The Millennium Technology Prize event

The invention of the World Wide Web at CERN had a major impact on society by revolutionizing the way we communicate. Developing medical applications based on CERN technologies may be the next important innovation.

You are invited to a panel discussion on “Sensory and imaging technology in science, health and security”, organized by CERN in cooperation with the Technology Academy Finland and the Permanent Mission of Finland, Geneva. This discussion will take place at CERN’s IdeaSquare on Tuesday, 30 June from 15.00.

The one million euro Millennium Technology Prize promotes technological innovations that improve the quality of people’s lives in a sustainable manner. The prize – sometimes even referred to as the Nobel Prize in Technoloy - was established in 2004 and has been awarded to seven great innovators who have developed technological innovations to tackle the great challenges of mankind: learning, health and clean environment. The first prize was awarded to Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the World Wide Web at CERN.

The nomination period for the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize is now open and Technology Academy Finland (TAF) has arranged a series of panel discussions worldwide to draw attention to the themes of the prize and to promote nominations for high-calibre candidates for the 2016 Prize. In cooperation with the IdeaSquare at CERN, a partner with Aalto University Design Factory, TAF arranged this panel discussion at CERN.

The panel discusses the current and future potential and societal impact of these breakthrough technologies. The event is targeted at potential nominators of the Millennium Technology Prize, i.e. the academic and business community. Panelists include representatives of health and security companies, researchers and academia.


PROGRAMME - 30 JUNE 2015: (English spoken)

14:45     Arrive at Reception, bldg 33 (press officer will take you to IdeaSquare)

15:00     Welcoming words by Rolf Heuer, Director General, CERN

15:05     Finland’s Millennium Technology Prize – science and innovation award promoting sustainable growth, Juha Ylä-Jääski, President & CEO of Technology Academy Finland

15:15    Greeting by Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Finland in Geneva

15:20    Panel discussion: Sensory and Imaging Technology in Medical and Security Applications


  • Sergio Bertolucci, Director for Research and Computing at CERN,
  • Peter Dendooven, Helsinki Institute of Physics and at the University of Groningen,
  • Andrea Cuomo, Executive Vice President, Advanced Systems Technology and Special Projects at STMicroelectronics

Moderator: Luke Collins, Editor of Tech Design Forum

16:45   Q&A

17:00   End of session at IdeaSquare, transfer to Restaurant 2

17:15-19:00  Cocktails and networking at Restaurant 2

Please obtain accreditation from the CERN Press Office by 29 June 2015.

There will be a live webcast for this event.

Type of event


Event Date

30 Jun 2015, 15.00 - 19.00


IdeaSquare, CERN

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