Meet technology purchase officers from CERN, ESRF, ILL, ITER/F4E on Thursday 2 April in Brussels.This event is a common initiative of AWEX in co-organisation with Agoria (Iterbelgium and Big Science Belgium Platform), FIT, HUB and Belspo.

Due to the coronavirus health crisis this event is cancelled and postponed to a date to be determined.

If your company is active, amongst others, in the following sectors:

  • Nuclear technologies and radiation protection
  • Electrical, electromechanical and RF systems
  • High precision and large mechanical components
  • Remote handling systems for hazardous environment
  • Diagnostics and detectors
  • Optics and opto-mechanic systems
  • Cryogenic technology
  • Vacuum and leak detection technologies
  • Instrumentation, Control and CODAC
  • Engineering methodologies and tools
  • Safety systems, licensing and protection of hazardous installations,
  • Access control, fire and gas detection
  • Basic material technologies, manufacturing and assembly technologies
  • Superconductivity and superconducting magnets
  • Information and communication technologies

If you wish to develop a business stream or partnership with these prestigious institutions, to gain international visibility, whatever the size of your company, then attend the contact day on 2nd of April in Brussels, get informed and meet the procurement managers in one-to-one meetings. 

We have grouped these purchase markets in one single event because they buy the same type of goods and services, as mentioned here above. In addition, some of these Big Science Organizations apply the principle of  "fair return to member countries" for their purchases.  

Introduction to the participating organizations

CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva, is one of the world's largest particle physics laboratories. It hosts several interconnected accelerators and carries out multiple experiments to study, by means of detectors, what happens when accelerated particles collide.

Annual budget: more than 1 billion Swiss francs.

ESRF, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, produces X-rays that are 100 billion times brighter than the X-rays used in hospitals. These X-rays, with their exceptional properties, are produced by very high energy electrons circulating in an accelerator with a circumference of 844 meters. This fundamental research facility is open to applied and industrial research.

Annual budget: EUR 87 million. 

The ILL, Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France, is the world's leading centre for neutron science and technology. It has a 58 MW nuclear research reactor and produces neutron beams to probe matter. It is one of the most intense neutron sources in the world. Every year, this source is used for chemical, biological, medical, industrial or military research by more than 1500 researchers. 

The 2018 budget was 102.9 million euros. 

ITER (formerly “INTERNATIONAL THERMONUCLEAR EXPERIMENTAL REACTOR”, but now just Latin for “the way”) is a project for an experimental nuclear fusion reactor of the tokamak type, located in Cadarache (France). The research project is part of a long-term approach aimed at the industrialization of nuclear fusion as an energy source on earth. The installations are currently being completed. F4E, (FUSION FOR ENERGY) in Barcelona is the organisation set up to manage the EU contribution to ITER and to cooperate with Japan on fusion research and development projects. One of its main missions is to cooperate with industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and research organisations to develop and provide a range of technological components and engineering, maintenance and support services for ITER or other fusion projects.

Budget to be spent on ITER  around 5G€ (5 billion) between 2020-2027.


Preliminary programme

Thursday 2 April 2020


Information seminar: 

  • Presentation by each of the institutions on their needs, their medium-term investment planning and the procurement procedures put in place. (representatives from CERN, ESRF, ILL, ITER/F4E)
  • Presentation on the generic needs of "big science" and the Belgian ecosystem likely to meet them. Information on the Big Science Belgium platform. (Christian Dierick, Iterbelgium, Big Science Belgium, Agoria)
  • Intervention of Belspo and its role in the Belgian Science policy and financing
    (Laurent Ghys, Belspo)
  • Presentation of the future EINSTEIN TELESCOPE project, a gravitational wave detector and future big science entity potentially at our borders. (Nick Van Remortel, University of Antwerp)
  • Speech about the future ITER Business Incubation Centre in Belgium. (Luisa Leroy, Verhaert, Innovation Consultant, Business Incubation Centre, ESA and ITER FUTTA) 
  • Testimonials from Belgian companies that supply to CERN, ITER/F4E, ESRF, or ILL

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Networking lunch

Thursday 2 April 2020 afternoon: B2Bs

Individual interviews between companies and procurement managers from CERN, ITER F4E, ILL, ESRF are possible. Discussions with the ILOs (Industrial Liaison Officers) responsible for these bodies will also be possible. The day of April 2 will close with a networking cocktail.

If the number of registered participants justifies it, the B2B could possibly continue on the morning of 3 April 2020, in particular for the CERN market.

Register until 12 March 2020, in particular for companies interested in B2B with the invited organizations!

Registration is possible via each of the co-organizers, but is finally coordinated via AWEX, as the event will take place at the AWEX premises. Registration is free of charge, but required for participation.   

Important remark: As the number of participants is limited for B2B, a pre-selection of applications will be carried out by the  Big Science Organizations on the basis of your company's profile, which we will ask you to complete.

Other Agoria technology initiatives for the Big Science Market

  • Mark your agenda for the Big Science Business Forum 2020 in Granada

    Join Agoria’s Big Science Belgium booth in Granada in October 2020 (free of charge!). More information will follow, see Belgian pavilion on the map



Thursday 2 April 2020


Brussels, Place Sainctelette, 2, 1080 Brussels salle HORTA (AWEX premises)


AWEX in cooperation with Agoria (Iterbelgium and Big Science Belgium Platform) FIT HUB and Belspo 

More info

Registration is free of charge, but required for participation.

Registrations for this event are closed.