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BSBF promotional roadshow in Central Europe stops in Budapest

Exploring Opportunities for Euro-Hungarian Collaboration

The fifth event of the promotional roadshow of the “Big Science Business Forum” (BSBF) – a joint effort promoted by BSBF Trieste 2024 organizers, CEI-Central European Initiative Executive Secretariat, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia – was held in Budapest on 7 May 2024. 

Following similar initiatives previously held in Belgrade, Bratislava, Prague and Warsaw, the event aimed at discussing the emerging Big Science common market in Europe and its opportunities for local companies and operators, starting from those offered by the upcoming “Big Science Business Forum” (BSBF), to be held in Trieste next 1-4 October.

Hosted at the Italian Cultural Institute, the gathering was opened by Counsellor Diego Randazzo, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Italy to Hungary. Additional introductory remarks were addressed by Ketty Segatti, Head of Department of Strategic Innovation, Research and University projects of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Zsófia Légrádi, representative of Hungary within the Committee of CEI National Coordinators, and Zsuzsanna Király, CEI Deputy Secretary General.  

Following a keynote presentation on BSBF activities by Paolo Acunzo from ENEA, Director of the hosting organisation BSBF Trieste 2024, the event culminated in a roundtable discussion involving Hungarian companies moderated by Zoltan Gyarmati from ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure), which focused on the topic of research-industry collaborations towards the creation of the European Big Science common market. Among the participants in the roundtable were Anita SZÖLLŐSY, Head of Procurement & Public Procurement Department at ELI-HU Nonprofit Ltd; Gergő MÉSZÁROS, representing Semilab Zrt; and Gábor VERES, from GEMS Engineering Ltd. 

The scheme “BSBF visits capitals in Central Europe” will carry on in the next weeks, with two new BSBF visits already scheduled in Croatia (Zagreb, 13 June) and Slovenia (Ljubljana, 14 June).