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Navigating the Future: Barcolana Sea Summit Hosts a Preview Roundtable for BSBF2024

On Friday, October 6, between 11:00 and 12:30, the Auditorium Generali in the Trieste Convention Center will host a special presentation of the the Big Science Business Forum (BSBF) 2024. This event is part of the broader Barcolana Sea Summit, scheduled from October 4 to 6, 2023, a forum for discussion and reflection on climate change and the future of the Mediterranean. Supported by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the summit aims to highlight the challenges and opportunities of making the Mediterranean a resilient area by addressing climate threats with innovative and sustainable solutions.

The Sea Summit is connected to the Barcolana Regata, this year in its 55th edition, and stands as the world’s largest sailing race. Attracting thousands of both professional and amateur competitors, the event week also features exhibitions and cultural activities, attracting visitors from all around the globe.

BSBF2024 serves as a notable platform for dialogue between major European scientific organizations and global enterprises, focusing on business prospects related to big science. With an estimated annual turnover of around 10 billion euros, the market not only attracts large industries but also specialized SMEs. The Forum, by facilitating this interaction, offers Italy, and particularly the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, a significant opportunity to engage with a burgeoning European market centered around substantial scientific advancements. To be held in October 2024 in the same Trieste Convention Center that hosts the Barcolana Sea Summit, BSBF2024 will feature Europe’s leading Big Science Organizations, including CERN, ESA, ESO, ESS, ESRF, F4E, FAIR, ILL, XFEL, and SKAO.

The full programme for October 6 is as follows:

Opening remarks
Massimiliano Fedriga, President, Autonomous Region Fruili Venezia Giulia

BSBF 2024 in Trieste: What Opportunities for Companies

Ketty Segatti – Central Director for Special Functions, Central Directorate for Labor, Training, Education, and Family – Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia

Leonardo Biagioni, European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy (remote)

Roundtable discussion with:

·       Nicola Casagli, President National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS)
·       Michelangelo Agrusti, President Confindustria Alto Adriatico
·       Antonio Paoletti, Vice President Unioncamere
·       Paolo Acunzo, Head of ENEA Service, ILO Network Italy.

Closing remarks:
Alessia Rosolen, Regional Councilor for Labor, Training, Education, Research, University, and Family
Moderator: Simona Regina, Science Journalist