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Opportunities for UK Industry in the €1Bn ELT construction

!New - Presentations from the event are now available to download (see below).

The ELT will be a large scale facility (Big Ben is shown for scale)
(Credit: ESO)

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is preparing for the construction of the billion-euro Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). This major science facility construction project is expected to commence in early 2012, and represents major opportunities for UK industry 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

The one-day event was held on Thursday 19 May 2011 in London. It provided 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. Delegates had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with key ESO decision-makers in scheduled one-to-one meetings.

Programme and presentations

Time Item
09:30 - 10:00 Registration and coffee
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome
John Womersley - UK representative to ESO Council
(Head of Science Programmes Office, STFC)
10:10 - 10:30 Introduction to ESO (PDF - 542kB)
Rowena Sirey - Head of External Relations, ESO
10:30 - 11:10 ESO technology needs (PDF - 1814kB)
Roberto Tamai - Head of Technology Division, ESO
11:10 - 11:30 Coffee break and discussion
11:30 - 12:15 Upcoming opportunities: The ELT project (PDF - 2186kB)
Alistair McPherson - ELT Project Manager, ESO
12:15 - 13:00 Securing ESO contracts: The procurement process (PDF - 314kB)
Yves Wesse - Head of Contracts and Procurement, ESO
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break and discussions
14:00 - 14:45 Instrumentation Programme at ESO (PDF - 2416kB)
Mark Casali - Head of Instrumentation, ESO
14:45 - 15:30 Precision engineering and control (PDF - 2978kB)
Roberto Tamai - Head of Technology Division, ESO
15:30 - 16:15 Civil and mechanical engineering opportunities in the ELT (PDF - 1979kB)
Alistair McPherson - ELT Project Manager, ESO
Roberto Tamai - Head of Technology Division, ESO

Download the full programme.


Dr Robert Pfab
Industry Liaison Officer to ESO
Tel: +44 (0)131 668 8260

Dr Raeid Jewad
Large Research Facilities Team
UK Trade and Investment
Tel: +44 (0)20 7215 0820

This event was held in partnership between ESO, STFC and UK Trade and Investment.

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