Recent deliberations with Thailand have indicated a great potential to collaborate with CERN in high-energy physics and related technologies. The support in Thailand at the level of her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Minister of Science and Technology, the National Science and Technology Development Agency, the Synchrotron Light Research Institute, the Universities (Chulalongkorn, Mahidol and Suranaree) and funding agencies is very strong. A number of initiatives were agreed during recent deliberations and are being taken up.

Firstly, the participation of students and teachers in CERN’s Summer Student and High School Teacher programmes has been launched.

Secondly, the development of a national Thai programme linked to the CMS experiment at the LHC and under the consortium umbrella of `Thailand_CMS’ is taking shape with the aim of Thailand becoming a member of the CMS Collaboration in the near future. This effort will bring together from many Thai institutes and universities experimental particle physicists, theoretical particle physicists and the information technology experts for realizing a computing Grid centre in Thailand.

Moreover, it was agreed to work out a plan for the Synchrotron Light Research Institute to collaborate with CLIC/CTF3. Expressions of Interest were signed with the Synchrotron Light Research Institute in 2009 concerning the collaboration with CERN and with the Agricultural Research Development Agency in 2010 with a view of collaborating in Grid computing applications to agricultural science.

The First Thailand Physics School was held at Chulalongkorn University in October 2010 and focused on the LHC.

During 2012, the Chulalongkorn University signed the Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration in the CMS experiment and the Suranaree University of Technology signed the Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration in the ALICE experiment.

CERN contact(s): E. Tsesmelis

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