Second Big Science Business Forum Webinar 8-9 October 2020 -  Big Science Organisations Strategic Plans, 2020-21 Procurements and Flagship Projects

The second Big Science Business Forum Webinar is held on October 8th & 9th, 2020 from 09:30 to 12:15 CET, and is focused on Big Science organisations strategic plans, 2020-21 procurements and flagship projects, with speakers from Big Science organisations. Participants are able to propose questions to each speaker on real time in a dedicated Q&A short session after each speaker presentation.


​Date: October 8th & 9th 2020

Time: from 09:30 to 12:15 CET

Organisers / Speakers:

  • BSBF Organiser - CDTI
  • Big Science Organisations and Associated Big Science Organisations: CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, ESS, European XFEL, FAIR, F4E, SKAO, and new ABSOs: ESS Bilbao, LEAPS, EST, MYRRHA


​Content: Speakers give information and presentations on the following topics:

  • BSBF2021 organisation update
  • BSOs and ABSOs strategic plans 
  • 2020-21 procurements and industrial opportunities
  • Flagship projects


The draft agenda is available, and can be dowloaded here

Record of the webinar and presentations will be available online after the BSBF Webinar in the registration platform. Participants need to register in advance in the registration platform, following the link:

BSBF Webinar registration platform link


We hope this BSBF Webinar is of your interest.

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For more info on previous and future BSBF webinars, visit the BSBF webinars page.

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ENRIITC 1st Networking Meeting

ENRIITC’s 1st virtual e-meeting has been scheduled for October 15-16. The event is being planned as a great chance for participants to get to know one another, to launch the ENRIITC Network by holding table discussions to facilitate networking and collaboration among its members, and to offer a fun and interactive experience.


Registration and agenda here

After a warm welcome and introduction,  all participants will be redirected to interactive table discussions around four specific topics that are also important to project partners. The topics in the table discussions are:

- What are the barriers and ways forward to promote joint innovation and collaboration between Research Infrastructures and industry,
- What are best practices on approaches and tools in communication between Research Infrastructures and industry,
- How to we unlock the innovation potential of Research Infrastructures for the benefit of industry, 
- What are the roles and responsibilities of the Research Infrastructure industrial contact point,
- What are the needs concerning training and education for industry relations, and 
- What are the most important channels and collaborators (e.g. technology parks, mediators, embassies) and how do you use them to engage with industry?

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ICTS are the new BRONZE Big Science Business Forum sponsor

The term Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) refers to leading R&D facilities that, individually or by coordinating several installations, provide services for pioneering and top-quality research, as well as for the transmission, exchange and preservation of knowledge, transfer of technology, and promotion of innovation. The ultimate goal is to provide the national and international science, technology and industrial community with pioneering scientific-technical infrastructures that are essential for competitive and quality scientific and technical research. These are technical means that are unique or exceptional in their field, with a high investment and/or maintenance and operation cost, and whose importance and strategic nature justify their availability for the entire R&D group.


The ICTS have three fundamental characteristics:
1.- They are publicly owned infrastructures. That is, they belong to or are managed by public entities under the authority of the state and/or regional governments. They are mostly funded by public money.
2.- They are unique, which means they are one of a kind, including:

  • Large facilities that enable the observation, analysis and interpretation of phenomena of interest.
  • Complex experimental infrastructures designed to create, reproduce and study physical, chemical andbiological phenomena of interest.
  • Large experimental infrastructures for engineering and developing new technologies applied in different fields.
  • Essential infrastructures to provide scientists with access to natural settings that present unique characteristics for research.
  • Advanced technology that provides horizontal and fundamental support in all scientific and technological disciplines.

3.- They are open to competitive user access in the entire research community, both from the public and private sector.

The ICTS are located across Spain and are included on the “National Map of Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS)” (hereinafter “ICTS Map”). The current map consists of 29 ICTS, bringing together a total of 62 infrastructures.


For further info visit the ICTS webpage or download the updated ICTS Map.


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Procurement at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

The European Synchrotron (ESRF) is the world-leading source of synchrotron and a centre of excellence for fundamental and innovation-driven research for imaging and studying the structure of matter at the atomic and nanometric scale in many fields of research, including life sciences, materials science, chemistry and physics. The ESRF owes its success to the international co-operation of 22 partner nations. An on-going upgrade, the ESRF’s Extremely Brilliant Source, ESRF-EBS, (150 MEURO over 2015-2022) has been selected as a Landmark by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) for the 2016 Roadmap and reiterated in the 2018 Roadmap, recognising the strategic importance of the ESRF’s pioneering new-generation high-energy synchrotron. Centred on rebuilding the ESRF storage ring, with an ambitious instrumentation and data strategy, EBS will deliver from August 2020 unprecedented source brilliance and coherence (~100x), offering scientists and industrial partners a powerful new instrument to look even deeper into the structure of materials and living matter.

