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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.

From CERN to future digital identity concepts and cryptography | Bundesdruckerei

(Germany / German) Bundesdruckerei works with CERN on future digital identity concepts and...

Physics worth more to EU economy than retail and financial services | Science|Business

(English) Anais Rassat of CERN’s knowledge transfer office said CERN encourages its staff to develop...

New Gantry Design Uses CERN Magnet Technology in Innovative Cancer Treatment | Cryogenic Society of America

(English) New Gantry Design Uses CERN Magnet Technology in Innovative Cancer Treatment. Vol. 35, No...

From particle accelerator to innovations for daily life | BNR

(Netherlands / Dutch) De deeltjesversneller van CERN kent iedereen, maar dat de experimenten die...

CERN and ESA join forces in harsh environments | CERN Courier

(English) Strengthening connections between particle physics and related disciplines, CERN signed a...

CERN start-up develops a scanner for the security sector | Clubic

(France / French) Une start-up du célèbre CERN, baptisée Dynaxion, est en train de développer un...

Jupiter’s magnetic field simulated on Earth using CERN high-energy electron beam | Digital Trends

(English) To see how the JUICE hardware will handle this radiation, the ESA has borrowed the world’s...

The Nikhef spin-off Amsterdam Scientific Instruments raises funding | Link Magazine

(Netherlands / Dutch) Deze spin-off van Nikhef ontwikkelt cutting-edge camera’s voor...

INFN and CERN create Machina, a particle accelerator that inspects art works | Corriere della Sera

(Italy / Italian) Il “cannone” portatile che svela i segreti dell’arte