STFC recently held an event to promote opportunities in the CERN experiments to UK industry. CERN centrally spend in the region of £325M every year on equipment and services to maintain the accelerator complex - a succession of machines that accelerate particles to increasingly higher energies. The CERN experiments - which includes the detectors ATLAS, CMS, LHCb and ALICE - are international collaborations which are managed separately to CERN. They have members from across the World. Similarly, the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) study is an international collaboration working on a concept for a new accelerator design.
CERN only partially contributes to the cost of the experiments. Funding agencies from countries involved in the experiments are responsible for the financing, construction and operation of the experiments on which they collaborate so this is an entirely separate procurement channel for companies to engage with CERN.
In the UK, contributions to CERN experiments are funded through particle and nuclear physics grants to universities and laboratories from STFC.
Over 130 people attended the event to link industry with academics across the UK developing equipment for ATLAS, CMS, LHCb and CLIC. The morning talks can be found below. These were followed in the afternoon by a networking session and seminars.