Meeting on Technology arising from High Energy Physics
From 24–26 April, CERN is the scene of a “Meeting on Technology”. Over 300 participants, including industrialists, directors of applied research, senior staff from technical universities, science journalists, etc, are invited to three days of review talks on advanced technology and the opportunity of touring 250 exhibits of equipment and techniques.
The main purpose of CERN is to provide Europe’s scientists with first class facilities for high-energy physics research. In so doing, it is a strong stimulus and support to the quality of physics in Europe and of science education in the European universities where most of the physicists using CERN are based.
A second purpose, predominant at the time of CERN’s formation 20 years ago, is the welding together of the efforts of many European countries to work for common aims. This purpose remains valid today and also seems well fulfilled.
However, a great deal of advanced technology is involved in carrying out high-energy physics and, although knowledge of CERN’s work is freely available, not much has so far been done to project this knowledge to people who could find it useful.
In the April meeting, a kind of “technological accounting” exercise, CERN will spread out some of the achievements from the European high-energy physics programme. The emphasis will be on straightforward presentation, without trying to anticipate possible applications.
• Compiled from texts on pp120–121, 126–127.
Amid the turmoil of today’s world, CERN continues to fulfil the mission enshrined in its 1954 Convention. The lab now has an impressive administrative infrastructure for knowledge transfer across a broad front, from high-school teacher training to high-tech industrial collaboration. In addition, a regular series of exhibitions are organised whereby industries showcase their products at CERN and interact with in-house experts and clients. While spin-off into nuclear medicine and global networking is well known, the images shown here are some examples of the kind of pioneering techniques, rather than technologies, that can also find applications beyond the laboratory.