CERN Accelerating science


IdeaSquare aligns with and supports CERN’s mission. Its specific focus is on offering a platform for early-stage collaboration between students, scientists, other CERN personnel and relevant organisations across disciplines.

I2 activities intervene at the early stage of the innovation chain —what is known as the Fuzzy Front End of the R&D&I process. The processes we propose and develop trigger transformations in the way we think about societal challenges and prompt us to identify solutions that will have a real impact on people’s lives.

IdeaSquare raises interest in CERN beyond the purely scientific discovery. The activities carried out at IdeaSquare tie science innovation to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and work towards laying out a better future for our society.

We do this by coordinating selected EU projects, hosting R&D&I projects and events, co-designing prototyping and design-driven workshops, running international educational programmes, and harvesting innovation knowledge.

Our value attributes are:
Dream Big, Do Good, Be Open, Collaborate, Experiment and Learn