CERN Knowledge Transfer

May 2021 Newsletter

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News Highlights

The rise of the radiation protection robots

With the Knowledge Transfer Spotlight Series, you are finding out about the experts behind the successful knowledge transfer activities at CERN. In this seventh issue, meet Mario Di Castro, leader of the Mechatronics, Robotics and Operations section, who develops software for more autonomous robots in extreme environments.

Learn more about Mario and his work in robotics here.

Connecting Life Sciences Innovators – Innovate in healthcare with CERN

On 18 March, the CERN Knowledge Transfer group and BioAlps, the Life Sciences Cluster of Western Switzerland, hosted the joint online event “Connecting Life Sciences Innovators – Innovate in healthcare with CERN”. This event presented how technological breakthroughs developed at CERN can support actors in the medtech and biotech domains to innovate patient diagnostics and treatment.

Learn more about this event here.

Mining the Future

The construction of the underground structures for the Future Circular Collider (FCC) would generate about 9 million cubic metres of excavated material. In line with the EU Circular Economy Action Plan, the FCC Innovation Study (FCCIS), is running the international competition “Mining for the future”, which takes up the challenge of identifying ways to turn the main excavation materials into a resource.

Inscriptions start on 28 April and will be open until the end of October.

Read more about this competition here.

In October, Orvium scientific publishing platform became CERN spin-off

Orvium, a CERN spin-off, is an innovative scientific publishing platform. It helps researchers and institutions to share their work, create open access journals, and streamline peer review. In 2021, it announced its collaboration with OpenAIRE infrastructure to offer researchers the chance to expand their audience by following the European Commission Open Access requirements.

Learn more about this CERN spin-off here.

Technology Highlights

High-quality, Low-cost Medical Ventilator

Ventilators provide oxygen-enriched air to patients who have difficulties in breathing, or cannot breathe autonomously. The High Energy Ventilator (HEV) project was born during the COVID-19 pandemic to design and prototype a versatile, high-quality, low-cost medical ventilator. It intends to provide long term alveolar ventilation support to patients, in or out of intensive care, for intubated and non-invasive cases.

In 2020, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), through the Global Challenges Research Fund, awarded funding to redesign the HEV for use in low- and middle-income countries: The High-Performance Low-Cost Ventilator (HPLV) was born.

Learn about this technology and how to apply for a commercial licence here.


CESP 2021 – Apply to CESP 2021 to develop your start-up ideas

We are inviting Masters-level students to apply for the CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme (CESP) 2021. CESP is a 5-week programme for Masters-level students to develop entrepreneurial skills, to which you can apply as an individual or as a team (2 to 4 members).

CESP, managed by the CERN Knowledge Transfer group will be accepting applications throughout May until 1 July 2021. The programme itself will be held from 26 July to 27 August.

More details about the application procedure, logistics and information on what you can expect from the programme, can be found here.

Entrepreneurship Meet-Up #113: Estonia – Start-up Destination

This month, the Entrepreneurship Meet-up focussed on Estonia.  Estonia is consistently ranked as one of the best countries in Europe for founders and start-ups. It is amazing to see how e-governance has made Estonia a destination for start-up founders globally.

For those who missed the event, the recording can be found on CERN YouTube lectures here.

CERN Alumni

The CERN Alumni Network celebrates its 4th anniversary

On 8 June, the CERN Alumni Network will celebrate its 4th anniversary. We are hoping to reach the landmark figure of 7 000 members! Help us strengthen and develop the high-energy network! If you have worked at CERN but are not a member yet, why not join this supportive community of CERN alumni with a shared experience and a strong wish to stay connected with the unique Organization and its people

Join the CERN Alumni Network here.

CERN AlumniCast | Meet Markos, former CERN Technical Student

CERN AlumniCast is a new series of podcasts. This month, we met former CERN Technical Student Markos Charatzas who explained that his time at CERN helped him build a solid foundation which equipped him with the necessary skills, not only to perform better in his final year at university, but also in his subsequent career. He also outlined the advantages of broadening one’s horizons with a professional experience abroad and some amusing anecdotes of living and working in a foreign country.

Discover Markos’ spotlight in our new series of podcasts, CERNAlumniCast.

