3 December 2021

BSBF High-Energy Accelerators and Synchrotrons: Need for co-operation with industry

In the final webinar in the BSBF (Big Science Business Forum) Webinar Miniseries, we heard the latest news from the research facilities CERN, ESS, ESRF, FAIR, XFEL, and ESS Neutrino Super Beam, and about what lies ahead in this field.

Anna Hall, Director Big Science Sweden and Swedish ILO, was moderator for the concluding panel discussion with the day’s speakers: Manuel Moreno, Spanish ILO, José Miguel Jiménez at CERN, Mats Lindroos at ESS, Jean-Claude Biasci at ESRF, Peter Spiller at FAIR, Thomas Tschentscher at XFEL, and Colin Carlile, Uppsala University and ESSnuSB collaboration.

The panel observed that the research facilities and industry are and will be facing many common technological challenges. Anna also asked which areas the research facilities saw as being most important to co-develop with industry.

The panel members identified detector development and technological fields such as new materials, instruments, AI, software development, data science, and infrastructure service.

They also felt it was important to interact with society when tackling the major challenges, such as the goal to become energy neutral, and to foster expertise.

Anna Hall emphasised the importance of meeting places, with the day’s webinar as an example, in paving the way to collaborations.

“Meetings between research facilities and industry increase understanding of needs and challenges from both their perspectives. We’re strengthening the ecosystem and promoting the collaborations that will drive the Big Science market in the coming decades.”