From the CERN web: knowledge transfer, sustainability, CERN openlab and more

This section highlights articles, blog posts and press releases published in the CERN web environment over the past weeks. This way, you won’t miss a thing...


Previous successful Knowledge Transfer enterprises have helped to develop several useful technologies, such as these photonic crystals, which glow when high-energy charged particles pass through, and are used for medical imaging.

New Knowledge Transfer website to grow CERN’s industry links
23 November – by Harriet Jarlett 

CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group has just launched a new tool to encourage CERN researchers and businesses to share their technologies, ideas and expertise. It’s hoped that by facilitating these exchanges the tool will inspire new ways to apply CERN technologies commercially, to help benefit industry and society.

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 The power station at CERN's Prévessin site. (Image: Margot Frenot/CERN).

CERN and research institutes discuss energy sustainability
18 November – by Harriet Jarlett

On 29 October, CERN attended the third “Energy for Sustainable Science at Research Infrastructures” workshop at DESY in Germany. The bi-annual workshop, which was established in 2011, with ESS in Sweden and the European association of national research facilities (ERF), brought together delegates from research institutes worldwide to discuss energy consumption, strategies to improve energy awareness and plans for energy sustainability.

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From over 1500 applicants, 40 students were selected to take part in the 2015 CERN openlab summer student programme.

Faster research code wins student CERN openlab internship
16 November – by Harriet Jarlett

CERN openlab and its partner company Intel jointly announced the winners of the Modern Code Developer Challenge on 14 November, at the annual Intel HPC Developer Conference. The overall winner, Mathieu Gravey from École des Mines d’Alès in France, was awarded the grand prize after he reduced the time it took to run a large dataset of code simulating brain development from 45 hours to just under eight and a half minutes. He’ll join CERN openlab as a summer student next year.

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 The Sanford Underground Research Facility, where DUNE will study neutrinos produced 1300 km away at Fermilab. (Image: Sanford Underground Research Facility.)

DUNE and its CERN connection
13 November – CERN Courier

With almost 800 scientists and engineers from 145 institutes in 26 nations, the DUNE experiment is gaining global interest from the neutrino-physics community.

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An accelerating cavity from CERN’s Large Electron Positron Collider is part of the Collider exhibition, now in Singapore. (Image: ArtScience Museum).

LHC arrives in Singapore
13 November – by Harriet Jarlett

The Large Hadron Collider has reached Asia. On 14 November, the “Collider” exhibition opens at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum. This exhibition, which began life at London’s Science Museum back in 2013, has already travelled to Manchester and Paris. It showcases CERN's activities through theatre, video and sound art. Visitors are guided through a digital control room and detector cavern, and interact with objects such as LHC magnets and parts of detector systems.

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