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Holland@CERN was a big success





ITER Business Forum 2015 (IBF/15)

25-27 March 2015, March, Marseille, France.

The “ITER Business Forum 2015” (IBF/15), has taken place in Marseille, in the south of France with 875 participants from 410 registered companies,

Dutch companies were well presented at IBF15, here in the Dutch BigScience stand organised by Eric Boom on behalf of the Dutch ILO-network

The event was organised from 25 to 27 March 2015 with the participation of the ITER Organization, Fusion for Energy (F4E), the other Domestic Agencies and their main suppliers. This event is organized with the support of F4E Industrial Liaison Officers (ILO) Network, Agence ITER France, the Chamber of Trade and Industry of Marseille-Provence and the local authorities (ARII, Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône, Conseil Régional PACA, Marseille Municipality).

One of the important features of IBF15 was the large number of B-to-B's that was organised.

The aims of IBF/15 were the following:

  • to provide industry with updated information on ITER status, procurement procedures and forthcoming calls for tenders (2015-2016)
  • to improve mutual knowledge between the ITER project and industrialists
  • to facilitate industrial partnerships on ITER, within Europe and outside Europe on the ITER project and beyond (consortia to answer calls for tender, industrial partnerships, subcontracting, local support)

You can find here the ILO-net leaflet and the brochure with the most important Dutch companies in the field of fusion energy.


Big Science at The Precision Fair 12 & 13 november 2014

Thursday, 14 August, 2014

The Precision Fair in Veldhoven near Eindhoven is the biggest International High-Tech fair in Europe. A Congress program is related to the fair. It has become a tradition for Big Science Institutes to visit the Precision Fair and to contribute to the Congress. Delegates from Big Science Institutes are invited to visit the fair. We can offer free access, lunch and dinner as well as accomodation in the congress center The Koningshof at Veldhoven. We can also organize visits to firms in the region of Eindhoven, "The smartest region of the world". There will be a special booth for Big Science Institutes to show their science to the visitors of the Precision Fair.

Please subscribe if you want to attend and indicate your options. For the flyer you can click here.




"The Dutch Lane" at the IPAC booth 65-67 and 70-74



The Neterlands are present at the Industry Exhibition of the IPAC in Dresden with 14 high-tech firms stating:

Accelerating Dutch Industry for Science and Society

All companies are experienced Big Science vendors. You are very welcome to visit The Dutch Lane. For an overview of companies please look at our IPAC14 Brochure. You wil also find these brochures at our booths.

On Tuesday the Honorary Consul of the Netherlands, Prof. dr. Georg Prinz zur Lippe-Weissenfeld will open our coctail party at 5 pm. You are cordially invited to join us for some drinks (Dutch beer!) and typical Dutch fingerfood.


The Dutch ILO-Net

The ILO-Net has been established to bring together all ILOs with the aim of:

  • enabling Dutch companies to win important orders from Big Science more often;
  • offering industry greater continuity in challenging high-value work;
  • enabling science to gain easier access to highly qualified companies;
  • enabling SMEs with less international experience in conducting business to become more closely involved in BSPs.

The ILO-Net is a collaboration between Dutch Industrial Liaison Officers (ILOs) who are employed at scientific and university institutes. It is an initiative from the NWO Institutes who are responsible for the national coordination of Big Science projects for international facilities such as CERN, ITER and ESA. NWO funds all the scientifical research in Holland. In the ILO-Net, ILOs consolidate their strengths to bridge the gap between Dutch industry and large Big Science facilities.

Thanks to central practical and organisational support provided by NWO, the ILOs can realise their tasks more effectively. Various Dutch government ministries and industrial umbrella organisations were closely involved in the establishment of the ILO-net.