Big Science Business Forum

The world’s first Big Science Business Forum is gathering representatives from the largest high-tech research facilities around the world for a joint conference. They will offer insights into procurement opportunities and orders worth billions of euros for companies. The conference takes place in Copenhagen 26-28 February 2018.
When CERN creates Big Bang-like conditions, or the European Southern Observatory builds the world’s largest telescope to explore the far corners of space, extensive purchases are required, from the smallest screw to high-tech consultancy.

The branch is known as Big Science and for the first time, nine of the world’s largest research facilities have gathered together to create Big Science Business Forum to present their offers to European industry.
The conference starts with a welcome reception on Monday 26 February, where the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science Søren Pind will welcome participants. In the following days, delegates can take part in 19 different conference sessions with leaders and technical experts from Big Science organisations, as well as an exhibition space with more than 200 companies and organisations.

Big Science Business Forum 2018 takes place in Copenhagen 26-28 February, hosted by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and
The conference is arranged by CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, ESS, European XFEL, F4E and ILL. A further nine Big Science organisations have joined the conference programme: ALBA, DESY, ELI-NP, ENEA, FAIR, MAX IV, SCK•CEN – MYRRHA, PSI and SKA. More than 950 delegates from more than 425 companies and organisations spanning approx. 30 countries have already registered.

Journalists are welcome to attend the conference and can also register for an exclusive press tour of the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden on 26 February 13.30-17.30.

Monday 26 February
Welcome reception, opening speech and exhibition, as well as guided tours to European Spallation Source (ESS)

Tuesday 27 February
Conference sessions, exhibition, business meetings, side events, receptions and official conference dinner

Wednesday 28 February
Conference sessions, exhibition, business meetings and side events

Thursday 1
March Guided tours to ESS for participants

For further information, please contact:
Morten Mechlenborg Nørulf, Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education, tel. +45 72 31 80 94, e-mail:
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Event Date

26 Feb 2018, 09.30 - 28 Feb 2018, 17.30


Tivoli Congress Center, Arni Magnussons Gade 2, 1577 Copenhagen V.

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