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CERN is publicly funded by its 23 Member States and Associate Member States. Find out below about how this investment creates a positive impact on society.

Success stories

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The latest example is The Madonna and Child, a painting on canvas from a private collection. In 2020, the Czech start-up InsightART successfully helped attribute the painting to the Renaissance master Raphael, using RToo, a state-of-the-art robotic X-ray scanner.
During 2016, the construction of the 750 MHz Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) was successfully completed.
In September 2020, CERN and the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) announced their collaboration on an innovative facility that will use CLIC (Compact Linear Collider) accelerator technology.
CERN patented Gas Electron Multiplier updated for use in hadron therapy and radiotherapy.
Developing standards for activated material characterisation would not only improve the safe handling of these materials, but also help unclutter storage facilities by removing materials that can be recycled.
A new Monolithic Active Pixel Sensor, originally developed to upgrade the ALICE inner tracking system during the second long shutdown of LHC, is on its way to Bergen University for a very different application – Proton Computed Tomography (Proton CT).
Horizon 2020 project ARIES aims to improve the performance, availability and sustainability of particle accelerators, transferring its benefits and applications to science and society.
In September 2019, CERN, the foundation Commodity Risk Management Expertise Centre (CORMEC) and the Wageningen University signed an agreement to develop new methods for identifying anomalies that can harm the integrity of commodity and financial markets.
CERN's TimePix3 chip will be used on third license by ASI for devices in X-ray imaging, electron microscopy to particle track reconstruction.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

Entre le CERN et l’université, la physique à Genève donne naissance à une myriade de start-up industrielles|Heidi news

(Switzerland|FFrench) Genève n’ayant pas une école polytechnique sur son territoire, nombre des...

Klimafreundlicher Flugverkehr mit Antrieb ohne Widerstand | Der Standard

(Austria / German) Über den Wolken könnte die Freiheit wohl grenzenlos sein – wäre da nicht das...

Manuela Cirilli: fare innovazione al Cern | Il Sole 24 Ore Stream24

(Italy/Italian) Manuela Cirilli: fare innovazione al Cern

Large Hadron Collider Tech Might Help Self-Driving Cars "See" the Road | MSN Auto

Athree-year study between Volvo’s autonomous software arm and the Large Hadron Collider in Europe...

HDMS - High Temperature Superconducting Magnet for Space -Workshop on the results and future perspectives | Italian Space Agency

(Italy/Italian) Il progetto HDMS è stato sottoscritto nell’alveo del Framework Collaboration...

How do you kill hard-to-reach tumors? Particle physics is on the case | National Geographic

(USA/English) High-energy electron beams may be able to kill tumors 10 times deeper than current...

L’étonnante alliance d’Airbus avec le Cern, pour explorer la supraconductivité | L'Usine Nouvelle

(France / French) Airbus a décidé de s’associer avec le Cern, l’un des plus grands laboratoires de...

CERN bets on particle accelerators to zap hard-to-reach tumours and treat the worst forms of cancer |

(Europe/English) As the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, the European Organization for...

The extraordinary particle collider that will help us understand the origin of the universe

(Spain/Spanish) Article from National Geographic Spain highlighting CERN's work and its impact on...