Big Science Business Forum 2020

The second edition of the ”Big Science Business Forum 2020 (BSBF2020) conference will be held in Granada, Spain, on 6th – 9th October 2020. The BSBF2020 conference offers an opportunity to learn about future investments and procurement of leading large scientific organisations in Europe. Some of the largest European research infrastructures will be represented on the occasion of event, such as  F4E (European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy), CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility), ESS (European Spallation Source), ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere), ESA (European Space Agency), ILL (Institute Laue-Langevin), European XFEL (European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility) and SKA (Square Kilometre Array). These organisations are called as “Big Science”, thanks to their budgets of € billions, spent on technology development, scientific instrumentation acquisition, services procurement, construction work, etc.

Participation in the BSBF2020 conference enables participants to learn about business opportunities in the coming years, in a wide range of business and technology areas; meet Europe’s “Big Science” organisations’ representatives, and their key suppliers and technology experts; establish partnerships via “B2B” meetings and an exhibition in the conference foyer; and get insight into public procurement rules, intellectual property rights and how businesses can interplay with the “Big Science” market.

The BSBF2020 is a business-oriented conference to provide a focal contact point between European research infrastructures and industry. The BSBF2020 expects more than 1 200 participants, mainly from European companies and organisations wishing to participate in the “Big Science” market. The size of this market is estimated at the level of € 38.4 billion in 2020-2024.

BSBF2020 will address the topic of “Big Science” in dedicated parallel sessions in the following areas:

  • Electrical, Power Electronics, and Electromechanical RF Systems;
  • Basic Material Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing Techniques;
  • Diagnostics, Detectors, Sensors and Optics Instruments;
  • ICT Challenges – software development, HPC, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence;
  • Large and High Precision Mechanical Components;
  • Instrumentation & Control and CODACO;
  • Superconductivity and Superconducting Magnets;
  • SME Involvement and Key Aspects for Procurement;
  • Cryogenic Technology, Vacuum and Leak Detection Technologies;
  • Complex Building Construction and Safety Related Systems;
  • Remote Handling Systems.

The conference will also include a social program and excursions (see the attached files). Registration for the BSBF2020 conference will be open from 2nd December 2019 via You can also follow the news on #bsbf2020 or #BigScienceBusinessForum Twitter accounts.