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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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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.
The High Energy Ventilator (HEV), first prototyped in March 2020 by a team of physicists from the LHCb collaboration, was designed as a fully functional, high-quality medical ventilator for use in and out of intensive care units.
As part of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a team led by physicists and engineers from the LHCb collaboration has proposed a design for a novel ventilator.

The Hyperloop competition, intiated by SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, sets the challenge of devising a pod-like transportation system travelling at sonic or even ultrasonic speeds in high-vacuum tubes over several hundreds of kilometres - reducing travel times from hours to minutes.

IGLUNA is an educational project aimed at investigating the realisation of a human habitat on the moon. 18 student teams from all over Europe, built several technology demonstrators for this habitat.
A2O Innovation Solutions is a start-up providing technologies for weight reduction, operational efficiency and CO2 emission reduction mainly targeted at the transport sector.
CERN signed a knowledge transfer agreement with the company ETM, a 100% owned subsidiary of Siemens AG.
CERN started manufacturing face masks and shields early on during the pandemic.
The following CERN irradiation facilities will be part of CERN-ESA protocol on radiation testing: IRRAD, CERF, n_TOF, and CALLAB.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

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

(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 | ukri.org

(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...

High radiation dose rates may improve cancer therapy | Physics Today online

( U.S.A / English ) The ill-understood effect is gaining momentum and opening new avenues of...

Li Ka-shing Foundation supports MBI color medical scanner | hk.on

(Hong Kong / Cantonese) With the support of the Li Ka-shing Foundation, Hong Kong can realize the...

New 3D colour X-rays made possible with CERN technology | Mirage News

(Australia / English) MARS Bioimaging have released stunning new images made using a world-first...

Proud of Accent Inkubator Joining the Network as Certified EU|BIC | ebn.eu

(Belgium / English) A ‘tough tech business incubator’ and spin-off expert for academic R&D, defining...

For the first time, an AI [tested at CERN] processes data from orbit | ICTjournal

(Switzerland / French) Embarquée dans le micro-satellite PhiSat-1, Intel Movidius Myriad 2 Vision...

CERN artwork authentication technology wins ArtTech award | Heidi.news

(Switzerland / French) The public chose InsightArt for the ArtTech Foundation's CHF 20,000 prize.