Holland at CERN

On 17 October the third industrial exhibition, "Holland at CERN1" was officially opened by Dr R.J. van Duinen, President of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In his opening speech he encouraged scientific organisations such as CERN* to take full advantage of industry's ability to design and invent new processes and equipment stressing that the purpose of the "Holland at CERN" exhibition was not simply to sell equipment, but to establish an efficient cross-fertilisation between fundamental science and industry.

Professor Christopher Llewellyn Smith, Director-General of CERN, spoke of the important contribution that Dutch scientists and administrators had made to the success of CERN. He drew the particular attention to Jan Bannier, who had set up CERN's unique long-term budget planning system, Simon van der Meer, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1984 for his work on stochastic cooling of antiprotons and Walter Hoogland, Director of Research from 1989 to 1994, who made an essential contribution to the early development of the Large Hadron Collider project. The Director-General finished his speech saying, "CERN has had very good value from the Netherlands and I hope that the "Holland at CERN" exhibition will help the Netherlands to have even better value from CERN".

From 17 to 20 October twenty-two Dutch hi-tech companies present their products which have special interest for the physicists, engineers and technicians working at CERN. The products cover fields of immediate importance to both CERN employees and the visiting research teams at CERN. Many technologies are presented: conventional and super-conducting magnets, small and precision machined mechanical components, heavy mechanical components, electronics, sensors, electrical and mechanical instrumentation, cryogenics, high vacuum systems and various other scientific systems and instruments.

Running in parallel with the technology exhibition, there is a series of technical and scientific seminars and a programme of cultural events including video presentations on Dutch cities, painting, flowers and food. This integration of science and culture is well illustrated by the lecture, "Mass spectrometric analysis of 17th and 19th century paintings" by Prof. Dr. Jaap Boon from MOLecular aspects of ART (MOLART).

In his lecture Prof. Boon explains why mass spectrometry is making a difference in molecular studies of paintings, analysing paintings by Rembrandt, Bol and Maris to compare 17th and 19th century painting techniques. Organic mass spectrometry is an important tool in the microscale molecular analysis of paintings. Ingredients can be identified, the curing of natural products used to bind the pigments can be elucidated and aspects of ageing of paintings can better be understood.

Dutch companies played an important role in the construction of LEP with their high quality products. They are involved in the current upgrade of the accelerator - LEP 2- which will result in doubling the energy of the particle beams. Construction of the LHC and its detectors is a major technological challenge, demanding the development of new technologies and pushing existing technology to the utmost limits. CERN, in particular the LHC project, will prove to be an important driving force for innovation in European industry and the large number of Dutch firms exhibiting at "Holland at CERN" , illustrate Dutch industry's ambition to play a full part in CERN's present and future scientific projects.


  1. Machinefabriek Boessenkool BV
  2. Brandt Fijnmechanische Industrie BV
  3. Cryovat International BV
  4. Delta Elektronika BV
  5. DeMaCo Cryogenics
  6. DEP/Scientific
  7. 7 Drukker International BV
  8. FeenstraÕs Technische Industrie Dalfsen
  9. Fokker Space and Systems BV
  10. Holec International BV
  11. Holec Projects BV (HP)
  12. Holec Ridderkerk BV
  13. INCAA Computers BV
  14. N.V. KEMA
  15. Nederlands Centrum voor Laser Research (NCLR) BV
  16. Philips Machinefabrieken Nederland BV
  17. Royal Schelde MT-Products
  18. Shapemetal Innovation BV (SMI)
  19. Signaal Special Products
  20. N.V. Twentsche Kabel Holding
  21. University of Twente and NIKHEF
  22. Urenco Aerospace Netherlands

Dutch Scientific Association of Scientific Equipement Manufacturers in the Netherlands
P.O. Box 722
NL-7300 AS Apeldoorn
J. Lisser
Tel. (+31 55) 542 88 92
Fax (+31 55) 542 90 00

FME, Association of enterprises in the mechanical, metalworking, electronic and electrical engineering industry and allied sectors
P.O. Box 190
NL-2700 AD Zoetermeer
Steven C. Mulder
Tel. (+31 79) 353 12 83 / 93
Fax (+31 79) 353 13 65


1. CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Israel, Japan, the Russian Federation, Turkey, Yugoslavia (status suspended after UN embargo, June 1992), the European Commission and Unesco have observer status.

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