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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.

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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.

Using BioDynaMo to Study Virus Spread in Closed Environments | BioDynamo

(English / Switzerland) Viral contamination between individuals is enlarged in closed environments...

CERN and Life Sciences in Western Switzerland and worldwide | BioAlps

(Switzerland / English) BioAlps, the Regional Innovation System of Western Switzerland, features...

PRISMAP - Substantial change to the European landscape for novel and emerging medical radionuclides | PRISMAP

(English) Nuclear therapy and molecular imaging are widely used at hospitals for new promising...

De­tec­tor mea­sures cos­mic ra­di­a­tion on the Zugspitze | DLR German Aerospace Center

(Germany / English) Timepix3 was developed to detect elementary particles at CERN. It was then...

What measures can be taken to reduce the spread of aerosols in schools? | RTS

(Switzerland / French) This question is answered by a team of researchers from the Institute of...

Robotic computed tomography – removing NDT barriers for composites| CompositesWorld

(United States / English) Radalytica uses collaborative robots, ultra-sensitive X-ray photon...

A look back at the very first website ever launched, 30 years later| NPR

(United States / English) The first website contained information about the World Wide Web Project...

Three startups compete for Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies’ prize |

(Switzerland / English) Swiss Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies has selected...

The First Czech Product Will Reach the Moon | Prague

Czech company ADVACAM will help answer one of the most important questions of space travel: “How to...