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BSBF visits CERN

The BSBF's tour of Europe's leading research infrastructures continues

The BSBF’s tour of Europe’s leading research infrastructures continues, as preparations ramp up for the flagship event scheduled for October 1st to 4th, 2024 in Trieste. The BSBF – Big Science Business Forum, an international forum aimed at fostering a European market for cutting-edge research infrastructures, serves as a vital connection between these facilities and industry across Europe.

Following BSBF visits to ITER in France on October 25th, 2023 – the international agency pursuing an experimental nuclear fusion reactor – and the European XFEL in Hamburg on January 19th, 2024 – a facility generating ultrashort X-ray flashes 27,000 times per second – attention now turns to CERN.

Promoted by the BSBF Trieste 2024 organizers, the visit to the prestigious research facility in Geneva aims to showcase the upcoming BSBF2024 initiatives while demonstrating the capacity of such high-tech centres to forge extensive partnerships with European enterprises.

A delegation comprising approximately sixty representatives from Italian and European firms, led by Friuli Venezia Giulia’s Regional Councillor Alessia Rosolen, explored CERN’s European research hub and its collaborative ventures. 

Welcomed with a presentation of CERN’s history as international research centre, attendees were also briefed on the Big Science Business Forum 2024 by Paolo Acunzo, Head of the ILO Network Italia Service at ENEA and Director of BSBF Trieste 2024. Acunzo underscored BSBF’s pivotal role in facilitating connections between research infrastructures and European industry.

“This will mark the third edition of BSBF, slated to take place in Trieste from October 1st to 4th, 2024,” noted Councillor Rosolen. “The decision to host this event in our city is a tremendous honour. Successfully conveying to businesses the significance of this biennial forum is a considerable responsibility; it offers companies fresh opportunities in international markets and collaboration with prominent scientific organisations such as CERN, ESA, ESO, ESS, ESRF, F4E, FAIR, ILL, European XFEL, and SKAO.”