Developing Big Science: ESS and DG John Womersley Featured in SciTech Europa Quarterly

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European Spallation Source Director General John Womersley addressing delegates to the 2018 Big Science Business Forum in Copenhagen in February. PHOTO: ESS

"It is important to remember that Big Science is about solving big problems and challenges, but the big challenges that we face are not just those of climate, of the environment, or of healthcare; they are also the economic challenges that many of our countries and our voters are grappling with... And, while nobody has a good answer to that set of problems, I believe, and I think many of us share the belief, that scientific and technical innovation is a key strength to make us more resilient against those kinds of challenges.”

ESS DG John Womersley

The June 2018 issue of SciTech Europa Quarterly will feature an article highlighting European Spallation Source (ESS) Director General John Womersley's address to the 2018 Big Science Business Forum (BSBF) in February. BSBF2018 drew around 1,000 delegates to Copenhagen, where more than a dozen talks were presented by experts from ESS.

26-28 February, Copenhagen

The article is available online now at

ESS was one of the organisers of BSBF2018, which was billed as "the first one-stop shop for European companies and other stakeholders to learn about Europe's Big Science organisations' future investments and procurements worth billions of euros". Other organisers included CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, European XFEL, F4E, and ILL.

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ESS DG John Womersley being interviewed by journalists at BSBF2018 in Copenhagen, February 2018.



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