Swedish Guide 2020

The BIG Science Sweden Guide 2020, is all about big science and is BIG! With a total of 356 pages of information on over 200 companies that have the capacity and knowledge to solve whatever issues the leading research facilities have, and on top of that, there’s information about 69 Swedish academic (i.e., SCIENCE) contributions.

The BIG guide also presents the work of Big Science Sweden, including its role as the official Swedish Industry Liaison Organisation (ILO) that provides support for Swedish companies cooperating with research facilities.

Even more, it lists all the events they have arranged for participants from 10 countries. Read online or download by visiting the Big Science Sweden website here.

1st BSBF Webinar

Although BSBF2020 has been postponed to 28 September through 1 October 2021, the BSBF International Organising Committee (IOC) is determined to keep the momentum and interest in the Forum alive! To do this, they will be arranging live, interactive webinars in the next months leading up to the event.

The 1st Big Science Business Forum Webinar will be held 23 June, 2020 from 9:30 – 12:30 CET. The main focus will be on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Big Science Market. There will be speakers from the European Commission, Big Science Organisations and the National ILOs, and participants will be have the opportunity to propose questions to them in real time. Presentations will be available online after the webinar.

To register to the webinar and download the agenda, please visit the BSBF Website.

KT Metrics Report

Knowledge Transfer Metrics – Towards an EU-wide set of harmonised indicators

An Expert Group was assembled by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) to examine how best to advance towards an EU-wide set of harmonised metrics for knowledge transfer (KT) in publicly funded research organisations (PROs), including universities. The Expert Group was established in partnership with the ENRIITC Associate, the European Association of KT professionals (ASTP), with the purpose of making use of ASTP’s experience of managing a pan-European data survey.

The tasks identified were to:

  • Explore with those active in knowledge transfer across EU Member States the appetite for harmonised metrics and the factors that would influence their adoption;
  • Review the 2009 seven core and seven supplementary performance indicators for PROs and test their validity in 2019;
  • Recommend a set of harmonised core indicators and a methodology for their adoption.

When developing the recommendations for this “third mission,” that also includes teaching and research, the Expert Group considered the wide-range and diversity of the internationally adopted KT indicators that are in practice today, and pointed out that in many counties the indicators cross over different channels of industry engagement. With that, they determined 10 recommendations for the development of common and consistent European indicators for KT.

The core indicators are:

  1. Scope of KT Indicators
  2. Set Core Indicators
  3. Used Evidence-based Case Studies
  4. Track KT’s development
  5. Set Common Definitions
  6. Implementation Expert Group to Gain Consensus
  7. EU-wide collection and reporting
  8. Create an integrated database
  9. Involve Governmental Bodies
  10. EC cross programme consistency

The group established that the EU-wide data should be collected by a credible, neutral organisation, and that KT’s success is the responsibility of PRO leadership. For this reason, they should be a big part of the ongoing conversation.

For more information about the Group’s results, download the full report here.

CORBEL: Supporting European Research

On May 26, the H2020-funded project CORBEL presented its final webinar titled “Support European Research: Communicating the Value of Life Science RIs in Times of Crisis and Beyond,” this time with guest speaker Bogi Eliasen from the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS). Prior to the webinar, CIFS ran a Delphi study with the participation of CORBEL partners – BBMRI-ERIC and 12 other life science research infrastructures – for two weeks, facilitating a qualified interaction related to the top challenges, opportunities and priorities of LS RIs. Mr. Eliasen and his team then incorporated the results into the presentation and used it as a basis for discussion of how to communicate the vital work of LS RIs during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Roughly 50 people participated in the webinar, including from the BBMRI-ERIC headquarters and Nodes, as well as other members of the life science community – from communications staff to scientific staff to directors.

The results of the study will be compiled and distributed to the participants. For more information, please visit the CORBEL project website.

Winning Big Science Contacts

Expert Graber-Soudry Discusses “Winning Big Science Contracts”

On Tuesday 26 May, 2020, Big Science Sweden hosted the virtual training session, “Winning Big Science Contracts.” Trainer, Public Procurement Expert, and EU Attorney Ohad Graber-Soudry presented: the main stages of the tendering process, how to more effectively submit to tenders, and explained tenderers’ rights for 20+ participants. As former Head of the Legal Division at ESS, he participated in and developed ESS’s procurement rules. This was a great opportunity to find out what we really need to do to win more contracts!


Agenda for the day

More specifically, the presentation discussed the importance of the legal framework; why procurement procedures matter; everything we need to know about technical specs; and he also spoke about exclusion, selection, and award criteria. The presentation through line explored how to maximise our chances of success when we’re drafting tenders.


