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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 events that are organized from April 9 to April 11 in Brussels: the Exhibition in the European Parliament and the EMR Forum at Solvay Library.

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?

Join us!

How about contributing to development of the Einstein Telescope? A number of projects and programmes have been set up for companies to encourage innovation and accelerated development of new technologies for the telescope. If you want to know more about the schemes or about cooperation opportunities, please contact us.

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

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To inform the MEPs about the Einstein Telescope, the Euregio Meuse-Rhine as a potential site and the progress of ongoing research on key technologies needed for the development of the Einstein Telescope, they can visit an exhibition about the Einstein Telescope in the European Parliament from April 9 to 11, 2024.

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, 2024 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, Associate Professor, Department of Gravitational Waves and Fundamental Physics, Maastricht University: Introducing Einstein Telescope: a new window on the universe
  • Thomas Hertog: On the origin of time, Professor Theoretical Physics, cosmologist and bestselling author
  • Stan Bentvelsen: Scientific Director at the Einstein Telescope EMR Project Office and Director at the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics Nikhef
  • Marinda Hall: Master of Ceremony, international moderator for complex (European) collaboration

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

Presentation slides



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.