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Event: ‘Big science:’ What’s it really worth?

Particle accelerators, biobanks, telescopes, scientific databases - these are among the "big science" research infrastructure projects that have become an essential feature of the research world. Their scientific value is obvious. But their economic value can also be great: The World Wide Web was born at CERN. Can we quantify this kind of broader, indirect economic or social benefit? 

This dinner debate is to gather evidence and views on potential spin-offs from major research infrastructure projects across Europe. The objective: To suggest ways that science policy makers can leverage their investments in these big facilities.

Event pack


18:30 - Welcome & summary of Science|Business research by Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business

18:40 - Panel: Is Big Science worth it?

  • António Correia De Campos, Member of the European Parliament
  • Sergio Bertolucci, Director for Research and Computing, CERN
  • John Womersley, Chair, ESFRI; CEO, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Jonathan Wareham, Vice-Dean, Research, ESADE Business School
  • Hannu Seristö, Vice President, Aalto University
  • Helmut Dosch, Head, DESY

19:45 - Dinner debate: How to get more value from Research Infrastructure

Moderators: Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business, and John Wood, Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities; EU Co-Chair, Research Data Alliance

Serge Bernasconi
Chief Executive Officer, MedTech Europe
Sergio Bertolucci
Director for Research and Computing, CERN
Augusto Burgueño Arjona
Head of Unit for e-infrastructures, DG CONNECT, European Commission
António Fernando Correia de Campos
Member of the European Parliament
Helmut Dosch
Head, DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron)
Daan du Toit
Minister Counsellor (Science and Technology), South African Mission to the European Union
Shiva Dustdur
Head of RDI Advisory, EIB
Philippe Froissard
Deputy Head of Unit for Research Infrastructures, DG RTD, European Commission
Florian Gliksohn
Partner, Keastone
Andrew Houghton
Deputy Head of Unit for Flagships, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Sylvie Leray
Director of Research, CEA
Monica Marinucci
Director of Research, Global Education & Research Industry Unit, Oracle
René Martins
Research Programme Officer - Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies, DG RTD, European Commission

‘Big science:’ What’s it really worth?