ESO at the Big Science Business Forum 2018

2 February 2018

Big Science is a term that encapsulates the way in which scientific progress increasingly relies on large-scale projects, often funded by national governments or groups of governments, leading to increasingly collaborative research and global, scientific projects. It relies on businesses large and small from all over the world, in areas ranging from cryogenics, superconductors, materials and electronics — as well as groundbreaking astronomical technologies.

This is why ESO, along with some of Europe's largest international science organisations, including CERN, ESA, EMBL, ESRF and others, is participating in the Big Science Business Forum 2018 (BSBF2018), from 26–28 February 2018, in Copenhagen, Denmark. With more than 650 delegates from 25 countries, and representing more than 250 businesses and organisations from the Big Science landscape, BSBF2018 aims to be the first “one-stop-shop” for European business and other stakeholders to learn about the status and future of Europe’s Big Science organisations.

ESO is a prominent example of Big Science. It is a partner in the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the world's largest ground-based facility for observations in the millimeter/submillimeter regime. ESO’s flagship Very Large Telescope (VLT) is the world's most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory, and ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), currently under construction, is on course to be the world’s biggest eye on the sky.

Speakers from ESO will deliver a total of 14 presentations at BSBF2018, including a keynote address from ESO’s Director General, Xavier Barcons. Topics include:

  • ESO’s programme and opportunities for industry
  • Why astronomy isn’t just for astronomers
  • The ELT optomechanics — developments and challenges
  • Cryogenics at ESO — overview and future challenges

The Big Science Business Forum 2018 touches on many vital aspects of ESO’s work, and will provide an exciting opportunity for like-minded organisations and businesses to engage in the Big Science market.



Oana Sandu
Community Coordinator & Communication Strategy Officer
ESO education and Public Outreach Department
Tel: +49 89 320 069 65

Arnout Tromp
ESO Head of Contracts and Procurement
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6438

Richard Hook
ESO Public Information Officer
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6655
Cell: +49 151 1537 3591

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The Big Science Business Forum 2018
The Big Science Business Forum 2018