Procurement at Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR)

FAIR is the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe, one of the largest research projects in the world being built at GSI Hemholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH in Darmstadt, Germany. Constructor is the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH). Shareholders alongside Germany are Finland, France, India, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and Slovenia. The United Kingdom is an associate partner; the Czech Republic is an aspirant partner. The project cost is over 2 billion Euro.

In giant planets, stars, and during stellar explosions and collisions, matter is subject to extreme conditions such as very high temper­a­tures, pressures, and densities. FAIR will enable scientists to create such conditions in the laboratory. To do so, they will bombard small samples of matter with particles. These collisions will, for very short periods of time, create cosmic matter at the tiny impact points. The FAIR research is subdivided into the four experiment pillars: NUSTAR, CBM, PANDA, APPA.

FAIR will generate particle beams of a previously unparalleled intensity and quality. The variety of these particles will be unique: ions of all the natural elements in the periodic table, as well as antiprotons, can be accelerated. A key component of FAIR is a ring accelerator with a circumference of 1,100 meters. Connected to this is a complex system of storage rings and experimental stations. The existing GSI accelerators will serve as the first acceleration stage.

The FAIR particle accelerator facility in Darmstadt is one of the world’s biggest and most complex construction projects for international cutting-edge research. On a site of approximately 20 hectares, unique buildings are being constructed in order to house and operate newly developed high-tech research facilities. This multinational and highly complex mega construction project has entailed the development of integrated construction workflow planning that closely coordinates building, civil and construction engineering, accelerator development and construction, and scientific experiments.

The FAIR project is being realised in international collaboration. International scientific and technical institutes of the shareholder countries and many more partner countries are cooperating.

Cutting-edge technologies and extremely innovative measuring methods and techniques are being developed for the unique FAIR particle accelerator facility. In order to create the facilities for acceleration and experiments, high-level scientists, engineers, and other experts are working in international partnership to advance new technological developments in many areas such as information and superconductor technology.

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ITER Business Meeting: 7-8 April 2021

ITER Organization will host a 2-day Remote ITER Business Meeting presenting the coming business opportunities, and the latest highlights and the status of the Project on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 April 2021.
The ITER project is moving forward from the buildings construction phase to the machine assembly phase. ITER experts from different areas will provide specific information about contracts and procurement needs in the next coming years. They will be also available for one-to-one meetings with industry representatives.
The conference is free of charge but advance registration is required.
Mark the dates in your calendar and use this unique opportunity to learn about future prospects.

For more information: iter.org/ribm2021

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ICRI 2021, Canada: 2-4 June 2021

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and ICRI 2021: The safety and wellbeing of ICRI 2021 attendees is paramount for the conference hosts. Though the present circumstances make it difficult to plan for large international events, the organisation is hopeful that the situation will improve over the next few months. The organisation is closely monitoring developments and the guidance of public health officials and will provide regular updates to participants so they can adjust plans accordingly.

Please check the ICRI2021 site regularly for new information: http://icri2021.ca/


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Procurement at European X-ray Free Electron Laser (European XFEL)

The European XFEL is a research facility of superlatives. It generates ultrashort X-ray flashes—27 000 times per second and with a brilliance that is a billion times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray radiation sources. The world's largest X-ray laser is opening up completely new research opportunities for scientists and industrial users in areas of research that were previously inaccessible. Using the X-ray flashes of the European XFEL, scientists will be able to map the atomic details of viruses, decipher the molecular composition of cells, take three-dimensional images of the Nano-world, film chemical reactions, and study processes such as those occurring deep inside planets. At the European XFEL, international research groups can use complex experiment stations to perform their experiments for a few days or weeks. To generate the X-ray flashes, bunches of electrons are first accelerated to high energies and then directed through special arrangements of magnets (undulators). In the process, the particles emit radiation that is increasingly amplified until an extremely short and intense X-ray flash is finally created with properties similar to those of laser light. The European XFEL is located mainly in underground tunnels which can be accessed on three different sites. The 3.4 kilometer long facility runs from the DESY campus in Hamburg to the town of Schenefeld in Schleswig-Holstein. At the research campus in Schenefeld, teams of scientists from all over the world carry out experiments using the X-ray flashes. The company employs more than 300 people. At present, 12 countries are participating in the project: Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The European XFEL has been realized as a joint effort of many partners. The European XFEL GmbH cooperates closely with the research center DESY and other organizations worldwide. Construction started in early 2009; user operation began in September 2017. To construct and operate the European XFEL, international partners agreed on the foundation of an independent research organization – the European XFEL GmbH, a non-profit limited liability company under German law.

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Second BSBF Webinar Presentations Available!

The 2nd BSBF Webinar “Big Science Organisations Strategic Plans, 2020-21 Procurements and Flagship Projects” has been a great success with speakers from: CDTI; and Big Science Organisations, organising the BSBF2021: CIEMAT, CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, ESS, European XFEL, FAIR, F4E, and SKA; and the new ABSOs: ESS Bilbao, EST, LEAPS, and MYRRHA.

  • 15 Big Sience Organisations presenting their procurement oportunities to industry!
  • 310 registered participants in the event!
  • Mean value of participation during the first day was 180 online participants!
  • Mean value of participation during the second day was 120 online participants!
  • The event had a great impact on social media!


The agenda, the presentations and the record of the webinar, can be found in the 2nd Webinar registration web platform or in the BSBF2021 Webinars dedicated webpage.


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


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Procurement at European Spallation Source (ESS)

The European Spallation Source is a multi-disciplinary research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. The facility will enable scientific breakthroughs in research related to e.g. materials, energy, health and environment, in order to address some of the most important societal challenges of our time. It is expected to deliver first science in 2023 and reach its full specifications three years later, with 15 instruments online.

ESS is organised as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) with 13 member nations, including the host nations Sweden and Denmark. More than 500 employees from 54 nations are collaborating with institutions all over Europe to deliver the facility. The construction of the main facility in Lund, Sweden, started in 2014 with a budget of 1,843 billion EUR. Two years later, the Data Management and Software Centre opened in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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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.

Save the date or review the record!

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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