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Einstein Telescope EMR Forum

Thank you for your interest in the Einstein Telescope. Here you’ll find more information about the Einstein Telescope in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) and the event that is organized on Wednesday April 10th, 2024 in Brussels: the Einstein Telescope EMR Forum.

The Einstein Telescope EMR Forum is a strategic event for collaboration and funding for hosting the Einstein Telescope in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. The Forum is dedicated to exploring European cooperation in the fields of all the advanced technologies associated with gravitational wave detection and building of underground observatories. The forum takes place on Wednesday April 10th from 10.00-17.30 hrs. at the Solvay Library in Brussels, Belgium.

The Forum is intended for European companies, governments and knowledge institutes that want to be part of the Einstein Telescope community, that will join together in the adventure to establish this observatory in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.


The event offers an exciting program, with interesting keynotes, relevant breakout sessions and matchmaking to strengthen and grow the Einstein Telescope EMR ecosystem. The organizing team is very honored to have added the following speakers to the program:

  • Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Science Policy, Recovery Program and Strategic Investments at the Belgian Federal Government
  • Leonardo Biagioni: On ecosystems in big science, Deputy CFO and Acting Head of ITER Program at the European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy (F4E)
  • Gideon Koekoek: Introducing Einstein Telescope: a new window on the universe, Associate Professor of Physics
  • Thomas Hertog: On the origin of time, Professor Theoretical Physics, cosmologist and bestselling author
  • Jo Brouns: Flemish Minister for Economy, Innovation, Work, Social Economy and Agriculture
  • Marinda Hall: Master of Ceremony, international moderator for complex (European) collaboration

In the attached Pdf you will find extensive information about the program, the keynote speakers, the breakout sessions, the Apéro Limburgeois and the Solvay Library.


The Einstein Telescope EMR Forum can accommodate a maximum of 150 guests. There is no cost to participate, but you must register in advance. On the registration form you can also indicate which breakout session you want to attend and if you will join the Apéro Limburgeois.

After your application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within a few minutes. Your registration is only guaranteed with our confirmation mail. Have you not received an e-mail within a few minutes after your registration (also check your spam)? Then please contact us by sending an e-mail to einsteintelescope@prvlimburg.nl.

Wild card

There are limited seats available. Is the event sold out? Then we can put you on the waiting list for a wild card, in case someone unregisters.

Unable to attend?

Please take into consideration that we have a waiting list for the forum. We kindly request to inform us as soon as you can if you are not able to attend, by sending an e-mail to einsteintelescope@prvlimburg.nl. That way we can give a wild card to someone on the waiting list.


The Einstein Telescope EMR Forum is organised and sponsored by the Province of Limburg (NL), POM Limburg (BE), and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).

On behalf of all the collaborating and supporting partners:

  • Belgium: POM Limburg, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Benelux Unie, Belspo, GRE Liège, University of Liège, Euregio Meuse-Rhine EGTC and Wallonie Entreprendre
  • Germany (North Rhine-Westphal): NMWP, AGIT
  • The Netherlands: Province of Limburg, the Einstein Telescope EMR project team, the Ministries of Economics and Education, Maastricht University.

We hope to meet you at the renowned Solvay Library in Brussels. This historic place – where Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Max Planck, Marie Curie and many other Nobel laureates measured up to each other during the mythical Solvay deliberations- is once again becoming a place to make history.

Learn more

The underground Einstein Telescope will be Europe’s most advanced observatory for gravitational waves. It will allow researchers to hear black holes collide and learn about the early universe. The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany are jointly studying whether to host this world-class observatory.

A new window on the universe

The three 10-kilometer tunnels of the Einstein Telescope will be sited 250 to 300 meters underground in order to make undisturbed measurements of gravitational waves. Above ground, hardly anything will be visible of the observatory.

Euregio Meuse-Rhine

The border area of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany is a promising location for the Einstein Telescope thanks to its unique soil that dampens disruptive vibrations. Good connections and the network of knowledge institutions and companies also make the area attractive.

Landscape photo in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion: Winkelberg quarry in the Dutch municipality of Eijsden-Margraten.

Organisation and timeline

With the Einstein Telescope, European scientists and businesses are building the most accurate gravitational-wave observatory ever. This represents a unique opportunity for researchers, businesses and the regional economy. What will it require to build the telescope, and what steps are the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany taking?

Gravitational waves. Credits: Caltech / JPL / R. Hurt

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