Big Science & Knowledge Transfer 17 June 2022 at Mikrocentrum


This meeting, organised in collaboration between the ILO-net and the roadmap Advanced Instrumentation, was aimed at showing how Big Science organisations like CERN, ESA and F4E can be seen as a technology supplier in three main ways. The two most common ways are through obtaining knowledge in the process of providing goods that are either built in a co-development partnership or solely by the information that is given and fundamental to produce the goods according to the desired specifications. A third form is by obtaining a license to use technology and or know-how developed by such organisations.

The meeting was well attended by companies from both networks. The first part of the meeting was dedicated to presentations about CERN, ESA and F4E and their respective institutes in The Netherlands, Nikhef, SRON and DIFFER.

In the second part of the meeting six presentations were scheduled from companies, who had in various ways obtained new knowledge, know-how or a license to commercialise a certain technology. Each presentation contained the key parts that were learned or taken on board, but also lessons learned on how to deal with Big Science organisations.


The program was:

13:30 Welcome
14:00 Start program     

* Introductory presentations on the character of the Big Science organisation in relation to knowledge transfer and co-development

  • CERN/Nikhef – Jan Visser, ILO for CERN
  • F4E/DIFFER – Marco de Baar, director of DIFFER
  • ESA/SRON – Michael Wise, director of SRON 

15:00  Coffee break

* Presentations by companies showing how the various manners of working together with or taking up technologies from these organisations has worked out for them and what the lessons learned are.

  • PANalytical – Roelof de Vries
    20 years of collaboration with CERN on Medipix technology as large enterprise
  • Amsterdam Scientific Instruments – Hans Brouwer
    10 years of knowledge transfer from a start-up’s perspective
  • VDL – Miranda van den Berg
    Science and Technology; you can’t have one, without the other
  • Demcon –Fred Kamphues
  • Demcon: Lessons learned in een Big Science project met ESO en TNO
  • Cosine –Max Collon
    The world's best X-ray mirrors for space-based astronomy - spin-in from semicon and spin-off to beam lines, material analysis and health care
  • S[&]T – Marc Perquin
    Spin-off examples from projects in the Big Science domain

  16:30 Drinks


The ILO-net is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)


ILO-net coordinator:
Jan Visser

Backoffice manager:
Margo Steer