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September 2021 Newsletter

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News Highlights

Epidemiologists use CERN technology to evaluate risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools

The CERN-developed COVID Airborne Risk Assessment tool (CARA) is helping epidemiologists from the University of Geneva assess the effectiveness of different measures to limit SARS-CoV-2 aerosol transmission in schools.

Learn more about this recent milestone here.

CERN’s contribution to biomedical development in Western Switzerland and worldwide

BioAlps, the Regional Innovation System of Western Switzerland, features CERN in its testimonial series as part of its ecosystem’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Radiotherapy, medical imaging, radioisotopes, CERN scientists support the continuous development of innovative solutions in the medical and biomedical fields.

Read more about the medical applications of CERN technology here.

Innovate with CERN: New technologies for Danish companies

Do you work in industry in Denmark? Would you like to tap into CERN technology and know-how to support your innovation? On 7 October 2021,, the Danish Technological Institute and CERN will be organising a virtual event for Danish companies. Participation is by invitation only.

Find out more details about this event here.

Short talks - Early-career researchers in medical applications @ CERN

On 6th October, discover how technological advances for high-energy physics have become essential tools for modern medicine. This series of short talks is given by Early-Career Researchers working on projects related to diverse medical applications that arise from technology developed at CERN and in high-energy physics.

In this seminar, 3 ECRs working on the NIMMS project will share their work. The Next Ion Medical Machine Study (NIMMS) project outlines an umbrella R&D programme for the development of critical accelerator technologies related to ion therapy; the programme builds on existing activities and on core CERN competences.

Find out more details about this seminar here.


A launch pad for the next generation of technical entrepreneurs

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

Find out more about this programme here.

EU Projects

PRISMAP – The European medical radionuclides programme sets out to substantially change the European landscape for novel and emerging medical radionuclides

Nuclear therapy and molecular imaging are widely used at hospitals for new promising medical procedures. They can drastically improve the outcome for many medical conditions, and enables treating disseminated cancer in particular. However, its effective development has long been limited by the difficult access to radionuclides not yet commercially available. With PRISMAP – The European medical radionuclides programme, this is about to change.

Find out more details in this press release by PRISMAP.

Accelerating News is out!

The summer issue of Accelerating News is out! In this issue, find out about the latest developments in superconductivity, facilities and European projects; and reports from recent events.

Read the last issue here.

CERN & Society Foundation

CERN’s Science Gateway takes (tubular) shape

Construction of Science Gateway, CERN’s new scientific education and communication hub is proceeding apace. Two months on from the first-stone ceremony, one of Science Gateway’s tubular structures has been installed

>Through its exhibitions and hands-on educational activities, Science Gateway will give people of all ages and from all walks of life the chance to find out about CERN’s discoveries, scientific research and technologies. Science Gateway is due to open to the public in 2023.

Learn more about CERN’s Science Gateway here.


The IdeaSquare Progress Report for 2019-2020 has been released!

IdeaSquare is the innovation space at CERN using collaborative methodologies, access to CERN expertise and cross-connectivity to ideate solutions for the future of humankind. A place where people have the licence to dream.

Read the 2019-2020 Progress Report of Idea Square - The innovation space at CERN here.

CERN Alumni

CERN Alumni Second Collisions – Networking Tables

From 1-3 October, the CERN Alumni Network will be celebrating its Second Collisions; a virtual event with the theme “Research Matters- Alumni impact on Society”. In store for participants we have twenty-two speakers covering sectors such as Space, Transport, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, MedTech, Quantum Computing, Environment and Sustainability, and amongst whom we are honoured to welcome former CERN Director-General, Professor Herwig Schopper.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in lively conversations and networking sessions with our speakers, alumni company representatives, recruiting companies and a specialist in alumni relations to help you get the most out of the CERN Alumni Network. Representatives of CERN management will also be hosting a 'Meet the Management' table.

Also Lausanne-based fintech company Evooq (currently recruiting) will be hosting a networking booth in IdeaSquare to support those in their early careers; and lots of fun activities for participants will be held including a talk from Oscar-nominated special visual effects company DNEG, a CERN ‘trivia’ quiz and a virtual escape game!

Learn more about the event here and reserve your place here.

From the ATLAS Experiment to Improving Augmented-Reality

Continuing the series of CERN Alumni Second Collisions speaker interviews, this month we feature Tomas Sluka, a "lifelong science and technology enthusiast disguised as the CEO of a Lausanne-based start-up CREAL, dedicated to bringing the natural visual experience into Augmented Reality."

Learn more about Tomas’ entrepreneurial journey here.

CERN openlab

Hacking for humanity: Wildfire alerts, tackling domestic violence, reducing educational inequality and more at CERN’s global Webfest

The 2021 CERN Webfest took place on the weekend of 21-22 August. The Webfest is CERN’s annual hackathon based on open web technologies. 300 people signed up for this year’s event, which was held online for only the second time. The participants — from 63 countries spread across the globe — formed into small teams and used their combined skills and knowledge to develop innovative prototype apps, hardware, and other tools.

Learn more about this event here.

“Lightning talks” bring CERN openlab’s first ever full online summer-student programme to a close

On 6 and 7 September, the 2021 CERN openlab summer students presented their creative and inspiring work in a series of five-minute “lightning talks”.

This year, the students’ projects addressed challenges related to quantum computing, cloud, machine learning, high-performance computing, and much more. CERN openlab offers the usual programme of exciting lectures from IT experts at CERN. Recordings of all lectures are now available online and are free to view.

Discover the presentations and many more here.

Upcoming events

Short talks – Early-career researchers in medical applications @ CERN
6 October 2021 from 14:00 to 15:00 CET – Online
Innovate with CERN – New technology for Danish companies
7 October 2021 from 09:15 to 15:00 CET – Online
Second annual Swiss Accelerator Showcase
7 December 2021 – Online

Upcoming deadlines

Job Opening – Postdoc position "Smart*Light Project" – Eindhoven University of Technology
Deadline: Indefinite
I.FAST - Traineeship Programme at European Accelerator Development Laboratories
Deadline: Indefinite

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