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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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The collaboration agreement between CERN and ESA, signed in July 2019, addresses the challenge of operating in harsh radiation environments found in both particle-physics facilities and outer space.
FastIC project catching the attention of the Medical Imaging industry.
A team of experts from CERN shared their expertise on machine learning with Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines business unit of Sanofi, a global life sciences company.
In March 2020, a working group was established by CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti as a response to the wealth of ideas and proposals put forward by the CERN community in contribution to the global fight against COVID-19
2019 saw the official launch of the Next Ion Medical Machine Study (NIMMS), an umbrella R&D programme for – both existing and new – CERN accelerator technologies linked to heavy-ion therapy.
Sharing software and codes in big data environments is a challenge. To do this efficiently researchers at CERN have developed a system called CernVM-FS, for CERN Virtual Machine File System, which is currently used in high-energy physics experiments to distribute about 350 million files.
CERN-MEDICIS (Medical Isotopes Collected from ISOLDE) is a unique facility designed to produce unconventional radioisotopes with the right properties to enhance the precision of both patient imaging and treatment.
The initial collaboration has now become an international initiative called Circular Health, looking at both technical and data governance aspects.
The National Center for Oncological Hadrontherapy (CNAO) in Pavia, Italy, is a facility offering advanced therapy to fight cancer and one of only five centres in the world treating with both protons and carbon ions.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

A digital twin of society illuminates its complexity | Statistics Netherlands (CBS)

(Netherlands/ English ) A collaboration agreement signed between Statistics Netherlands and CERN –...

Natural from Sittard starts collaboration between CERN and CBS

(Netherlands / English) Han Dols from Sittard has built a bridge between the scientific institute...

Critical step forward for radiotherapy with a new method to treat cancer | Manchester University

(United Kingdom / English) A new research development from The University of Manchester and the...

Guiding inventions from lab to market | Physics Today

(USA / English) A career in technology transfer requires skills in multitasking, communicating, and...

The CERN Open Hardware License has been approved by OSI | 3DNews

(Russia / Russian) The non-profit organization OSI (Open Source Intitiative) has approved the second...

Terapet awarded CHF 1,5 million funds | Terapet

(Switzerland / English) Terapet together with their world class R&D partners (CERN, Karolinska...

What art hides and technology uncovers: science is allowing us to discover secrets of great works (and rescue them) |

(Spain / Spanish) The five centuries that he has been buried under the Pantheon of Agrippa, in Rome...

International partnerships research global impact of COVID-19 |

(United Kingdom / English) Many effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries will be...

Orvium becomes CERN's Spin-Off | Orvium

(English / Spain) Orvium is pleased to announce a new collaboration agreement with the European...