Young researchers become innovators

13 Apr 2018

Early this year, the HL-LHC and the FCC teams organized for the first time an Innovation Course for young researchers in their last year of association with CERN, CERN Bulletin.

A new step towards successful MgB2 superconducting coils

12 Mar 2018

On 7th March the INFN-LASA laboratory completed the construction and successfully tested a superconducting coil in MgB2 (Magnesium di-Boride based conductor) to be used in a high order corrector magnet. Read more: Accelerating News, Issue #24.

Ensuring safer operation at higher luminosities

12 Mar 2018

After several years of engineering and specification work, the efforts now move to the procurement of materials and components for the assembly of the TDIS prototype. Read more: Accelerating News, Issue #24.

The Crab Cavity teams celebrate a key milestone

7 Mar 2018

A festive event took place in the Globe on Wednesday 7th March to celebrate the successful completion and installation of the first cryo-module of the Crab Cavity system project and the newly prepared cryogenic test facility in the SPS.

"After more than two years of restless effort, the first complete cryo-module of the Crab Cavity system has been completed and installed in the new test stand in SPS BA6. This marks a real turning point in the Crab Cavity project for High Luminosity LHC, since after so many years of computations, design and construction of cell prototypes and various components, and following the terrific effort for the assembly, first test in SM18 at 2 K and installation in SPS, we are now ready to start operating a crab cavity on a proton beam, for the first time ever". Lucio Rossi, HL-LHC Project Leader

Education for innovation in Hilumi and FCC

6 Mar 2018

What’s in it for innovators in Hilumi and FCC? Read more: Accelerating News, Issue #24.

A promising first edition!

28 Feb 2018

The first Innovation course organized by HiLumi and FCC in collaboration with CERN Knowledge Transfer group and IdeaSquare took place on January 31 and February 1, 2018 at IdeaSquare. Twenty students and young professionals interested in innovation and entrepreneurship from HiLumi and FCC projects took part in the two-day course and will continue working on their ideas in the coming few weeks.

During the two days, the participants gained insight into established innovation practices, knowledge transfer opportunities and different applications of CERN technologies from presentations given by the IdeaSquare team and visiting presenters. Giovanni Anelli from KT talked about how CERN technologies have turned into applications that benefit society in sectors such as medicine, safety and environment, as well as the innovation opportunities offered by KT. Philipp Topic from Vienna University of Economics and Business presented Technological Competence Leveraging, a systematic proactive and crowdsourcing-based method to identify new application fields for technologies, whereas Marcello Losasso presented the QUACO project as a case example of a PCP, a tool to boost innovation and to attract potential industrial partners. Moreover, Laure Esteveny talked about the CERN Alumni network activities, and the IdeaSquare and KT student programs were presented.

The students were encouraged to bring their own innovation topics to the course, and those who had one, had the chance to display it in an elevator pitch on both days. Using the knowledge and tools introduced during the course, the students then worked in three groups, developing and refining their ideas. During the group sessions, some ideas were abandoned, and at the end, 10 ideas that the participants found the most interesting and for which they had developed a plan were once more presented. As it was predefined that there would be three groups in the end each with one topic to work on, a two-round vote was organized to select the three final ideas. The vote was clear and the three most popular topics easily found. Each person selected the group they wanted to be part of, and these groups will develop their ideas with expert support during the next weeks. The results will be presented in an award ceremony to an invited audience on March 21.

The new LHC protectors

21 Feb 2018

New kind of collimator developed for the High-Luminosity LHC project, CERN Updates.

From first concept to the SPS: the challenge of the HL-LHC crab cavities cryomodules

13 Dec 2017

Crab cavities will help increase the luminosity of collisions in the High-Luminosity upgrade of the LHC, Accelerating News.

A bright future for HL-LHC

7 Dec 2017

The 7th HL-LHC annual collaboration meeting in Madrid reviewed the current progress and set the goals for next year, Accelerating News.

1st HiLumi - FCC Innovation course on 31 January-1 February 2018

21 Nov 2017


The first HiLumi - FCC Innovation course will take place on 31 January - 1 February 2018.


One of the four founding pillars of CERN’s mission is education, and more specifically, the aim to contribute to the education and training of next generation of scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs. Having this in mind, HiLumi in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Group and IdeaSquare in IPT Department, offers the opportunity to help to put gained CERN-specific technical knowledge for potential use also outside CERN.

Purpose & Aim

The purpose of the Innovation Course is to let students, young graduates and young professionals explore the potential use of their gained knowledge outside the CERN context and to familiarize them with established innovation practices. The aim is to inspire students/young professionals  to think “outside the box” and teach them basic skills how to think like an innovator and an entrepreneur, thus offering new skills and competences which they may find useful later on in their careers.

