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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

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.

In 2016, CERN started investigating the use of GEMPix to measure the 3D energy deposition of a therapeutic ion beam in a water phantom, for medical imaging purposes.
GeneROOT uses a data-processing framework developed at CERN for the high-energy physics community, to analyse large genomics datasets.
In November 2018, an ESA-led team came to CERN to test many space components with one of the most energetic radiation beams available on earth: the lead-ion beam delivered by CERN’s Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

Additively manufactured copper components for linear accelerator | IDW- Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

(Germany/English) A new generation of particle accelerators aims at taking cancer therapy, drug...

PRISMAP consortium to fast track nuclear medicine research | Physics World Online

(English) How can PRISMAP help? PRISMAP aims to produce, develop and disseminate a range of novel...

Using BioDynaMo to Study Virus Spread in Closed Environments | BioDynamo

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

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...

CERN and Life Sciences in Western Switzerland and worldwide | BioAlps

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

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...