Driving digital innovation with CERN technologies


Digital solutions

Digital technologies drive almost all aspects of modern life: from basic everyday tasks like measuring the distance walked to creating positive socio-economic impact through digital twins of cities.

CERN technologies pose countless possibilities for such innovative digital solutions. The expertise and technological know-how from CERN can also be used in areas beyond high-energy physics like preventing fraud in financial markets, helping autonomous- driving vehicles make faster decisions, art restoration and digital preservation of cultural heritage, and for contributing towards a healthier and more sustainable planet.

…exploring new applications

The potential application areas of CERN technologies are obviously not limited to the ones mentioned above. Have a look at our technology portfolio - maybe any of our technologies could apply to your industry? Or maybe your company could learn from any of CERN’s areas of expertise? 

Find out more about how CERN technologies and know-how have impact across industries:


Promising start for future environmental applications of CERN technologies

On 27 June, the CIPEA Innovation Day welcomed 15 innovative project proposals reflecting the CERN community’s commitment to tackling environmental challenges

12 July, 2022

Tune in for the launch of the first CERN-driven satellite

On 13 July, the first CERN-driven space mission will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport

20 June, 2022

CERN to partner with industry on innovation to reduce environmental impact of large-scale facilities

In its commitment to minimising its environmental impact and developing technologies that can help society towards a better planet, CERN has formed an innovation partnership with ABB, with the aim of reducing the Laboratory’s energy consumption

14 June, 2022

KT fund and MA budget: bridging the gap between CERN research and society

Apply to the Knowledge Transfer (KT) fund and Medical Application (MA) budget if you work on a technology that could be applied outside of high-energy physics

23 May, 2022

CERN tech nominated for innovation award at 2022 Geneva Health Forum

At the 2022 Geneva Health Forum, CERN showcased how technologies and innovation behind high-energy physics can contribute to innovations within medical applications

05 May, 2022

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

On November 24, the CNAO (Centro Nazionale di Adroterapia Oncologica) hadrontherapy centre in Pavia, Italy, will organise a special event to celebrate twenty years of CNAO.

22 November, 2021

WIPO published the 2021 edition of its Global Innovation Index

This year’s report takes a look at the state of innovation throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

01 November, 2021

CERN Quantum Technology Initiative unveils strategic roadmap shaping CERN’s role in next quantum revolution

CERN QTI reaches its next milestone today, with the unveiling of a first roadmap defining its medium- and long-term quantum research programme

14 October, 2021

CERN working with WHO to improve understanding of COVID-19 airborne transmission risk in indoor spaces

As the response to the pandemic evolves and people step back into the office, it is necessary to monitor continuously the risk of disease transmission and be prepared to make quick, evidence-based decisions to ensure that everyone can work safely.

13 October, 2021

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

15 September, 2021

Researchers use CERN technology to evaluate risk of COVID-19 transmission

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

01 September, 2021

CERN-tested optical fibres now on the International Space Station

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet has activated Lumina, an optical fibre-based dosimetry experiment on board the International Space Station

20 August, 2021

The future innovative FLASH facility based on CERN breakthrough accelerator technology is one step closer

Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and the ISREC Foundation have announced that funding has been secured, thanks to the financial support of the Biltema Foundation

28 June, 2021

CERN’s impact on medical technology

Frontier instruments like the LHC and its detectors not only push back the boundaries of our knowledge, but also catalyse innovative technology for medical applications, writes Manuela Cirilli.

25 June, 2021

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

MARS Bioimaging's 3D colour X-ray scanner has arrived in Europe to undertake clinical trials that will lead to its medical use.

22 June, 2021

Arrival of Elytt’s magnet, from the QUACO project, at CERN

The QUACO project brings together several research infrastructures for magnet development for HiLumi

15 June, 2021

CLEAR study paves the way for novel electron-based cancer therapy

The study, conducted at CERN’s CLEAR test facility, demonstrates how very high-energy electron beams can be focused onto deep-seated cancerous tumours

10 June, 2021

Sparking breakthroughs in radiation protection for spacecraft, aviation and accelerators

The CERN-coordinated and EU-funded RADSAGA project is coming to an end after four years of rewarding research into radiation protection for electronics

08 June, 2021

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

The fourth edition of the CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme (CESP) is here to welcome master's-level students to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

26 May, 2021