ESS is one of the co-organisers of the Big Science Business Forum 2022, BSBF2022, a business-oriented conference which aims to be the main meeting point between Research Infrastructures and industry. Registration is now open for the event, which will take place 4-7 October 2022 in Granada (Spain).
The eleven most prominent Big Science research facilities in the areas of astrophysics, space, synchrotrons, and high-energy accelerators and fusion will be present in Granada for the second edition of the Big Science Business Forum to present to industry their procurement plans for the period 2022-2026, worth more than €37 billion in total.
BSBF2022 is organised by CDTI, E.P.E, the Spanish innovation agency depending on the Ministry of Science and Innovation, with the support of eleven full member Big Science facilities: the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the European Spallation Source (ESS), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser (European XFEL), the Facility for Antriproton and Ion Research in Europe (FAIR), Fusion for Energy (F4E) representing the ITER project, the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO).
More than 1000 delegates from 500 companies and organisations across Europe are estimated to take part in BSBF2022. The conference is structured in parallel sessions, which will cover ten technological areas (electronics, instruments, manufacturing techniques, control systems, information and communication technologies, cryogenics and vacuum, etc.), as well as several cross-cutting topics such as IFMIF-DONES or research infrastructures in Horizon Europe. A number of expert speakers from ESS will participate in the sessions and deliver presentations on various topics. ESS will also be present with a information booth, and be available during breaks.
Also taking part in BSBF2022 are several affiliated Big Science organisations, such as the European Solar Telescope (EST), the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources (LEAPS) and the Mutipurpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications (MYRRHA).
Networking is a key pillar at BSBF2022, where delegates will be able to pre-arrange one-to-one meetings with representatives from Big Science organisations, industry or other institutions. The event includes an industrial exhibition, with more than 100 stands available to European industry and other stakeholders. BSBF2022 also hosts an SME track, featuring 21 selected European SMEs which will showcase the potential and success of the European SMEs in the Big Science market. Another staple is the technology transfer track, a series of meetings running during the whole conference, aiming to exploit the potential of technologies developed in the realm of the Big Science, market driven by research infrastructures.
BSBF2022 will follow the latest requirements and guidelines, complying with applicable local and state regulations, to guarantee that the event is Covid-free.
More information about BSBF2022 can be found at the event website: www.bsbf2022.org.