Moving out of Academia to the Environment Industry

At the end of April, five alumni panellists gathered with more than 100 attendees for the sixth in the series of “Moving out of Academia to the Environment Industry”. All panellists working in this sector provided the audience with candid insights into preparing one’s transition from academia, as well as more information regarding career opportunities in this sector.

For those who missed the event, the recording and recommended links can be found here.

"News from the Lab" with Maurizio Vretenar, moderated by Roxana Rata: - ‘Accelerators for Society’ on Thurs 3 June 18:00 -19:00

Particle accelerators are our unique tool to penetrate the heart of matter, not only to study its composition but also to start processes at the atomic level that can be exploited in many fields of interest for medicine, industry, and environment.

Join Maurizio Vretenar and Roxana Rata for the upcoming News from the Lab, Accelerators for Society on Thursday 3 June 18:00 CEST here.

News from the Lab - ATLAS | New Small Wheel project

On 20 May, Kostas Ntekas and Florencia Daneri took CERN alumni on a virtual tour of the New Small Wheel project for the ATLAS experiment muon spectrometer upgrade. They explored the NSW project timeline from conception to the present day, focussing on the main challenges they have met along the way; an absolute treat for CERN alumni who wish to stay connected and satisfy their thirst for knowledge about the lab!

Learn more about the work carried out in the lab here.

CERN & Society Foundation

A donation for the future of youth in science

After a successful career in the construction business, Michael Paulson has retired on a ranch in Bend, Oregon in the United States. Michael has recently joined the CERN & Society Foundation’s family as a legacy donor providing generous support for the Non-Member States Summer Student Programme.

Learn more about Michael’s involvement in the CERN & Society Foundation here.

EU Projects

AIDAinnova kicks-off a visionary work programme for particle detectors in accelerators

A new EU project called AIDAinnova will sustainably develop a variety of innovative particle detector technologies for future experiments on accelerators. Its community came together for the first time from 13 to 16 April 2021 to set in motion the project’s work programme.

Learn more about this project here.


ATTRACT phase 2 will include three open calls! 

With ATTRACT phase 1 complete, the 170 selected projects have reached the end of the 12-months permitted to develop a proof-of-concept. Now, ATTRACT phase 2 will take forward the most promising opportunities with the objective of turning them into clear applications while generating new business and products for citizens.

To maximise the benefits of the new technologies on society, ATTRACT phase 2 will open three calls:

  • Thematic technology call, based on the most promising outcomes from phase 1;
  • ATTRACT Academy call for student programs;
  • Socioeconomic studies on the potential of scientific research infrastructures and innovation ecosystems.

Learn more about this initiative here.

CERN's Knowledge Transfer in the media

In May, KT had a successful media coverage. Here are the most interesting pieces:

ADVACAM will help NASA increase the safety of astronauts of the first crewed flight to the Moon since 1972 | Advacam | Read the full article

The MiniPIX TPX3 detector, which will fly to the Moon, is based on ADVACAM's long-term cooperation with the Institute of Technical and Experimental Physics of the Czech Technical University and the international Medipix2 and Medipix3 collaborations which are coordinated at CERN. It builds on more than two decades of development of the sophisticated Medipix and Timepix family of chips.

CTU: Radiation detectors are significantly used in space research | | Read the full article

The Institute of Technical and Experimental Physics of the Czech Technical University in Prague has long been dealing with the physics of the microworld, which also includes ionizing radiation. Exploring the composition of its energy spectrum, directional vectors of particles and time resolution is a long-term contribution of the institute to the international collaboration Medipix / Timepix, while the institute is one of its founding members.

Upcoming Events

Find out where you can meet the Knowledge Transfer team:

Tech4Growth Health – Building impactful partnerships between Start-ups, Corporates & Academia (Networking Events Series 2021-2024)
31 May – July 2, 2021 – Online
Becoming an Innovator in AI – Enter the world of women entrepreneurs leading start-ups that combine creativity and AI to deliver business value and impact.
2 June 2021 from 16:00 to 17:30 CET – Online
Innosuisse Workshop for Female Leaders and Innovators – Negociation booster workshop.
9 June 2021 from 13:00 to 16:00 CET – Online
KT Seminar – Entrepreneurship in Augmented Reality – The Journey from CERN to Something Completely Different.
10 June 2021 from 16:00 to. 17:00 CET – Online

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