The Women who run the biggest machine ever built by Man
The complexity of LHC and the women in charge of it

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Particle accelerators not only brought us extraordinary discoveries in basic science, but also a wealth of technological innovation and industrial spin-offs.
In particular, italian (and foreign) industries gained valuable know-how from their participation in the LHC adventure with CERN and INFN. The acquired knowledge represents an asset in today's competitive market, and has turned into concrete applications spanning from biomedics to electronics.

The most famous spin-off coming from Particle Physics is the World Wide Web (WWW), which was invented at CERN at the end of the 1980s in order to share information among computers and has become part of everyday communication. Today, CERN is deploying the Grid, a new global computing infrastructure that will extend beyond particle physics to fields such as biomedical and geological applications.

Particle Physics and Accelerators have given more than just information technology to our everyday life, in fields like Medecine ,Energy, Microelectronics, Computing, Material Science, Superconductivity, Environment, Safety and others.

How are these technologies disseminated outside the domain of basic science? This is no easy task, and goes well beyond the simple strategy of procurements. A specific unit at CERN is devoted to Technology Transfer, and several women gave an outstanding contribution to this field.