In 2007, a Qatari delegation headed by a professor at the Qatar University (QU) visited CERN, and expressed interest in collaborating with CERN. QU has expertise in positron techniques to characterize materials, and common interest was established with the ISOLDEgroup. This has led to a joint experimental proposal to CERN that has recently been approved. QU has also stated its intention to establish a group working in one of the LHC collaborations. The Qatar Foundation has expressed interest in such an initiative.
CERN and Qatar signed an International Cooperation Agreement (ICA) in 2016.