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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 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.
In March 2018, experts from ESA and IROC Technologies came to perform tests in VESPER.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

A New Fund at CERN | Geneve Internationale

(Switzerland / English) CERN launches a fund to address global challenges. The ambition is to...

JINR inclinometers launched the new CERN technology transfer fund |Atomic-energy

(Russia / Russian) On March 18, CERN announced the launch of a new Technology Impact Fund. The...

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...