Big Science Business Forum 2018 (BSBF2018)

The European Spallation Source is among the organisers of the Big Science Business Forum 2018 (BSBF2018), 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.

More than 650 delegates from 25 countries, representing more than 250 businesses and organisations from the international Big Science landscape have already registered for BSBF2018. As a key organiser ESS representatives will give 14 presentations on various business areas in the Big Science market. With less than two months to go, interested participants are encouraged to sign up for BSBF2018 now.

ESS has joined forces with some of the world’s largest Big Science organisations (CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, European XFEL, F4E, and ILL) to create BSBF2018. Together, we want to contribute to a stronger, more transparent and consolidated

Big Science market in Europe for the benefit of both Big Science and businesses.

An additional eight other Big Science organisations (ALBA, DESY, ELI-NP, ENEA, MAX IV, SCK•CEN–MYRRHA, PSI and SKA) are BSBF2018 Affiliated Big Science organisations, increasing the current number of Big Science expert speakers to more than 100. BSBF2018 is the first time that 17 of the world’s largest Big Science organisations are united under one roof to present their future investments worth billions of euros, and to meet the Big Science industry together.


Keynote speeches by:

  • Søren Pind, The Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science
  • Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Chairman of the Regional Council, Capital Region of Denmark
  • Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Book exclusive1-1 meetings with ESS delegates

BSBF2018’s 1-1 meeting module was launched last week, in which you can book 1-1 business meetings with ESS delegates.

Through the 1-1 meeting module you can send meeting requests and see, read and communicate with other delegates. It allows delegates to meet with potential or existing business partners and will ensure that delegates can plan and optimise their conference calendar and experience.

See a list of our delegates here.

Presentations from the BSBF2018 Organising Big Science Organisations:

  1. CERN
    The European Organization for Nuclear Research
    Fréderick Bordry, Director of Accelerators and Technology
  2. EMBL
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory
    Silke Schumacher, Director International Relations
  3. ESA
    European Space Agency
    Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General
  4. ESO
    European Southern Observatory
    Xavier Barcons, Director General
  5. ESRF
    The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
    Francesco Sette, Director General
  6. ESS
    The European Spallation Source
    John Womersley, Director General
  7. European XFEL
    The European X-Ray Free Electron Laser Facility
    Robert Feidenhans ́l, Managing Director and Chairman of the Management Board
  8. F4E
    Fusion for Energy
    Johannes Schwemmer, Director
  9. ILL
    Institut Laue-Langevin
    Helmut Schober, Director General


ESS Presentations at BSBF2018

BSBF2018 have recently published a detailed programme including the individual presentation topics. More than 120 talks distributed on 19 conference sessions will address Big Science as a business area. ESS is proud to contribute with 14 of those talks.

Our expert speakers will deliver presentations on the following topics:

  1. Introduction to ESS, keynote speech

    John Womersley, Director General
  2. Overview of Procurement by the European Spallation Source

    Meredith Shirey, Head of Supply, Procurement & Logistics Division
  3. The mission-critical Remote Handling Systems for European Spallation Source

    Magnus Göhran, Monolith & Handling Group Leader
  4. ESS Cryogenic Installations Status

    Philipp Arnold, Section Leader Cryogenics
  5. Industrial opportunities in Superconductivity at ESS

    John G. Weisend II, Specialized Technical Services Group Leader
  6. Licensing Issues & Challenges for ESS, A New Large Accelerator Facility Built in Scandinavia

    Peter Jacobsson, Head of Safety, Health and Environment Division
  7. RF systems in the ESS Linac

    Anders Sunesson, RF Group Leader
  8. Engineering design & material testing for the ESS accelerator

    Nick Gazis, Mechanical Engineering Technology Section Leader
  9. Industrial opportunities with modern control system technologies

    Henrik Carling, Head of Integrated Control System Division
  10. Engineering methods and tools in a greenfield organization

    Peter Rådahl, Head of Engineering and Integration Support Division
  11. Introduction into instruments and detectors

    Thomas Shea, Beam Diagnostics Section Leader
  12. Industrial opportunities in proton beam diagnostics and related technologies at ESS

    Thomas Shea, Beam Diagnostics Section Leader
  13. Introduction to vacuum systems

    Marcelo Ferreira, Vacuum Section Leader
  14. Specialized manufacturing demands of a new spallation source facility

    Benjamin Davidge, Manufacturing Section Leader


Ongoing procurements, contract awards, forthcoming procurements, guidelines and procedures, and how to register your business profile.

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