TEDxCERN 2018 - event
The fifth edition of TEDxCERN will take place on 20 November from 14:00 to 18:30 CET in the heart of Geneva. Fourteen speakers and leaders from a wide range of disciplines will give thought-provoking insights into the most hot topics in science and technology. TEDxCERN is a CERN outreach event and part of the CERN (Image: CERN)


With the support of the CERN & Society Foundation, CERN is preparing to host a two-day multidisciplinary science innovation forum and public event bringing together renowned scientists from diverse fields around the world, as well as decision makers, members of the industry, philanthropists, investors and the public.

Perhaps now more than ever, today’s complex problems require knowledge from more than just one field. Multidisciplinary discussion and collaboration is essential, yet few platforms exist offering opportunities for such interaction. As a center of excellence in science and technology, and one of the largest centers of collaborative research in the world, CERN can establish itself as the place where these multidisciplinary discussions among scientists, members of the industry, decision makers, philanthropists, investors and the public, take place.

Our mission is to develop a community and a platform to Spark Innovation in STEM issues that are relevant to society and align with CERN’s mission of science for peace.


As we are getting ready to host the first Sparks Innovation Forum in late 2020, we will start by hosting three monothematic pilot events to test the concept. These pilots would lead to a yearly event, with multiple themes each year.  Sparks, an Innovation Forum and Public Event, would then serve as the annual flagship event for the new Science Gateway once it opens its doors to the public.

CERN wishes to invite companies to become strategic partners for the Sparks Innovation Forum. This is a great opportunity to become one of the first sponsors of the new CERN’s yearly flagship outreach event.