Structure of the Course

The Course has two main parts; a general introduction to topics such as Knowledge Transfer opportunities at CERN, Design Thinking-inspired Innovation practices, including a cycle of rapid prototyping (Rasberry P, NI-myRIO, 3D printers etc.) and opportunities for linking academia with industry. The second part involves working in teams on selected application or innovation topics over a period of several weeks, also interacting with visiting students at IdeaSquare from other fields such as product design, business management and engineering (so-called CBI program). The second part culminates in each team producing a conceptual prototype and presenting it to an invited technical audience at CERN. Participants will receive a diploma following demonstrated participation during the course.

The preliminary programme and registration is available in Indico. Please sign up by November 26th. Please note that places are limited.

7th HL-LHC Collaboration Meeting, CIEMAT, Madrid, 13-16 November 2017

13 Nov 2017

The HL-LHC project is progressing in the construction phase. The hardware models as well as the prototypes of equipment in their final configuration are under construction or under test. In 2017, we achieved a number of key milestones. The crab cavity prototypes for the SPS tests were successfully tested in the USA and at CERN in vertical test stands and the first low impedance collimators were tested and characterized in the LHC machine. The test of the first long prototype of the MQXF quadrupole for the new low-b HL-LHC insertions, the construction of the first 11 T magnet and DS collimator and the test of the first long SC link should also be highlighted. In addition, we are announcing the successful implementation of the ATS optics (devised for the upgrade) and the testing of the full detuning operation mode of the LHC RF system already in the present LHC, two key ingredients that have increased performance of the LHC in 2017. This tremendous progress shows how the HL-LHC project is making progress towards final implementation.

The project is now faced with the challenge of ensuring a coherent integration lay-out, within the constraints imposed by the lay-out of Civil Engineering (tendering for the large excavation and construction work is ongoing) and the preparation of a first version of the installation plan. Meanwhile, the optimization of the design and construction of the components is in progress, the window to keep various options in the planning closes and we have to work hard to make final choices for the implementation of an industrial construction roadmap.

Following the 6th HL-LHC Annual Meeting held in Paris on 14-16 November 2016, the US-LARP Collaboration Meeting 28 held in Napa Valley on 24-26 April 2017, and the 3rd HiLumi Industry Day in Warrington on 22-23 May 2017, the 7th HL-LHC Collaboration Meeting will be jointly organised by CIEMAT and CERN in Madrid, Spain from 13 to 16 November 2017.

This Annual Meeting will see the participation of all main HL-LHC contributors: the US HL-LHC AUP, involving five laboratories*, KEK-JP, CEA-FR, CIEMAT-ES, INFN-IT, the British Institutes**, Uppsala University-SE. Some new parties willing to collaborate with HL-LHC with in-kind contributions will also be present: BINP-RU, IHEP-CN, Lapland UAS-FI, TRIUMF-CA and many other Institutes.

The meeting will be based on the traditional format of plenary and work package parallel sessions, and aims to review the technical progress, the performance reach, and the consistency of the integration, as well as the results of the first installation exercise. The meeting will also focus on the preparation of the 3rd C&SR that will take place at CERN in spring 2018. Additionally, this Annual Meeting will host the 7th meeting of the HL-LHC Collaboration Board.

Participation is by invitation only, and registration is mandatory and without fee. Meeting website.

* BNL, FNAL, LBNL, SLAC, JLAB and ODU. ** Uni. of Manchester, Uni. of Lancaster, Uni. of Liverpool, Uni. of Royal Holloway, Uni. of Southampton, Uni. of Huddersfield, STFC-ASTeC Daresbury, Univ. of Dundee.

Workshop on the physics of HL-LHC, and perspectives at HE-LHC

31 Oct 2017

This is the kickoff event (30st October to 1st November 2017, Main Auditorium) for a series of meetings, running throughout 2018, with plenary events and intermediate periods of working group activities. More information is available on Indico.

Successful tests of canted correctors for HL-LHC

24 Oct 2017

In addition to the dipole and quadrupole magnets that guide and focus the charged particles, corrector magnets are used to cure imperfections in the magnets and compensate for alignment errors, Accelerating News.

New life for an old technology: canted cosine theta magnets

11 Oct 2017

In the HL-LHC, two 2-metre-long canted cosine theta magnets will be positioned near the insertion region of the ATLAS and CMS experiments and will be used as corrector magnets, CERN Bulletin.

Crab cavities get into their shells

26 Sep 2017

The assembly of the new superconducting crab cavities, the testing of which is planned to take place at the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) in 2018, is progressing with a steady pace and on schedule, CERN Bulletin.