Let’s meet with DESY and European XFEL

BIGINN Partnership invites SMEs, clusters, research centres and other scale-up organizations to meet Big Science in Hamburg, Germany on 2-4 May, 2023. Participants will have an opportunity to meet new business partners, learn about the business needs and challenges at European XFEL, DESY, immerse in the Hamburg industrial innovation ecosystem, and benefit from networking to identify new collaborative opportunities.

Eligible participants will have the access to the ClusterXchange mobility scheme’s 415 Eur lump-sum to cover travel and other participation expenses.

What you will do?

8.15 Bus Pick-up

9.00 BIGINN Cluster (internal workshop)
Short introductions from participants

11.00 DESY – A catalyst for innovation
A. Willner, CTO, DESY

11.25 PETRA IV project purchasing
K. Kahlau, Team Leader Project Purchasing DESY

11.50 Brilliant light for materials science: Industrial applications of the instruments operated by GEMS at PETRA III
M. Marc Thiry, Industrial Relations Officer HEREON

12.15 Lunch

13.00 Research on biomaterials for a sustainable future
S.Roth, TechLead Scientist DESY

13.30 Laser plasma acceleration the future is compact
A. Andreas Maier, Lead Scientist DESY LPA

14.00 Campus Tour: HERA, PETRA III, FLASH

16.00 Networking

16.30 The DESY innovation ecosystem Home of deep tech start-ups
F. Fateme Jaleh, DESY Start-up office

16.50 DESY Innovation Factory the future of innovation
H. Wiese, Head of DESY Innovation Factory Project

17.15 Bus transport to hotels

19.00 Networking diner

9.15 Bus Pick up

10.00 European XFEL. Welcome and Introduction
-R. Feidenhansl Managing Director , European XFEL
-A. Bonucci , Head of ILO Office and In Kind Contribution EuXFEL

10.30 Coffee break

10.45 Function and technologies
-M. Dommach , Group Leader Vacuum Group (Vacuum)
-S. Hauf, Group Leader of the Controls Group (Control System)
-P. Geßler , Group Leader Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Advanced Electronics)

12.00 Lunch

13.15 Workshop I: Materials & Mechanics
– Presentations of companies
– S. Casalbuoni , Group Leader Undulator Systems (Superconducting Undulator) hybrid
– D. La Civita, Group Leader Mechanical Engineering (Mechanical Group)

15.15 Workshop II: Electronics, optics & IT
-Presentations of companies

16.15 Coffee break

16.30 Workshop III: Magnets, Engineering & Advanced compoents
-Presentations of companies
-M.Izquierdo, Group Leader Scientific Instrument SXP (SXP, third port)

17.45 Tour of European XFEL

18.45 Barbecue

8.30 Bus pick-up

9.00 International innovation partnership event (Part A)

10.30 Coffee break

10.45 International innovation partnership event (Part B)

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Departure to the AIRBUS site

13.30 Arrival at AIRBUS site, check-in

14.30 Guided site tour of AIRBUS Periport factory Hamburg

17.00 End of program

What you will meet?


One of the world’s leading accelerator centre. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life. The accelerators and detectors that DESY develops and builds are unique research tools. The facilities generate the world’s most intense X-ray light, accelerate particles to record energies and open completely new windows onto the universe.

The European XFEL is a research facility of superlatives: It generates ultrashort X-ray flashes—27 000 times per second and with a brilliance that is a billion times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray radiation sources. The world’s largest X-ray laser is opening up completely new research opportunities for scientists and industrial users.

Why to participate?

  • Immerse within the German Big Science innovation ecosystem
  • Visit DESY– meet leading scientists and discuss their future purchasing needs
  • Visit European XFEL – meet leading scientists and discuss their future purchasing needs
  • Visit leading technological companies within the German BigScience sector
  • Expand their network thanks to several networking moments organized for this purpose
  • Identify new business opportunities
  • Update their knowledge about the European XFEL, DESY and German innovation ecosystem
  • Strengthen their knowledge about the role of SMEs in Big Science, and learn about new potential innovative projects
  • Participate in individualized B2B meetings

Who can participate?

Everyone. But to receive financial support of 415 € an eligible entity should be from from COSME country (excl. Germany, in this event) which is:

  • A cluster or similar business network organization
  • A scaling-up support organization (technology centre, research institute, fab-lab, resource-efficiency service provider, [digital] innovation hub, creative hub, incubator, or accelerator) that is a cluster or a similar business network organisation member
  • A small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) that is a cluster or a similar business network organisation member

BIGINN: A new beginning for business and Big Science Innovation project ( co-funded by COSME program (GA No. 101037928, COS-CLUSTER-2020-3-03-1). BIGINN partnership is willing to unlock the innovation potential of clusters in relationship with Big Science organizations and bring SMEs and other interested parties closer to Big Science market