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November 2021 Newsletter

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News Highlights

CERN and CNAO, a long-standing collaboration in the fight against cancer

This month, the CNAO hadrontherapy centre in Pavia, Italy, organised a special event to celebrate its twenty-year anniversary as well as the ten-year anniversary of the treatment of its first cancer patient. Since then, more than 3600 patients have been treated at this state-of-the-art centre, one of only six in the world able to perform hadrontherapy with both proton and carbon ions.

CERN and CNAO have a long-standing collaboration, which dates back to the design phase of the treatment centre. Between 1996 and 2000, under the impulsion of Ugo Amaldi, CERN hosted and contributed to the Proton-Ion Medical Machine Study (PIMMS), which aimed to combine efforts and expertise in order to optimise a design for a cancer therapy synchrotron.

Read more about this collaboration here.

Additively manufactured copper components for linear accelerators

Over 30 000 accelerators are currently in use worldwide, the large majority of which is used for healthcare, the environment and industry. 3D printing is one way to make them smaller and cheaper, thus more accessible to users. Earlier this year, the first quadrupole component made for accelerators was created using this technology.

This world first achievement was made possible by Fraunhofer IWS, together with CERN, Riga Technical University and Politecnico di Milano, all partners of the EU-funded project IFAST coordinated by CERN, which aims to enhance innovation in the particle accelerator community and use accelerators to address global societal challenges.

Learn more about this feat here.

ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet comes back to Earth

On 9 November, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet safely came to Earth. During his time in space, the French astronaut activated the Lumina experiment inside the International Space Station as part of Mission Alpha.

Calibrated and tested at CERN, this CNES experiment uses two several-kilometre-long optical fibres as highly sensitive dosimeters to measure ionising radiation in the ISS. It is only a first step for fibre-optic dosimeters. As humans venture into space, the radiation levels increase, and so does the need for reliable dose monitoring.

Read more about this experiment here.

Technology Highlights

CERN Technology of the month: High-Frequency Radio Frequency Quadrupoles

Building on CERN’s experience with the LINAC4 injector, High-Frequency Radio Frequency Quadrupoles (HF-RFQ) were constructed with the goal of providing a compact, low-current injector for a proton therapy linear accelerator.  It provides a more portable and adaptable alternative to cyclotrons, for use in medical applications and cultural heritage, for the production of medical isotope production and material analysis respectively.

Learn more about this technology here.


PlanetWatch announces new partnership with leading climate marketplace ClimateTrade

PlanetWatch (CERN Spin-off), the world's first decentralised indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring network, announces its new partnership with leading blockchain-enabled climate marketplace, ClimateTrade.

Learn more about this news here.

Terabee announces new capital increase

The Terabee startup, a user of CERN technology, has raised €1.27m and is looking at its funding options going forwards having been approached by several companies.

Learn more about this news here.

CERN & Society Foundation

Give the gift of security to communities at risk of natural calamities all over the world

To help them face calamities, CERN is developing the Compact Precision Laser Inclinometer (CPLI), an extremely sophisticated early-warning system for seismic events which will completely change civil protection strategies to protect communities and reduce direct losses.

A gift to the CERN & Society Foundation in this festive season is a gesture that could save a life from the destruction of earthquakes. You can donate now on the Foundation’s website.

Learn more about this initiative here.

CERN Alumni

CERN Alumni Second Collisions – Environment and Sustainability

For those with an interest in the environment and sustainability industries, we invite you to follow the fascinating and thought-provoking talks given by CERN Alumni Second Collisions speakers. These talks cover fighting global warming with thorium-based technology, one CERN alum’s journey from cryogenics to clean waters and a former physicist’s enterprise making household technologies more affordable and accessible in East Africa.

Follow the talks here.

News from the Lab – Challenges and perspectives for Target Systems of high-intensity and high-energy machines with Marco Calviani

Following last issue's insightful “News from the Lab” where Stefan Lüders, outlined The Difficult Balance between Academic Freedom, Industrial Installations and Cyber-Security, on 9 December 18.00 CET, we shall be welcoming Marco Calviani, Head of the Target Collimator Dumps section at CERN, who will walk us through the challenges and perspectives for target systems of high-intensity and high-energy machines.

Register for this event here.

CERN Openlab

Applications open for 2022 CERN openlab Summer Student Programme

Are you a bachelors or masters student in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or physics? Do you have a strong computing profile, and would be interested in working on advanced computing projects at CERN during summer 2022? If so, we have just the solution for you... the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme.

Apply by noon CET on 31 January and open a world of possibilities!

Full details are available here.


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Subscribe to EU Projects @ CERN newsletter

This month, CERN’s EU Projects office released its newsletter. You can learn about European projects, their impact and the opportunities they carry!

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External Coverage Highlights

Additively manufactured copper components for linear accelerator | IDW | Read the article
A new generation of particle accelerators aims at taking cancer therapy, drug detection and material analysis to a higher level: To support this development, the Fraunhofer IWS, together with the CERN, RTU and PoliMi, is focusing on laser-based 3D printing. As part of the I.FAST project, researchers succeeded for the very first time worldwide to additively manufacture essential quadrupole components for linear accelerators from pure copper.
CondenZero and Lumiphase enter Swiss BIC of CERN incubator | | Read the article
The Swiss Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies at Park Innovaare supports entrepreneurs in their business endeavours by offering them access to CERN’s unique technologies, know-how and IP, as well as tailor-made business and management coaching and seed money of CHF 50 000. As CERN’s partner, Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare provides comprehensive business development and marketing support and infrastructure at its high-tech innovation campus next to the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI).
Terabee announces new capital increase | Terabee | Read the article
The Terabee startup, a user of CERN technology, has raised €1.27m and is looking at its funding options going forwards having been approached by several companies.

PlanetWatch Announces New Partnership With Leading Climate Marketplace ClimateTrade | Business Insider | Read the article

PlanetWatch (CERN Spin-Off), the world's first decentralised indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring network, today announces its new partnership with leading blockchain-enabled climate marketplace, ClimateTrade. Under the new partnership, PlanetWatch will offer its user community the possibility to convert PLANETS tokens - the firm's utility tokens earned when a sensor sends valid air quality data - into carbon credits issued by ClimateTrade to contribute to sustainable, carbon emission reducing plans.

Upcoming Events

Tech4Eva Conference: The state art of FemTech
7 December 2021 – Online
Second annual Swiss Accelerator Showcase
7 December 2021 – Online

CERN Quantum Technology Initiative Community Workshop
10 December 2021 – Online (requires a valid CERN account)

Upcoming Deadlines

Call for Abstracts - CERN Quantum Technology Initiative Community Workshop
Deadline: 8 December – Requires a valid CERN account

CERN medical applications partnership: The Geneva Health Forum is opening its call for contributions for its 2022 conference!
Deadline: 15 December
Innosuisse Business Concept Spring 2022: Open
Deadline: 15 December
Job Opening – Postdoc position "Smart*Light Project" – Eindhoven University of Technology
Deadline: Indefinite
I.FAST - Traineeship Programme at European Accelerator Development Laboratories
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