Parallel session D4

6th October 2022/ 14:30-16:00
Machuca room
(floor -2)

Increasingly, Big Science organisations have areas with challenging environments – due to hazardous materials, or various types of radioactivity & radiation, or environmental constraints (such as temperature, pressure, magnetic field, vacuum) or at inaccessible locations like in space. Operations hence require specialized remote handling (RH) / robotics interventions. Solutions developed for the science community may also help to solve challenges in other markets such as manipulation of very large components, decommissioning, space, power generation, mining etc. The technical area includes RH mechanics, system design & engineering, tooling design, operations planning, radiation tolerant components & systems, electronics, simulation, control and testing environments.


  • CERN – Roberto Rinaldesi, Engineer, Handling Equipment management, EN Department
    • Remote handling of heavy components at CERN: past experiences and future needs
  • ESO – Ronald Guzman, Group Head for Telescopes and Large structures
    • Challenges & Opportunities: Remote handling of complex optical systems in extreme conditions
  • European XFEL – Joachim Schulz, Group Leader, Senior Scientist, Sample Environment and Characterization
    • Automated sample scanning and positioning for high repetition rate X-ray free-electron lasers
  • FAIR – Christos Karagiannis, GSI engineering
    • FAIR hot cell lay out and remote handling tasks
  • F4E – Carlo Damiani, Remote Handling Project Team Manager
    • ITER: novelty, challenges and next opportunities for industries in Remote Handling for nuclear fusion
  • ITER Organization - Jim Palmer, Section Leader of ITER IO Remote Handling


  • Sylwia Wójtowicz – ILO for CERN and F4E, Operational Manager at National Center for Nuclear Research

  ALMA antenna (Photo: ESO)

Big Science organisations have areas with challenging environments, and therefore operations require specialized remote handling (RH) / robotics.