CERN and Costa Rica have signed in February 2014 an International Cooperation Agreement (ICA) to establish a scientific and technical cooperation in high-energy physics. This agreement was shaped after various contacts and visits of the Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications. It will foster the establishment of a community of particle physicists and the cooperation in other areas of common interest.
The education and training programmes at CERN, like the High School Teachers Programme and the Non-Member State Summer Student Programme, are the current focus of the activities while Costa Rica consolidates particle physics in the country.
Various scientists from Costa Rica who participated in the scientific programme of CERN through European institutions are now settled in Costa Rica and are wishing to participate in CERN’s Scientific Programme. A scientist from the “Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica” participates in experiments at the ISOLDE Facility.