Slovenian Industry Day at CERN
On Wednesday and Thursday this week, Slovenian Industry Day was held at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva. At the two-day event, which was attended by representatives of 25 Slovenian firms, the Slovenian government is promoting the cooperation of Slovenian companies with CERN.
The event, which was organised by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the public agency Spirit Slovenia and the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was intended for Slovenian firms that want to establish contacts and gain insight into the operations at CERN and projects that hold potential for joint cooperation, and to create joint business and development opportunities. Before the event, Minister Jernej Pikalo noted that Slovenian cooperation with CERN is exceptionally important, both for the fields of science and education and for the business sector, which will require additional support for cooperation.
Five Slovenian institutions and approximately 15 scientists are currently engaged in research at CERN, and various Slovenian firms have been operating as suppliers or developers of technological equipment for CERN for several years. However, there are numerous opportunities for private-sector cooperation within CERN’s 14 areas of operation, from computer programming, manufacturing printed circuit boards, lighting devices and equipment to engineering, optics, photonics, etc.
“I have to say that we are fairly satisfied with this, but despite that we would like even more companies to join us in our efforts and opportunities,” said Minister Pikalo.
Since 2017, when Slovenia has held associate membership status as a transitional phase, it has paid one million Swiss francs annually, while full membership will cost around 2.8 million francs a year. “Membership is important for both the scientists and the firms, and the latter will have the most to gain from it, since on one hand it is a significant business opportunity, and on the other it is an opportunity to cooperate on the most advanced technologies with the best people,” added Pikalo.