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CERN signs agreement with Italian business education partner

CERN and leading Italian business school SAFM will collaborate on entrepreneurship and management

MassChallenge 2017 Start-up Accelerator Programme Selects CERN Radon Smart Sensors

The Radon Dose Monitor (RaDoM) project has secured a spot in the final round of the MassChallenge(link is external) 2017 Start-up Accelerator Programme in Switzerland, with the goal of setting up a CERN spin-off company named SmartSensors(link is external).

D-Beam joins the STFC-CERN Business Incubation Centre

Prof Welsch is head of Physics at Liverpool University as well as leader of the QUASAR Group at the Cockcroft Institute​; he explains how frustration led him to set-up the company:

“So far we have developed beam diagnostic devices as prototypes, developed them, built them, tested them, shown that they are working, but then we have had to let the technology go because a university group cannot be in charge of producing a specific instrument.

**Open** Knowledge Transfer Officer for Medical Technologies

Apply now for this new position in CERN's Knowledge Transfer group.

For more details, please consult the full opening details on CERN's career website.

CERN and French space agency CNES start R&D collaborations

CERN & CNES agreement kickstarts aerospace collaborations, from radiation studies to mini satellites #CERNKT

Spectral imaging: from CERN to medical technologies

Ever since Röntgen discovered x-rays in 1895, physics and medicine have gone hand in hand, and advances made to particle detectors at CERN and elsewhere have continuously fuelled new developments in medical imaging.

Introducing CESP: The CERN Entrepreneurship Student programme

You may wonder what the link between CERN, the world’s largest scientific research laboratory in particle physics, and entrepreneurship is. Beyond high-energy physics and a long tradition of scientific excellence, CERN has also been a hub of new technologies and inventions often translated into new products and services leading to the creation of start-ups.

CERN at G3iD: tackling UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

CERN attended the United Nations’ Geneva Global Goals innovation Day (G3iD) to show how CERN tackles UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Slush brings scientists and entrepreneurs closer

With astonishing figures like 17,500 attendees, one million live stream viewers and thousands of participating start-up companies and venture capitalists, Slush is undeniably Europe’s leading entrepreneurship event. Among accredited business founders and investors, CERN was invited to give a keynote speech at the 2016 edition of the annual event, held in Helsinki, Finland, at the start of December. With Slush aiming to aid the next generation of world-conquering companies and CERN aiming to find answers to fundamental questions about the Universe, you might wonder what these two organisations have in common.

CERN Roadshow in Finland

CERN Roadshow in Finland is an all-day event on the 6th of April 2017, organised by Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The event brings CERN and Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) management, and experts of CERN procurement, knowledge transfer and human resources to Aalto University Design Factory in Otaniemi, Finland.

CERN: ideal for entrepreneurship, for those who take a leap

CERN is a hub for top-notch scientists, engineers and professionals from all corners of the world, committed to advance their fields, to explore the unknown and to learn. This combination is also stimulating for the entrepreneurial spirit. However, it is not easy leaving a safe environment such as that of CERN.

AIDA-2020’s first ‘Academia meets Industry’: Medical Imaging & Image Processing

At the start of April, the first 'Academia meets Industry' (AMI) event will be hosted by CNRS-LPNHE at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, focusing on Medical Imaging and Image Processing. This will be a unique conference on the latest developments in all fields of medical imaging, image treatment and the technologies developed in the frame of the AIDA-2020 project, and will consist of technical talks by industry and academic partners, industrial exhibition for industrial partners and a Network Cocktail Reception.

The accelerator under the Louvre

Only a fraction of the 30,000 accelerators around the world are used for scientific research. Accelerators have diverse uses in varying fields and perhaps one of the most unexpected is their role in cultural preservation.

Crystal Clear celebrates 25 years

On 24 November 2016, 70 participants attended the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Crystal Clear collaboration (experiment RD-18). The speakers guided the audience through the history of the collaboration, and several of the collaboration’s spokespeople gave talks, starting from the first spokesperson in 1991, Paul Lecoq, and ending with Etiennette Auffray, spokesperson since 2010.

How the LHC could help us peek inside the human brain

The LHC has been key in driving development of superconducting magnets – one of the most influential technologies to come out of accelerator research and development. These magnets are needed for energy, transport, and medical technology, applications far beyond the field of high energy physics.