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The European Solar Telescope will be the bigger solar telescope ever built in Europe. Located in the Canary Islands Observatories, it will triple the capacity of today’s largest solar telescopes operating in this continent. With a 4.2 metre primary mirror EST will look at the essential solar processes at their smallest scales, providing key understanding of how its magnetic field controls solar activity and affects the heliosphere and planetary atmospheres including our own.

The Sun is our closest star and, therefore, our best laboratory to understand the Universe. By peering into the physical mechanisms of the solar atmosphere in unprecedented detail, EST will solve long standing questions observing the Sun like never before.

As flagship of the European of solar physics community, EST will contribute to maintain Europe at the frontier of solar physics research, while at the same time will mobilise European industry to fully participate in the technological challenges to be faced up in the next decade in the field.

For further information visit the EST webpage

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Procurement at European Space Agency (ESA)

ESA is Europe’s comprehensive space agency, active across every area of the space sector; space science, human spaceflight, exploration, earth observation, space transportation, navigation, operations, technology, telecommunications and safety and security from space. ESA promotes a broad competitiveness of European space industries through its industrial policy. ESA also works in close cooperation with the EU and other European organisations as well as space organisations outside Europe. ESA is further increasingly active in stimulating the downstream market that follows from space developments and applications. ESA works with economic operators to carry out projects and activities in all areas mentioned.

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MYRRHA, BSBF 2021 Associated Big Science Organisation

MYRRHA, the Multi-purpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications, has been selected as Associated Big Science Organisation for the BSBF2021.

MYRRHA, is the world’s first large scale Accelerator Driven System project scalable to industrial systems, and is under construction at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) in Mol, Belgium.

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Procurement at European Souther Observatory (ESO)

ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities for astronomy to enable important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research.

ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in the Atacama Desert region of Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. Each year, more than 2000 proposals are submitted for the use of ESO telescopes, requesting between four and six times more observing time than is available. ESO is the most productive astronomical observatory in the world, which annually results in almost 1000 scientific papers based on ESO data.

ESO works with industry to carry out projects and to build instruments and telescopes, including the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), the world’s biggest optical telescope, which is under construction and will become a reality in the next decade. The material budget for the program is around 940 million EUR.

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Tessella BRONZE Big Science Business Forum sponsor

Tessella is proud to be Bronze sponsors of BSBF2021. Tessella answers your complex data and computing challenges – leaving you more time to focus on the science. For 40 years Tessella has worked with leading international research institutes, including many of the BSBF2021 organisations.

Tessella´s areas of expertise are:

  • AI + Data Science - Enabling research teams to extract meaning from raw experimental data, free up experts and shrink the backlog of experimental results that need analysis.
  • Cloud + HPC - Maximizing the potential of cloud-based platforms to provide distributed access and the shared high-power computing resources scientists need.
  • Robust Systems + Software - Over the last 40 years, we have worked with our clients to meet the complex computing needs of the scientific research community.


Find out more in Tessella´s webpage 

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Procurement at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

EMBL’s Barcelona site is continuing to expand in size, with new research groups planned and an extension to the Mesoscopic Imaging Facility. At EMBL Hamburg and EMBL-EBI in Hinxton reorganization and/or expansion of the host campuses are planned or underway. Refurbishment of the EMBL sites at Grenoble and Rome is also at discussion phase.

In the coming five years EMBL will invest in light and electron microcopy, computing infrastructure for IT Services (compute, storage, connectivity, data security), beamline detectors and instrumentation.

One of EMBL’s key projects is the 48 million EUR spend for the construction (incl. equipment and infrastructure) of a unique microscopy facility for the life sciences in Heidelberg. The center, set to open in 2021, will welcome visiting scientists from all over the world as well as industry partners. It will make new imaging technologies at EMBL available to foster a better understanding of the molecular basis of life and disease.he firm whose bid complies with the country of origin requirements, the stated technical, financial and delivery requirements, and which offers the lowest price. However, for requirements exceeding 100’000 CHF, an alignment rule may apply which provides an advantage to a bidder if at least 60% of its supplies originate from poorly balanced Member States.

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