Symposium on Big Science

Athena beurswand

SRON Netherlands Space Institute for Space Research will organize a symposium in which the value of Big Science will be highlighted in all its aspects: science, technology and innovation.

We aim to further raise awareness for the value of Big Science for science and society. Special attention is given to the involvement of the industry.

A panel with experts and policymakers will consider how the Netherlands can further increase its visibility in this international ecosystem.

You are invited to join this symposium which is also in honour of the retirement and departure of Gerard Cornet as coordinator of the ILO-net.


11.00 The International Ecosystem of Big Science (Leonardo Biagioni, F4E/ITER)

11.30 Scientific and technological challenges on the path to fusion electricity (Tony Donné, EUROfusion)

12.00 The developments around the Einstein Telescope (Jo van den Brand, Uni Maastricht/Nikhef)

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Connecting science and industry in astronomical research (Marco de Vos, ASTRON)

14.00 Future developments for interferometry and Big Data (Michael Wise, SRON)

14.30 The value of Big Science from an industry perspective (Hans Priem, VDL-ETG)

15.00 Break

15.30 Forum of experts and policy makers fueled by questions from the speakers

16.30-17.30 Reception and drinks


SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research is located at the Leiden Bio Science Park, Niels Bohrweg 4, 2333 CA Leiden.

ParkingSRON parking

Visitors can park a car in the Parking Ehrenfestweg, a 6 minute walk from SRON. This parking has charging stations for electric vehicles. Navigate to ‘Ehrenfestweg Leiden’ and once on this street, you see the parking to your left, in the left-hand street (red line on this map). After parking, walk the walking route (shown in green here), from the garage to SRON.


Please register below.
Be informed that registration is due October 27th, 2023.
Images may be taken during this symposium.