Second Big Science Business Forum Webinar

The BSBF2020 event was re-scheduled to 28 September-1 October 2021 (Image: BSBF)

On 8 October 2020, the CERN participated in the second BSBF webinar focused on the Big Science Business Forum (BSBF) organising institutions’ plans for Procurement in 2020-2021 through the presentation of their flagship projects. The CERN Procurement Service presented the upcoming tenders for different departments and High-Luminosity upgrades for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This second event also hosted speakers from EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, ESS, the European XFEL, FAIR, F4E, and SKA; and the new Affiliate Big Science Organisations: ESS Bilbao, EST, LEAPS, and MYRRHA.

 In light of the global sanitary emergency, the BSBF International Organising Committee (IOC) has made the decision to postpone the event to 2021; and keep the momentum and interest alive during the extended preparation stage with a series of live webinars. CERN’s contribution included an overview of procurement rules by Anders Unnervik, Head of CERN Procurement Service; and a presentation of upcoming tenders on cooling and ventilation systems, vacuum and helium vessels, and power converters for the High-Luminosity LHC, as well as the supply of an electrical power substation for Point 5, home of the CMS experiment and detector. Other tenders included pre-fabricated concrete blocks and beams, video surveillance systems and an idiosyncratic 2D laser-cutting machine.

The audience was composed of Industry Liaison Officers from all organisations and more than 150 European companies interested in the Big Science market and upcoming business opportunities at CERN

- explains Jerome Pierlot, Head of Procurement for Accelerator and Technology at CERN.

This event is not only a showcase to enhance CERN’s activities, but it is also a unique opportunity to reach out to established as well as new suppliers interested in delivering goods and services to CERN.

 The first BSBF webinar was held on 23 June 2020, focusing on industrial and procurement measures resulting of the new Coronavirus pandemic.

 The BSBF2021, to take place in the fall of 2021 (28 September-1 October), congregates all European Research Infrastructures focused on technology, aiming to be the main meeting point between them and industry. The first edition of the event, held in Copenhagen in 2018, welcomed more than 1,000 participants from over 500 organisations and 29 countries to discuss the future prospects of the Big Science Market. The BSBF2021 event will be held in Granada (Spain), at the Palacio de Congresos, with the same programme and under the same conditions as the now rescheduled BSBF2020.

 Why participate? The Big Science Business Forum 2021 will be a single one-stop-shop for European companies and other stakeholders to learn about Europe’s Big Science organisations’ future investments and procurements worth over 38 billion euros. It is also an opportunity to establish relationships with these companies, who will create bespoke innovations to enable Big Science to continue to advance science and technology. Read more at:

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