Sparks! Second Edition


The theme for the second edition of the Sparks! Forum will be Future Technology for Health. CERN has actively pursued medical applications of its technologies since as far back as the 1970s. The tools of experimental particle physics are ubiquitous in hospitals and biomedical research. However, Sparks! goes beyond what we do here at CERN.  

Spanning the domains of prevention, diagnosis and treatment, the topics for this edition of Sparks! will spark new questions about the links between medical technologies and fundamental science, globalisation, accessibility, trust, ethics and more. We will be calling on doctors, tech developers, economists, policy makers, ethicists, patient associations, medical researchers, humanitarian organisations, medical foundations, UN agencies, data specialists, climate modellers, AI developers and journalists to discuss the topics listed below – and any others that arise in the process!



Sparks! Public Event | 17 November 2022 | CERN

The Sparks! 2022 public event will be webcast live online. A live audience will be allowed as and if the situation allows. The public will be informed in due time. The Sparks! public event will consist of a series of short talks and debates about the current breakthroughs in the field of technology for health. The talks will be given by a selection of our invited participants to the Sparks! Forum which will take place at CERN the next day. Find the list of Forum participants below. The full program and the lineup of speakers for the public event will be published on this page soon. 

Whatever your background, if you are fascinated by the challenges and impact of technology for health, look out for our podcast series in October 2022 to learn more about the theme and join us for the live webcast on 17 September 2021.


Following CERN’s open access policy, there will be satellite viewing events around the world. If you are interested in hosting a viewing party, please get in touch at:


The public event will be held in English. French subtitles will be available for part of the event.


Volunteers will be a key part of the success of the event. Registration will open at the end of  the summer 2022 for CERN members of personnel. The call for volunteers will be communicated through the usual CERN internal channels.

Sparks! Serendipity Forum | 18 November 2022 | CERN

The Forum part of Sparks! happens behind closed doors at CERN and is an opportunity for up to 50 experts from different fields to come together to discuss the year’s theme. Different sessions are organised and designed in such a way to leave space for serendipity to happen.

While the forum is not open to the public, the various discussions and sessions are consigned by a team of CERN scribes and will result in at least one published paper. You will also find insights into the Forum discussions on social media during and after the event.