High Energy physics’ thirst for superconducting magnets

CERN develops cryogenic safety tool with broad range of applications

Andre Henriques discusses the Kryolize project in this short video.

In September, some 120 experts in cryogenic safety came to CERN for the HSE Unit’s first Cryogenic Safety Seminar. Their discussions included Kryolize, a new CERN technology tailored for the LHC with a wide range of potential applications.

CERN at IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (NSS/MIC)

CERN will be present at the IEEE conference on Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference 2016 (NSS/MIC) in Strasbourg, France, 29th October to 5th November. CERN will have a strong presence related to its contribution to High Energy Physics, medical imaging, health and safety, and knowledge transfer and industry. An institutional booth will showcase CERN’s activities in science, technology and knowledge transfer.

CERN's Knowledge Transfer at SEMICON Europa

SEMICON Europa is the largest Microelectronics event in Europe, and CERN's Knowledge Transfer team will be present as an exhibitor during the event 25th-27th October in Grenoble. You can register to Semicon now with our promo-code and save €25 on registration.

If you are present at SEMICON Europa, we want to invite you to come by booth 1352, where we will happily discuss the latest CERN technologies available for industry and ready for licensing. Make sure you also stop by during our special cocktail event on Thursday 27th.


CERN Launches Open Journal of Experimental Innovation – CIJ

CERN’s IdeaSquare is launching a new on-line journal called CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation or CIJ. The new journal will provide an open platform and a data depository for socio-economic innovation research.

CERN and Siemens subsidiary ETM sign knowledge transfer agreement

CERN signed a knowledge transfer agreement with the company ETM, a 100% owned subsidiary of Siemens AG, headquartered in Austria. ETM develops Simatic WinCC Open Architecture (WinCC OA), a SCADA software (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) that is key to industrial control and automation.

CERN Knowledge Transfer at the European Science Open Forum

CERN attended the European Science Open Forum (ESOF) in Manchester this July, as part of EIROforum, a network of eight European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIROs) set up to support European science in reaching its full potential.  EIROforum works closely with industry to foster innovation and to stimulate the transfer of technology. 

How the LHC is inspiring a Smart Urban Farm Startup

“Data is the new petrol,” says Axel Voitier, a CERN robotics engineer who has worked for nearly a decade on the industrial control systems on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). After his experience at CERN, Axel has decided to transition into the world of entrepreneurship. After a decade of experience of data coming from the control systems of the largest experiment in the world, he will be focusing on the data to help manage “smart urban farms”.

CERN and Turkey Network on Innovation in Istanbul

CERN and Turkey organised a joint Knowledge Transfer Summit this May, aimed at strengthening the links between different leading actors of innovation.  The summit brought together leaders from academia, technology and industry and was held at Istanbul Bilgi University. It was attended by representatives of the CERN Knowledge Transfer group, the Turkish Technology Transfer Offices (TTO) and Turkish industrials.

New open source medical imaging tools

CERN and the University of Bath have released a new toolbox for fast, accurate 3D X-ray image reconstruction with applications in medical imaging and cancer diagnosis.

The software offers a very simple and affordable way to improve imaging and potentially reduce radiation doses for patients.

CERN featured in Global Innovation Index 2016 Report

CERN is delighted to be featured in the 9th edition of the The Global Innovation Index 2016 (GII 2016). The GII 2016 was launched today, co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

Technology Applications and Industrial Opportunities at ICHEP 2016

Once again, CERN will be involved in the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP-2016). This year's edition will be held 3-10th August in Chicago. The conference is a focal point of the field of particle physics, bringing together experimentalists and theorists of the world, and will hold its 38th edition this year.

New AIDA-2020 call for breakthrough detector technologies

Physicists, engineers, and industry will be interested in a new Proof-of-Concept fund for breakthrough projects from the general field of detector development and testing. The fund will provide up to 200k€ of seed funding to support innovative and societal applications with a focus on industry-oriented applications.  The deadline for applying is October 20th 2016.

**Open** Knowledge Transfer Officer position

There is a new opening in the Knowledge Transfer group at CERN. For more details, please consult the full opening details on CERN's career website.

EIROforum presence at ESOF in Manchester, 23-27th July 2016.

