Session on Industry Agenda

For the first time, the Session "Engagement with Industry, Knowledge Exchange and Industrial Relations" will take place on Tuesday 16 May afternoon, as this will allow a continuation of discussions — started during the Industry Session — later in that evening, during the traditional Conference Reception.

Industry Representative who do not attend IPAC'17 but are interested in the Industry Session are cordially invited to purchase a one-day-ticket for Tuesday at 750 DKK. Please order your ticket through Helle Klestrup (hek [at] discongress [dot] com). The ticket will give access to IPAC'17 on that day between 8:00 and 18:00. Tickets must be purchased by 11 May at the latest.

Format-wise, the Session will consist of four panels, with the following topics:


1. Industry as a Career Path for Physicists Roundtable

Bjarne Roger Nielsen (Danfysik) will chair a roundtable discussion moderated by Roger Eriksson with:

  • Bjerne S. Clausen, CEO of Haldor Topsoe
  • Hans-Arno Synal, Founder of IonPlus AG and professor at ETH Zürich
  • Carsten P. Welsch, Professor at University of Liverpool


2. An Exploration of Proton and Electron Accelerator Business Opportunities

Robert W. Hamm (R&M Technical Enterprises, Inc) will chair a discussion, among others with Søren Pape Møller (Aarhus University), Angeles Faus-Golfe (Accelerator Department at Laboratoire de l'Acceleratuer Lineaire (LAL)) and Robert Kephart (IARC).

This discussion will focus on opportunities in future Discovery Science Projects and the existing Accelerator Stewardship Programs that aim to foster innovative developments in industry, as well as an overview of some of the larger existing commercial accelerator applications and their future requirements.

3. Open Source vs Closed Source IP and How the Two Relate to the Business of Particle Accelerators

Giovanni Anelli, Group Leader, Knowledge Transfer Group, CERN

This presentation, illustrated with examples related to accelerator technologies, will provide the audience with an overview of a Knowledge Transfer (KT) strategy, with emphasis on the various dissemination channels used in KT, from open to “closed” or proprietary. CERN’s network of Business incubation centers in the member states, as well as other ways in which CERN does KT (through people and through procurement) will serve as a background to this presentation.

4. Fireside Chat with ESS Head of Accelerator Dr. Mats Lindroos on The Future of Large Accelerator Projects

Guest: John Womersley, former CEO of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and current Director General of ESS. In his role as CEO of the STFC since 2011, Womersley led one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations. He was directly involved in the UK’s decision to join ESS in 2014. He’s is also a leading figure in European science policy as the former chair of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), the leading forum for prioritizing strategic investment in research infrastructure in Europe. “My vision for ESS is that we should look broader than being the world’s best neutron scattering facility,” said Womersley. “We should also aim to be what everyone looks to in terms of Big Science.”