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2021 Holiday Edition Newsletter

To close the year and accompany you through the festive season, we have prepared a selection of our flagship knowledge-transfer stories from 2021. We would like to express our thanks to all the exceptional CERN scientists and engineers who are behind these stories, as well as our external partners (from big companies to startups, research institutes and hospitals) for their continued trust and collaboration.

Wishing you happy reading and a great holiday season!

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2021 Highlights

Creating impact with CERN’s COVID Airborne Risk Assessment tool

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, CERN has favoured a proactive response to the virus outbreak. Announced in February, CERN’s COVID Airborne Risk Assessment tool became an ideal solution for optimising health and safety measures by assessing the risk of virus transmission in enclosed spaces.

The software was later made open source, freely available to help scientists and safety managers ensure efficient health measures as the pandemic evolved.

The huge potential of the tool has since then attracted the attention of many international organisations, and led to research collaborations with the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as scientists from the University of Geneva.

CERN launched the Technology Impact Fund to address global challenges

In March, CERN launched a Technology Impact Fund, a new tool to bridge the gap between the technology developed for research at CERN and its potential applications to address societal challenges. The Fund was launched with additional support from the CERN & Society Foundation, which is actively seeking external donors. 

In December, a call to donate was launched to support the development of an extremely sophisticated early-warning system for seismic events, the Compact Precision Laser Inclinometer (CPLI). Learn more about it here.

FLASH radiotherapy facility one step closer!

CERN has been actively transferring its technologies to radiotherapy for decades. In June, its project with Switzerland’s Lausanne University Hospital for the design and construction of an innovative radiotherapy facility using FLASH radiotherapy received new funding.

First European hospital received 3D colour X-ray scanner using CERN technology

In May, the MARS Bioimaging Ltd’s 3D colour X-ray scanner arrived in Europe as part of the international clinical trials to obtain the certifications allowing its medical use.

CERN-tested optical fibres on the International Space Station

CERN develops state-of-the-art instruments to accurately measure radiations. In August, an astronaut activated the CERN-tested LUMINA dosimetry experiment inside the International Space Station.

CESP 2021: A launch pad for the next generation of technical entrepreneurs

From energy storage solutions to optimised car trailers, students pitched their startup ideas on a wide range of fascinating topics during the 2021 edition of the CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme.

CERN’s role in next quantum revolution defined

Quantum technologies are a rapidly growing field of research and their applications have the potential to revolutionise the way we do science. In October, the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative unveiled its first roadmap and defined its medium and long-term quantum research programme.

PlanetWatch expanded across Europe and the United States

PlanetWatch, a CERN spinoff, aims to provide a solution to generate, validate, analyse and record air quality data by developing an environmental sensor using the CERN technology C2MON. In 2021, PlanetWatch’s global network rapidly expanded thanks to new partnerships with ClimateTrade, a blockchain-enabled climate marketplace, and EMRIT, a US-based company which is building the new IoT wireless internet.

Opportunities for students

Applications open for 2022 CERN openlab Summer Student Programme

Are you a bachelor’s or master’s 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.

Deadline: 31 January 2022.

Accelerators for the environment: Announcing I.FAST Challenge-Based Innovation programme 2022

Do you want to make a positive impact on the environment? If you are a master’s level student (any background) from a European university, this could be your chance. During summer 2022, join this 10-day challenge and, together with international experts, explore how particle accelerators can be used to tackle environmental issues.

Deadline: 14 February 2022.


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