The EIROforum will be present at the upcoming ESOF (European Science Open Forum) Conference in Manchester 23-27th July this year. CERN will be present as a member of the EIROforum.

CERN and Swiss Space Center Sign Knowledge Transfer Agreement

CERN signed an agreement with the Swiss Space Center (SSC) on 3rd June 2016, during the CERN/SSC Technology Transfer event, entitled “From High Energy Physics to Aerospace – Collaboration Opportunities”.

Viewpoint: A global lab with a global mission

Charlotte Lindberg Warakaulle, Director of International Relations, offers her viewpoint on how CERN is a global laboratory with a global mission.

Her viewpoint was originally published in the June version of the CERN Courier.


Photo: CERN


Innovation for Change rewards student water leak solution.

AquaSmart, a smart grid system to help identify and solve water leakages, was announced as the winner of the Innovation for Change project.

Read more about this news on the main CERN website.

CERN and INFN encourage new Italian business network

CERN signed its ninth Business Incubation Centre (BIC) agreement, with the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN). The agreement was signed by Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of CERN, and Fernando Ferroni, the President of the INFN.

Read more on the main CERN website.

Business Incubation Centres of CERN Technologies Meet to Discuss Innovation

The managers of the Business Incubation Centres (BICs) of CERN Technologies met in the UK on 7-8th June with representatives of CERN’s Knowledge Transfer group. This second annual meeting of the BIC network provided an opportunity to exchange best practices to foster entrepreneurship related to CERN technologies.

Six new projects will bridge gap between CERN and society

CERN has awarded funding to six new projects with the aim to bridge the gap between technology and society. Over 600,000 CHF (€542, 766) of capital was granted through its competitive Knowledge Transfer Fund (KT Fund). The fund is issued as part of CERN’s goal to maximize its overall impact on society.

The projects selected are described in the CERN Bulletin edition of 13th June.

Viewpoint: The CERN Effect

Professor Sijbrand de Jong, President of CERN Council, offers his viewpoint on CERN's role in transferring innovation and knowledge so that cutting-edge research can benefit society.

His viewpoint was published in the April edition of the CERN Courier.

Camstech Biotech Startup Enters CERN Business Incubation Centre

A new biotech startup, called Camstech and which uses CERN technology, was welcomed into the STFC CERN UK Business Incubation Centre in March 2016.

**Open** Two Knowledge Transfer Officer positions.

There are two openings in the Knowledge Transfer group at CERN. For more details, please consult the full opening details on CERN's career website.


Make Your Next Scientific Conference Stand Out

Do start-ups have a dedicated space at your next scientific conference? “The CERN Knowledge Transfer Group is committed to strengthening the links between research and entrepreneurship,” says David Mazur, who leads the Intellectual Property Dissemination at CERN.

Spanish BIC of CERN technologies

The latest Business Incubation Centre of CERN technologies (BIC) agreement was signed on October 19th in conjunction with the Spanish Association of Science Industry INEUSTAR.

INEUSTAR is a non-profit, nationwide, private industrial association. One of its main objectives is the promotion of new activities in the domain of the so-called Science Industry based on knowledge and experiences originating from that sector.

CERN Knowledge Transfer exhibits at SEMICON Europa 2015

From 6 until 8 October, CERN’s Knowledge Transfer group is present at SEMICON Europa 2015, the largest trade fair and conference in Europe dedicated to the Semiconductor industry. At a stand shared with the IRT NanoElec consortium (ESRF, ILL and CEA), CERN’s technologies in medical imaging (Medipix), radiation-hard electronics, Monte Carlo simulation and radiation testing are being actively promoted to over 4000 visitors.

CERN exhibits at RADECS in Moscow


17 September 2015, Moscow

EuCARD-2 Workshop on Applications of Thermal Management Materials

In the framework of EuCARD-2, an ambitious research program has been undertaken to investigate, process and characterise novel composite materials. These are intended to combine optimum mechanical, thermal and electrical properties, such as mechanical strength, melting temperature, thermal shock resistance, electrical conductivity, and energy absorption.

