The CERN Sparks! Talks

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.

Sparks! Talks | 17 November 2022 16:00 - 19:30 CET | CERN & Online

The Sparks! 2022 Talks will be streamed live online on Thursday 17 November 2022 from 16:00 CET. A limited live audience will be allowed on invitation only due to space constraints. The Sparks! Talks 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 speakers below. The full program and the lineup of speakers for the event will be published on this page soon. 

Whatever your background, if you are fascinated by the challenges and impact of technology for health, listen to the CERN Sparks! Podcast now to learn more about the theme and join us for the live stream on 17 November 2022.


Following CERN’s open access policy, there will be satellite viewing events around the world. If you are interested in hosting a streaming party and your own informal forum, please get in touch with: Laetitia Pedroso <>


The talks will be 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.

Videos - First edition 2021 - Talks on Future Intelligence

The theme of the first edition was Future Intelligence. The subject is particularly relevant to CERN because the flow, analysis and interpretation of vast amounts of information is a core strength of the Organization, in particular when searching for tiny signals in vast data sets, while avoiding bias and being open to novel technologies. As the particle physics challenge intensifies, CERN is set to be at the forefront of bringing together big data and artificial intelligence.


Videos - Launch 2020 - Talks on Future Intelligence