development of the co-operation between Bangladesh and CERN in particle physics research, technology and education. The ICA was signed in 2014.
As a result of these early developments, the 1st Bangladesh-CERN School on Particle Physics was held at the University of Dhaka in 2014 and students from Bangladesh participate in the CERN Non-Member State Summer Student Programme. Concerning research activities, participation in one of the LHC experiments and also in ISOLDE is presently under discussion. The University of Dhaka, as well as other universities in Bangladesh, are preparing a plan to join these research activities at CERN.