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KFAS and KU are organizing the Exhibition of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Kuwait

 Presenting the Visitors with the Wonderful World of Elementary Particles and Secrets of the Universe

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS), in cooperation with Kuwait University, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Center for Elementary Particle Physics, affiliated to Sheikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa Centre for Culture & Research, is organizing the CERN Exhibition in Kuwait during the period from 11th November 2019 until 18th January 2020. The exhibition will be held in the building of Prof. Faiza Al-Kharafi at the Faculty of Science, Kuwait University, in Al-Khalidiya district. This exhibition will present the visitors with the wonderful world of elementary particles, fundamental forces and secrets of the universe through interactive screens and high-tech quality techniques.

Dr. Adnan Ahmad Shihab-Eldin, Director General of KFAS, stated that the convening of the exhibition is the realization of KFAS' current strategy, which is predicated on encouraging the engagement in the fields of science, technology and innovation, and building the capacity of young people in the scientific fields.

The exhibition, which is the fruitful of cooperation between the Kuwait University and KFAS on one hand and CERN on the other hand, is part of a series of scientific activities of elementary particle physics that are held in the State of Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries. The exhibition aims to acquaint students, teachers and the general public with the research efforts that are undertaken by CERN.

Prof. Dr. Hussein Al-Ansari, Director of Kuwait University, pointed out that the CERN exhibition that will be held in Kuwait will be convened on the sidelines of the submission of the Kuwait University to a full membership application to one of the main experiments at CERN, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) - (One of two large general-purpose particle physics detectors built on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland and France), with the support of KFAS. All of this comes as part of the University's relentless endeavor to enhance its participation in the international research, knowledge production and technology development. The membership aims to grant an opportunity for researchers at Kuwait University to utilize from the scientific innovations and initiatives of the organization, in particular the particle accelerators and other infrastructure that is needed for high energy physics research and for verifying the standard model of elementary particles.

The exhibition also seeks to promote the passion and inspiration of all visitors; encourage the teaching of modern physics in middle and high schools; motivate students to continue their scientific and academic disciplines in the studies of the origin of the universe and the basic components of the material, through using several exciting exhibits, including watching a film on the history of the universe, its formation and through an interactive game to accelerate and collide protons.

The exhibition comprises a number of three-dimensional images illustrating the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), located in CERN Center on the French-Swiss border, which is the largest and most complex scientific instrument in the world. In addition to that, the exhibition includes a number of large modern screens through which the importance of CERN's experiments can be illustrated. The screens also illustrate the relationship between basic research in physics and present-day technologies.

The Program Manager of Publicizing and Dissemination of Science and Technology Program at KFAS,  Dr. Layla Al-Musawi, indicated that KFAS is keen to develop various programs and initiatives to enhance these strands and promote the spread of scientific culture among various segments of society using multiple modes including: The dissemination of knowledge through several distinctive and traditional electronic platforms; cultivating young talents to disseminate scientific knowledge and scientific communication; encouraging the citizen science initiatives in which the local community collaborates with scientists to collect data and raise awareness of scientific issues that affect the day to day life, in addition to its  adoption of  motivating activities that are in line with its plan to spread the culture of innovation and creativity.

On this occasion, Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture & Research, expressed her pride and joy that the brothers in the State of Kuwait will be hosting the first scientific exhibition of CERN as a part of the vision of the Sheikh Ibrahim Center in strengthening the scientific aspect in GCC countries; as this Center complements the cultural mission of the exhibition. She is also proud of the constructive cooperation among the Research Center, affiliated to Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture & Research, CERN,  KFAS and Kuwait University to accomplish this assignment. Shaikha Mai has also extended thanks to all sponsors of this cooperation, including the Research Center and the CERN for the practical and logistical preparation of the exhibition, and the KFAS for their support to hold the exhibition as well as Kuwait University for hosting the exhibition at the university. She invited the scientific institutions, students and those concerned in Kuwait to visit this scientific exhibition.

Research Center:

The Research Center, affiliated to the Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture & Research, is the first center in the Arabian Gulf and the Middle East that specializes in the elementary particle physics in cooperation with CERN for the purpose of holding scientific activities such as research, workshops, scientific exhibitions and conferences specializing in elementary particles in the region.