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.
“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 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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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”.
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.
AquaSmart, a smart grid system to help identify and solve water leakages, was announced as the winner of the Innovation for Change project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new biotech startup, called Camstech and which uses CERN technology, was welcomed into the STFC CERN UK Business Incubation Centre in March 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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: http://www.eiroforum-wissab.eu/
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.
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.
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.
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.