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Knowledge Transfer @CERN. Giovanni Anelli Head of Knowledge Transfer Group CERN. KT: one of CERN’s missions. CERN Mission. Push back the frontiers of knowledge in nuclear research Develop new technologies for accelerators and detectors Train scientists and engineers of tomorrow

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Knowledge transfer @cern
Knowledge Transfer @CERN

Giovanni AnelliHead of Knowledge Transfer Group


Kt one of cern s missions
KT: one of CERN’s missions

CERN Mission

Push back the frontiers of knowledge in nuclear research

Develop new technologies for accelerators and detectors

Train scientists and engineers of tomorrow

Unite people from different countries and cultures


Knowledge Transfer







Cern s areas of excellence
CERN’s areas of excellence





IT technologies

Cern core competences
CERN Core Competences


(13kA, 7MJoules)



Cryogenics (1.9 K)


(10 T)

Very high performance

detectors and electronics

Data processing

Technology Portfolio - statistics

Technology Portfolio - General Statistics

  • ~200 TT cases (40% open, 20% protected by patent)

    • ~40 new disclosures per year

    • Exploitation level: ~50%

Kt fund funding innovation
KT FundFunding Innovation

  • The KT Fund is a financial instrument which helps bridging the gap between CERN and society

  • The requests are evaluated by a Committee composed by all the Department Heads and members of the KT Group

  • The 12 projects submitted in 2011 and 2012 were all judged excellent by the committee and financed

Kt fund 2011 project flame smoke detector and rn detector
KT Fund 2011 project:Flame/smoke detector and Rn detector

  • Two demonstrators have been built and tested

  • Comparison with best commercial devices shows at least a factor 10 improvement

  • A number of companies interested in the technologies, two patents filed

From high vacuum
From high vacuum…

NEG (Non-Evaporable Getter thin film coatings)

Technology used to create and maintain ultra-high vacuum in the accelerator vacuum chambers.

To solar energy
… to solar energy!

  • License and partnership with a start-up company

    Development of a commercial product able to use diffused or indirect light and reach very high temperatures of up to 300 degrees

    Development of a prototype production chain

Solar panels plant
Solar panels plant

  • Civil-engineering company opened a new solar power plant

    Environmentally friendly "solar field" heats close to 80,000 cubic metres of bitumen to 180 degrees.

Silicon pixel detectors spds
Silicon pixel detectors (SPDs)

153 high energy particle tracks flying through a telescope of half a million pixels in the WA97 experiment back in 1995

Hybrid silicon pixel detectors for tracking applications in High Energy Physics


A family of single photon counting integrated circuits used in Hybrid Silicon Pixel Detectors

The Medipix collaborations (close to 20 institutes) contributed to the development and dissemination of the technology

A good example of how (fundamental) science fosters innovation which can be transferred to society… and back!

Application medical imaging
Application: Medical imaging

  • (courtesy of MARS Bioimaging Ltd)

  • MARS project

    Colour CT X-ray scanner based on the Medipix technology

Application material analysis
Application: Material analysis

Partnership and license agreements with a company to build a X-ray diffractometer




charged hadron beam

that loses energy in matter

X rays

protons or

carbon ions




Hadron beams:

new treatmentopportunities for deep-seatedtumours

C ions: 24 times more energythan protons



CNAO started treating patients with proton beams in September 2011

Ion Beam Therapy and Research Center

Protons (1H+) and carbon ions (12C6+)

Other ways of dissemination
Other ways of dissemination

The Technology Transfer process:invention disclosure  IP protection  license to a companyis difficult, especially for the world of particle physics. Collaborative R&D (with industry and other research institutes) is key for a successful transfer.

Other ways of dissemination are also very important for the Organization

Langton Ultimate Cosmic ray Intensity Detector uses 5 Timepix chips to monitor the radiation environment in Space

[email protected] allows students to use a Timepix chip in the lab to visualise radiation

Data from LUCID and [email protected] detectors will be uploaded to the Grid and made available for students to analyse

Cern open hardware licence
CERN Open Hardware Licence

A legal framework to facilitate knowledge exchange across the electronic design community.

In the spirit of knowledge and technology dissemination, the CERN OHL was created to govern the use, copying, modification and distribution of hardware design documentation, and the manufacture and distribution of products.

Kt implementation ways
KT implementation ways

Market Pull

Transfer to ExistingCompanies

Technology Push

Creation of New Companies

Spin-Off Support

Cern business ideas accelerator
CERN Business Ideas Accelerator








Incubators in the ms
Incubators in the MS

The STFC CERN BIC is a pilot scheme which we plan to replicate in other Member States

Integration into existing structures is crucial

To “fill” these incubators, we are working on a “pre-incubator” concept: CERN technologies + (external) fundings + (external) entrepreneurs  new companies generation

The stfc cern bic in a nutshell
The STFC-CERN BIC in a nutshell

  • The STFC - CERN Business Incubation Centre (BIC) pilot scheme will support businesses and entrepreneurs in taking CERN innovative technologies and know how from technical concept to market reality.

  • A very efficient and highly visible way to transfer technologies.

  • STFC provides:

    • Funding: Accompanied technical visits to CERN + 40.000 GBP per company

    • Access to expertise at STFC

    • Business support (which may include advice on business planning, investment fund raising, finding collaborative partners)

  • CERN provides:

    • Use of CERN IP at favourable conditions

    • Use of the “CERN Technology” and “CERN Spin off” labels

    • Access to expertise at CERN – up to 40 hours free access to technical expertise and facilities (subject to availability)

Knowledge transfer through people
Knowledge Transfer through People

Every year, hundreds of students come to CERN to contribute to our research programs

An opportunity for young people to learn in a multicultural environment

Not only for physicists! Also engineers, computer scientists, administrative students…