Irish companies have been invited to a one-day event in Trinity College Dublin on 26th March, to meet representatives from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), with a view to exploring opportunities for future business with the worlds leading astronomical facility.
Background: The European Southern Observatory (ESO – www.eso.org) operates the most advanced astronomy observatory on the planet, with facilities spanning the wavelength ranges from mm to the optical. ESO has just commenced construction of the billion-euro European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). This major construction project is expected to take ten years to complete, and as a result important opportunities for Irish industry could be available in:
- Civil engineering
- Steel structure fabrication and assembly
- Precision actuation, metrology and control
- Optics, opto-mechanics and detector systems
- Cryogenics, vacuum systems and coating systems
- Advanced light sources
- Real time computing
In addition, there will be a requirement for new instrumentation suites that will be developed by international consortia, and these will be multi-100 MEuro opportunities for industry.
Ireland is currently a member of the European Space Agency (ESA). Because of the potential scientific and industrial benefits of ESO membership, the Government is currently reviewing the possibility of Irish membership of ESO, along with other organisations.
To gauge the interest of Irish industry in the benefits of ESO membership, a one-day event will be held on Thursday 26th March 2015 in the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin to provide delegates with the opportunity to understand ESO’s current and future procurement and technology needs in detail and learn how to successfully do business with ESO. There will be speakers at the meeting from other ESO member-states (including companies which have done business with ESO), and attendees will also have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with key ESO decision-makers. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The outcome of the meeting will inform the ongoing Government review.
Programme for the ESO Information Day in Ireland
Venue: School of Physics, Trinity College, Dublin 2
Date: 26 March 2015, between 9 am and 4 pm (hours tbc)
Participants from Ireland:
• Representatives of companies and business organisations (the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC), Enterprise Ireland, etc.)
• Possible representatives from the Irish authorities (Forfás, Science Foundation Ireland)
• Representative of the company that is conducting the international research facility membership review on behalf of the Irish government
• Representatives of the Irish scientific community/the Royal Academy of Sciences
• Members of the Press
Estimated number of participants: 25-30 persons
09:30-09:40 Opening by an Irish government representative (tbc)
09:40-10:00 The Irish Perspective (Paul Callanan, UCC)
10:00-10:30 ESO General overview (Laura Comendador-Frutos, ESO)
10:30-11:00 Science at ESO (Mark Casali, ESO)
11:00-11:15 Coffee/Tea break
11:15-11:45 E-ELT (Mark Casali, ESO)
11:45-12:15 ESO Procurement (Arnout Tromp, ESO)
12:15-12:35 Working with ESO (Tommi Kilpeläinen, BlueCielo ECM Solutions Oy)
12:35-13:05 The UK Experience (Colin Vincent, STFC)
14:15-15:45 Company presentations
15:45-16:15 General Discussion and Conclusions, Wrap up