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CERN is publicly funded by its 23 Member States and Associate Member States. Find out below about how this investment creates a positive impact on society.

Success stories

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Orvium is a new openly accessible platform that aims to revolutionise academic paper review and publishing, using technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence and Zenodo, CERN’s digital repository service based on INVENIO.
The latest example is The Madonna and Child, a painting on canvas from a private collection. In 2020, the Czech start-up InsightART successfully helped attribute the painting to the Renaissance master Raphael, using RToo, a state-of-the-art robotic X-ray scanner.
During 2016, the construction of the 750 MHz Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) was successfully completed.
In September 2020, CERN and the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) announced their collaboration on an innovative facility that will use CLIC (Compact Linear Collider) accelerator technology.
CERN patented Gas Electron Multiplier updated for use in hadron therapy and radiotherapy.
Developing standards for activated material characterisation would not only improve the safe handling of these materials, but also help unclutter storage facilities by removing materials that can be recycled.
A new Monolithic Active Pixel Sensor, originally developed to upgrade the ALICE inner tracking system during the second long shutdown of LHC, is on its way to Bergen University for a very different application – Proton Computed Tomography (Proton CT).
Horizon 2020 project ARIES aims to improve the performance, availability and sustainability of particle accelerators, transferring its benefits and applications to science and society.
In September 2019, CERN, the foundation Commodity Risk Management Expertise Centre (CORMEC) and the Wageningen University signed an agreement to develop new methods for identifying anomalies that can harm the integrity of commodity and financial markets.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

CERN bets on particle accelerators to zap hard-to-reach tumours and treat the worst forms of cancer |

(Europe/English) As the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, the European Organization for...

The extraordinary particle collider that will help us understand the origin of the universe

(Spain/Spanish) Article from National Geographic Spain highlighting CERN's work and its impact on...

CSEM to develop 3D printed pipes with embedded sensors | 3D Printing Media Network

(UK/ English) CSEM is coordinating a high-profile EU-funded project to enhance the performance of...

Interview of Giovanni Anelli, KT Group Leader | Aspects

(France / French) Interview with Giovanni Anelli, Group Leader of the Knowledge Transfer group at...

Radiation, a major challenge to space exploration

(France / French) The protection of the astronauts against radiation is one of the main challenges...

ABB and CERN in new innovation partnership | Big Science Sweden

(Sweden / English) The partnership will use data insight and expertise to reduce the energy...

CERN and ABB to make laboratories more sustainable | SwissTrade

(Switzerland / English) The European research institute CERN and technology company ABB have entered...

Scientific research cooperation: Why collaborate in science? Benefits and examples | UNESCO

(UNESCO/English) The need for a stronger scientific collaboration It was one of the longest-standing...

Le Cern lance un programme d’innovations contre le changement climatique | Poc Media

(France / French) Les recherches menées au CERN relèvent parfois presque de la science-fiction...