ICTR-PHE 2016 - February 15-19



Date: February 15 – 19, 2016 CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

Abstract submission closes: October 16, 2015

Early registration closes: October 16, 2015

Late registration closes: January 18, 2016

Conference webpage:


Workshop on Innovation & Growth, a process engaging both public and private sectors

Innovation is a magic word in the modern world economy. But magic comes with a bit of a mystery, fear and mechanisms not entirely crystal clear. The workshop was born as an occasion to address and discuss such issues. Or at least some of the major points in an audience where economists mix with practitioners, where scientists address industry (and vice versa), where theoreticians and experimentalists debate and discuss. And, with a bit of luck, even politicians and decision makers will pop-up (maybe).

CERN spin-off TIND Technologies

CERN spin-off TIND Technologies has been selected to deliver the cloud-based library management system to the California Institute of Technology. The basis of the system is Invenio, an open source software package originally developed to host the CERN document server.

CERN Entrepreneurship Meet-Up

Before taking a summer holiday, the CERN Entrepreneurship Meet-Up organised a pitching competition for aspiring entrepreneurs currently working at CERN. The meet-ups are an arena for CERN people who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation to meet, discuss, learn and share ideas, and are arranged every other Wednesday.

The pitching competition gave the 13 participants 5 minutes to present their ideas, which ranged from automotive inverters for stationary solar installations to mobile phone apps for monitoring personal finances.

EIROforum Science-Business WISSAB - 21-22 September 2015

When: 21-22 September 2015

Where: Advanced Training Center (ATC), EMBL Heidelberg,
Meyerhofstrasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Registration deadline: September 1, 2015

Official workshop website:


Business Incubation Centres of CERN Technology

Monday the 18th and Tuesday the 19th of May, marks two important developments for CERN in terms of supporting the creation of businesses using CERN technologies.

Knowledge Transfer 2014

Knowledge Transfer Annual Report 2014

NTNU Business Incubation Centre of CERN Technology

On Monday the 13th of October Pro-Rector Johan E. Hustad from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and CERN Director for Research and Computing Sergio Bertolucci, signed an agreement between NTNU and CERN for the establishment of a new Business Incubation Centre of CERN technologies.

Second ICTR-PHE conference closed its doors

From 10 to 14 February, physicists, medical doctors and life science experts met again in Geneva to discuss how to improve the use of innovative techniques in the fight against cancer.

3D-printing company joins STFC CERN BIC

Croft Additive Manufacturing is the first company to join the STFC-CERN BIC, the UK-based business incubation centre established by the 

Science and Business WAMAS

The first EIROforum workshop for Science and Business on Advanced Materials and Surfaces (WAMAS) took place at the Globe of Science and Innovation at CERN on 19-20 November 2013.

New version of CERN open hardware licence

In March 2011 CERN released the first version of its Open Hardware Licence, a document to govern the use, copying, modification and distribution of hardware design documentation, and the manufacture and distribution of products. Now a new version of the licence is freeing designers to experiment further and exchange more knowledge related to hardware technologies.

CERN to produce radioisotopes for health

A groundbreaking ceremony at CERN today marked the beginning of the construction of CERN MEDICIS, a research facility that will make radioisotopes for medical applications. The facility will use a proton beam at ISOLDE to produce the isotopes, which are first destined for hospitals and research centres in Switzerland, and will progressively extend to a larger network of laboratories in Europe and beyond.

Funding Innovation

Five projects promoting knowledge transfer from CERN to society get financial support from the KT Fund. 

Accelerating sustainability

Managing energy efficiency and quality is a key challenge for accelerator laboratories such as CERN and other large-scale scientific facilities. CERN is on the case.

Biology, Medicine and Physics to fight cancer

The first joint International Conference on Translational Research in Radiation Oncology and CERN’s Physics for Health workshop to take place in Geneva February 27 – March 2, 2012.

Hadron Therapy gains momentum in Europe

Members of ENLIGHT, the European Network for LIGht ion Hadron Therapy, gather in Marburg (Germany) for their annual meeting to review the recent developments in the field. ENLIGHT was set up in 2002 and funded by the EC in order to create a common platform for sharing data, information and best practices. Since 2006, the network continues without funding, and is co-ordinated by CERN’s Life Sciences Advisor Manjit Dosanjh.

CERN Open Hardware Licence

CERN Open Hardware Licence (OHL) is a legal framework to facilitate knowledge exchange across the electronic design community.

Version 1.2 of the Licence, written by Myriam Ayass, legal adviser of CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group, was issued in September 2013.