Big Science Sweden - Sweden’s Industrial Liaison Office (ILO)
Big Science Sweden is the name of Sweden’s official Industrial Liaison Office secretariat. The organisation was created to promote business opportunities between industry and large-scale research facilities such as MAX IV, ISS, CERN and others.
As suppliers to research facilities, Swedish companies are under-represented. At the same time, Sweden is investing large amounts in research facilities, both at home and abroad. There are great opportunities for Swedish companies in this area.
Putting Swedish companies on the map in Big Science
Supplying to research facilities provides companies with many benefits. Firstly it is big business, purely financially; secondly, most companies that have been suppliers in the area feel that their level of innovation increased as a result. Thirdly, companies’ brands are strengthened since they are dealing with prestigious customers.
Businesses need to realise the potential involved in supplying to research facilities. Companies that want to do business with research facilities also need to understand what technologies these establishments need and demand. Sometimes they just need to realize that there is an opportunity. A company that manufactures dental equipment, for example, would be able to use the same technology for supplying to research facilities.
Cooperation with researchers and engineers while supplying complex goods can also lead to technological developments that can be sold on a different market. There are many examples of companies that have developed their technology through supplying to research facilities, at the same time as they have found a large-volume market within a specific industry.
Large-scale international research facilities
Plant under construction in Lund for multidisciplinary research using neutron scattering technology
Accelerator facility with research in areas such as particle physics
Swedish national laboratory for synchrotron light research
International organisation making astronomical observations in Chile
Plant for production of synchrotron light
International experimental reactor for fusion research
X-ray free electron laser under construction for research into femtochemistry, structural biology and materials science, for example.
Plant for neutron scattering
Spallation plant for neutron scattering
Synchrotron light plant, hard X-ray synchrotron
Radar plants in Nordkalotten (northern Scandinavia) and Svalbard
Acceleration plant for hadron and ion physics