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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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Since 2014, the Electrical Power Converters group at CERN has been developing compatibility software to allow its power converter digital controls to be integrated into the more commonly used controls frameworks TANGO and EPICS.
The Knowledge Transfer group at CERN initiated a pilot programme in collaboration with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), with the purpose of exploring how cutting-edge Israeli companies and institutes can embrace specific CERN technologies and know-how to fuel innovation and drive positive impact in society.
LINAC-based technology finds way into cancer therapy.
A commercial agreement was established with ISIS (Innovative Solutions In Space) BV, a Dutch company specialised in nanosat solutions.
In 2016, there were eleven requests for FLUKA licences. Mainly from companies performing shielding studies, but also from some in the field of safety, inspection and auditing that requested the technology, as well as companies working in radio-protection related to dismantling activated industrial facilities.
FLUKA is a particle transport and interaction simulation code, originally developed by CERN and INFN for particle physics, which finds applications in a wide range of other domains including medical.
Since 2016, CERN is part of a research project to develop a system for optimised irrigation, based on technologies developed for high-energy physics.
One of the Knowledge Transfer (KT) group’s priorities is to foster a culture of entrepreneurship at CERN. This is made possible throughactivities such as the Business Incubation Centre (BIC) network and programmes like the CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme (CESP) and the NTNU and BIC screening weeks.

The ever-increasing magnetic fields required to achieve the desired energies in colliders like the LHC and in the Future Circular Collider, are the main drivers for developing superconducting cable technology. Two technology synergies are emerging: high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and "smart" superconducting grids.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

CERN spin-off PlanetWatch completes seed round fund | PRWeb

(English) PlanetWatch completes seed round to further real-time air quality monitoring on Algorand.

COVID-19: the Milan Mechanical Ventilator (MVM) project is certified by FDA | INFN

(Italy / Italian) Il Milano Ventilatore Meccanico (MVM), l’innovativo dispositivo per la...

Cost-effective proton therapy | Healthcare in London: Third Edition

(United Kingdom / English) Current proton therapy systems, where protons are accelerated in a...

The Director General of CERN Fabiola Gianotti talks about the fight against the pandemic | La 7

(Italy / Italian) The Director General of CERN Fabiola Gianotti talks about the fight against the...

Physicists design simplified ventilator | University of Massachusetts Amherst

(English) Physicists in Italy, Canada and U.S. design simplified ventilator adaptable to local...

Antimatter Physicists Designed a Ventilator for Coronavirus Patients | VICE

(English) Particle physicists at the Large Hadron Collider are joining the fight against Covid-19...

CERN Creating 'Stripped-down' Ventilator for COVID-19 Patients | Newsweek

(United States / English) Known as the High Energy Ventilator, or HEV, the device could be used to...

CERN physics lab developing basic COVID-19 ventilator | Phys.org

(English) Physics experts are working at Europe's CERN lab to create a basic ventilator for mild...

High-energy particle physicists figured out video conferencing a long time ago | QUARTZ

(English) Since the mid-2000s, the physicists at CERN have used a videoconferencing platform they...