The Republic of Turkey became an associate member state of CERN on 6 May, following notification that Turkey has ratified an agreement signed last year, granting this status to the country. Turkey’s new status will strengthen the long-term partnership between CERN and the Turkish scientific community. Associate membership will allow Turkey to attend meetings of the CERN Council. Moreover, it will allow Turkish scientists to become members of the CERN staff, and to participate in CERN’s training and career-development programmes. Finally, it will allow Turkish industry to bid for CERN contracts, thus opening up opportunities for industrial collaboration in areas of advanced technology.