Graber-Soudry’s key points and questions:

  1. Read and know all procurement documents carefully;
  2. Identify the required information and seek professional help from organisations like Big Science Sweden;
  3. It is crucial to understand the regulations at different types of plants. Is the facility a national or international organisation, or an ERIC (European Research Infrastructures)?
  4. This also applies to various legal frameworks.

The event was co-ordinated by Big Science Sweden’s Anna Hall and Frida Tibblin-Citron.

“It went well and we were 24 participants. One main takeaways from the training was the importance of creating close business contacts with key persons at the facilities, and to register in the different databases. And don’t hesitate to use your country’s ILO for further support,” reported Tibblin-Citron.

Anna Hall also added, “Do not hesitate to contact us. Also, do not hesitate to talk to any technical manager at the plant, and discuss various technical solutions.”


This virtual conference presented new knowledge, a chance to network, and good dialogue on procurement education. This also provided added value to increase our chances of winning contracts for the research facilities in the future. To read more about this training and stay up do date on future Big Science Sweden events, please visit their page here.

Connecting Suppliers and Big Science Facilities Online

The Danish network of Big Science supplier companies, BigScience.dk, had a busy schedule planned prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 in March. A quite significant event that was planned was the Denmark@Cern event, planned for early April. At this, 20 Danish companies were scheduled to visit CERN for 2-3 days and have 1-1 meetings with technical and procurement staff.

In response to the pandemic, this event and many others were cancelled. As a replacement, BigScience.dk arranged a series of 6 webinars this spring for companies: 1 titled “An Introduction to the Big Science Market,” 4 focused on individual facilities (CERN, ESS, ESO, and ITER), and a special one on how to make the Big Science market part of the company strategy.

The impact was quite large, with each webinar having 15-20 companies in attendance. BigScience.dk is now considering using webinars as an integrated part of the service they provide to supplier companies.

Caption: Søren Bang Korsholm from BigScience.dk presents the ITER project at a webinar for companies.
Caption: Isabel Bejar Alonso from CERN presented the procurement opportunities for the LHC high-luminosity upgrade project for 18 Danish companies.


World Metrology Day 2020

Photo credit: Big Science Sweden

Today we celebrated World Metrology Day with a webinar hosted by Big Science Sweden and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden).

The World Metrology Day is celebrated on May 20 every year to celebrate the signing of the meter convention. When the Convention was signed in Paris in 1775 by 17 states, the aim was for a uniform measurement system to be used throughout the world, which in turn led to the introduction of the international measurement system, SI. SI has a fundamental role in our modern society and is a prerequisite for research, technology development and production.

The theme of World Metrology Day 2020 is “Measurements for global trade.” The theme was chosen to create awareness of the important role that measurement plays in facilitating fair global trade, ensuring that products meet standards and regulations, and customers’ expectations of quality.”

According to the Swedish constitution, RISE is responsible for maintaining quality-assured international track gauge technology for 32 different physical sizes, which are currently distributed across 14 different National Measurement sites. The national survey sites contribute and work for academic collaboration with universities and colleges, contribute to international research facilities through, for example, Big Science Sweden and collaborate with Swedish industry

To view the agenda and the speakers, please click here.

To view upcoming Big Science Sweden events, please check our events page or see the Big Science Sweden website.

EU-OPENSCREEN-DRIVE: Industry Engagement for Supporting European Chemical Biology Platforms

EU-OPENSCREEN DRIVE is an Horizon-2020-funded project which aims to support the development and long-term sustainability of EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC, the European Research Infrastructure for Chemical Biology. One of the main goals of this project is the development of a structure which allows seamless engagement of the EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC with industry partners, acting as a hub for the generation of innovation, with a dedicated work package supported by the partners at University of Santiago de Compostela and at University of Oslo. An Industry Liaison Office (ILO) composed by members of the pharmaceutical industry and technology vendors has been established, representing a direct channel of interaction between academic partners and industry. Co-development projects will be designed to both support technology providers through the validation of their technologies by using EU-OPENSCREEN services, and to develop innovative methodologies that can be of interest for the pharmaceutical companies. These collaborative projects will allow academic groups to access cutting edge technologies and know-how and will strongly support the innovation and the scientific and economic impact of the European chemical biology community.

ENRIITC Kicks-off

Italy – 23 participants from the ENRIITC network gathered together in Naples, Italy to officially kick-off the Horizon 2020 funded project.