What is Denmark@CERN?


Denmark@CERN is a promotion visit organized by BigScience.dk with strong support from CERN. The visit is a service to members of the Danish Big Science network with an ambition of becoming CERN suppliers or of increasing their current business with CERN.

Through this two-day event, Danish companies will get an introduction to CERN, learn how to do business with CERN, and participate in business-to-customer meetings with relevant technical staff members from CERN. At the same time, the promotion visit will raise the awareness of the Danish companies’ skills within CERN. CERN’s procurement department as well as the technical departments, which are directly involved in identifying and selecting suppliers from CERN’s member countries, will be involved in meetings with the Danish companies.

Denmark is contributing to CERN’s budget with approx. 20 M CHF a year (120 M DKK) corresponding to about 1.8% of CERN’s total budget. This membership allows the Danish researchers to be involved in the experiments at CERN but also gives Danish companies the possibility to bid for tenders for supply and service contracts (including R&D collaborations).  Since the first Denmark@CERN event organized by BigScience.dk in 2012, the Danish industrial return has steadily increased but there is still room for improvement and potential for both experienced and new companies to find business opportunities.


Target group

CERN buys a wide range of supplies and services including (but not limited to):

  • Civil engineering and buildings
  • Computer systems and communication
  • Electrical engineering and energy
  • Electronics (including radiofrequency equipment
  • Design studies
  • Mechanical structures (supplies and manufacturing techniques)
  • Miscellaneous (insurances, photo equipment, gases, vehicles, petrol, tools, furniture, office supplies…)
  • Particle detectors
  • Vacuum and low-temperature technology

So far, the Danish suppliers fall mostly within the categories “Electronics” and “Mechanical structures” but several other areas are relevant for Danish companies.

Both SMEs and larger companies have the potential to become a CERN supplier.


What is in it for me?

As a participant in the event, your company will have a unique opportunity for individual meetings with engineers and technicians from CERN interested in hearing more about the skills and/or products you can offer.

In addition, you will receive important information about the rules and procedures for supplying to CERN.

The program will also include:

  • Presentations on future upgrades of the accelerator
  • Guided tours
  • Presentations of Denmark's involvement
  • Opportunities to network with Danish scientists and engineers working at CERN, who may have needs for supplies and/or R&D collaborations.

What is CERN?

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is an intergovernmental organisation with 21 Member States.

Its seat is in Geneva but its premises are located on both sides of the French-Swiss border.

CERN’s mission is to enable international collaboration in the field of high-energy particle physics research and to this end, it designs, builds and operates particle accelerators and the associated experimental areas. At present, more than 11,000 scientific users from research institutes all over the world are using CERN’s installations for their experiments.

The accelerator complex at CERN is a succession of machines with increasingly higher energies. Each machine injects the beam into the next one, which takes over to bring the beam to an even higher energy, and so on. The flagship of this complex is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).


How can I prepare for the event?

You can prepare yourself by looking at the brochure and video provided on the webpage “Doing business with CERN”

You can look at upcoming tenders from CERN to see if there could be a match with your skills.

You can find inspiration in Danish success stories from CERN and other Big Science facilities.


You can download the invitation for Denmark@CERN as a pdf under "Downloads".