November 26, 2020
Europe/Zurich timezone

CERN is launching an annual two-day multidisciplinary science innovation forum and public event. Sparks!, the serendipity forum at CERN, will bring together renowned scientists from diverse fields around the world, along with decision makers, representatives of industry, philanthropists, ethicists and the public to bring a novel, multi-faceted approach to addressing some of the big questions of our time. The goal? To foster a new community and develop a platform to spark innovation in issues related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics that are relevant to society, necessary for CERN, and that further CERN’s mission of science for peace.

Sparks! will begin with a cycle of three pilot events from 2021 to 2023, each focusing on a single theme to test the concept. The theme for this first edition is Future Intelligence.

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Sparks! Launch  

Professors Anima Anandkumar, Jürgen Schmidhuber, Francesca Rossi and Stuart Russel, will talk about the current status of the field of AI research today, setting the scene for the discussion about the future of the field during the event in 2021. Host Bruno Giussani, Global Curator of TED, will interview CERN AI experts, Jennifer Ngadiuba, Sofia Vallercosa, Michael Kagan and Michael Doser member of the Sparks editorial committee, on how CERN and other big science can benefit of AI and the topics we aim to address in 2021. 


  • INTERVIEW LIVE - Bruno Giussani and Charlotte Warakaulle introduce Sparks and “Future Intelligence” as the theme of its  first edition
  • INTERVIEW LIVE - Bruno Giussani interviews Jennifer Ngadiuba, Michael Kagan and Sofia Vallecorsa on how CERN experiments use AI to help analyze data.  
  • VIDEO - AI at the CERN accelerator complex 
  • INTERVIEW LIVE - Bruno Giussani discusses with Michael Doser, member of the Sparks editorial board on the 7 topics for the forum and the expectations we have for the event next year. 
  • VIRTUAL CALL - Anima Anandkumar on the status of AI and deep learning, how it is being used and its potential contribution to scientific discovery  
  • VIDEO - Francesca Rossi on Ethics and AI 
  • VIRTUAL CALL with Stuart Russel on current efforts towards strong AI and its limitations and ideas circulating the field towards break out of the rut!. (20’) 
  • VIDEO - Jürgen Schmidhuber on  AI curiosity and creativity 
  • Conclusion