On February 22, 2023, during the week of SAPA WISHEPP EXPO, organized by the Student Association for Physics and Astronomy (SAPA) and the Winter School in High Energy Physics, An-Najah National University, represented by Prof. Raed Al-Koni, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Hadil Abualrob, Head of the Department of Physics, and Dr. Ahmed Bassalat, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the University, Chair of the Winter School in High Energy Physics in Palestine (WISHEPP), and SAPA Supervisor, hosted a delegation from Paris Saclay University to discuss the latest achievements and scientific discoveries in physics.

The meeting provided an opportunity for both universities to discuss future possibilities for joint research projects and scientific collaborations.

During the meeting, the French delegation, composed of esteemed academics and specialists in the field of physics, presented the latest scientific findings and achievements in the field of physics and computing, such as the Higgs discovery and the challenges of data processing and storage.

Dr. Marie Helene Schune, Professor of Physics at Paris Saclay and Researcher at the LHCb-CERN experiment, talked about the groundbreaking discovery of the Higgs boson in 2010. This discovery, made by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, is widely regarded as one of the most significant scientific achievements of recent times. 

In his speech, Dr. Abdenour Lounis, Head of ATLAS-Pixel IJCLab Group, shared An-Najah University's experience in joining the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, in association with the IJCLab at the University of Paris Saclay in France. An-Najah is the first university in Palestine and among the first in the MENA region to join this international project, which is considered one of the most significant scientific experiments globally. 

Dr. Michel Jouvin, Head of Computing and IT Department highlighted the computing power of the Center ‎for Excellence in High Energy Physics in Palestine (CEHEP2), which is exclusive to An-Najah University in the Middle East. This makes An-Najah the first in Palestine to establish a global data storage center, enabling students to complete their research in record time.

It is worth mentioning that An-Najah and Paris Saclay Universities have been collaborating since 2016, and this meeting is another step in their ongoing partnership. An-Najah has also established a long-standing partnership with CERN, and this ongoing collaboration has facilitated important scientific advancements in the field of physics.

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