Register before September 30th and enjoy an early bird discount of 10%

Call for Papers

Tokyo 2020 is not only the arena where the best athletes in the world compete and triumph, but also a major “catwalk” for innovating materials.

Therefore, Centexbel would like to invite all research centres, material and technical designers, athletes, sports organisations, sports attendands, sports material engineers, and authorities to present a lecture during the second International Conference on “Innovations in Sports Materials” addressing one or more of the following themes:

  • new developments in sports materials
  • monitoring equipment
  • sports clothing
  • smart materials
  • thermophysical comfort for top performances in tropical conditions
  • performance enhancing materials and equipment, etc.

Please submit your paper before August 15, 2019 to Ann De Grijse by using this template


The Road to Tokyo

Organisation team

Centexbel in collaboration with Sport Vlaanderen


Fedustria square

Fedustria represents one of the most important sectors in the Belgian industrial landscape!

Fedustria is the merger federation of the former Febeltex and Febelhout and represents companies from the Belgian textile, wood and furniture industry. Together, these sectors generate a turnover of 10.7 billion euros with an employment rate of approximately 39,218 jobs in 1,965 companies in Belgium.


schedule of programme sports conference


In addition to the official programme, we are also organising some free of charge events that are exlusive to our esteemed conference participants.

Healthy conference start!

Jogging session

  • start: 19/11 at 8.30 am: meeting point conference reception desk
  • running track: recreation area "Blaarmeersen"
  • shower and breakfast at the "Topsporthal"


We are organising two simultaneous visits. Please indicate your choice on the registration form 

Option one: Centrum Sport Vlaanderen in Gent

  • Flemish Cycling centre "Eddy Merckx", Topsporthal, Gymnastics hall, Fencing hall, the School and boarding school facilties
  • at walking distance
  • meeting point: conference reception hall
  • start: 20/11 at 2 pm

Option two: Liebaert - textile company in Deinze

  • Quality fabrics, made in Belgium
  • transportation to Deinze with individual cars (carpool system)
  • meeting point: parking Topsport hall
  • start: 20/11 at 2 pm

Scientific Poster show and Award 2019

Centexbel poster award

  • The scientific poster show is an important part of the event and will be accessible during coffee and lunch breaks. 
  • The first day of the conference, before the lunch, the posters will be presented to the audience.
  • All scientific posters are reviewed and rated on the basis of their scientific quality, clarity and impact. 
  • The highest scoring scientific poster will be announced during the closing remarks.
  • The poster abstracts will be published on the conference website. After the conference the winning poster will be put in the picture.

Guidelines scientific posters 

  • People presenting a scientific poster may participate in the conference at a special rate. 
  • The poster will only address new developments with a link to the research behind it; commercial talks are not allowed. 
  • The poster abstract will be evaluated on its scientific applicability and relevance for the textile industry and sports sector. 
  • All posters must be composed in English. 
  • Maximum dimensions of each poster are ± 80 x 120 cm (± A0). Each poster will be mounted vertically.
  • Please name your abstract: “Abstract_Poster2019_company name_initials author”
  • The conference participants will receive a code to download the abstracts from the conference website.
  • You may also present an additional full paper that will be accessible on the same website location as the abstracts.
  • Please name your paper: “Paper_Poster2019_company name_initials author”

The scientific poster shall include

  • Title, author (s) name (s) and their affiliation (s) 
  • Introduction, materials and methods, results, and discussion 

All posters shall be removed at the end of the conference. Posters remaining on site will not be retained nor returned.
Further details will be forwarded to the people actually participating in the Poster Session.

Download template


  • If your poster is clear and concise, one should be able to read it in less than 10 minutes
  • Sometimes less is more: be selective when choosing titles, texts, images, charts, and graphs.
  • Never use small type fonts.

Important dates

  • Submission of abstracts scientific posters: October 1, 2019
  • Confirmation of the contribution acceptance: October 10, 2019
  • Submission poster at conference: November 19-20, 2019


We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting the second international conference on Innovations in Sports Materials.

rudolf group logo

The RUDOLF GROUP is a global service provider for the global textile, construction and coating industries.

Over 1,300 RUDOLF employees worldwide work at developing innovative products for many different industries.


Debomat conference sponsor

Debomat in Belgium is a second generation family business that has been producing entrance mats for the past 30 years.  We are specialised in niche products suited to both the commercial and residential markets. Some of these products are: logo mats, entrance matting systems, aluminium matting, event carpets, carpet tiles etc. 


Promote your products and services

The conference organisation offers two promotion packages:

€ 300 promotion package

Publication of your corporate logo

  • on the conference website
  • on the welcoming slides
  • on/in all conference-related publications

€ 800 promotion package

Promotion stand
Publication of your corporate logo

  • on the conference website
  • on the welcoming slides
  • on/in all conference-related publications



The conference participants will visit the promotion stands during the coffee and lunch breaks

  • the stands may be installed on October 16, 2018 (morning)
  • table on demand

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference and in promoting your products and services to a dedicated international public, we kindly invite you to fill in the form below.

Please select the event you would like to sponsor. Thank you very much for your support.

B2B Meetings

Enterprise Europe Network Flanders invites you to participate in the matchmaking event during the second edition of this conference.

The matchmaking allows you to book one-on-one meetings with other delegates. Over the different sessions you can meet delegates to develop business relationships and find partners for your initiatives.

The B2B meetings are free of charge, however registration to the conference is required.

Why participate?

  • Meet new collaboration partners
  • Strengthen and diversify your global network
  • Share knowledge with peers
  • Determine who and when you meet

Conference language

The official language of the Conference is English.

Participation fees

Early bird discounts

Register before September 30 and enjoy an early bird discount of 10%

Basic registration fees:

entire conference: 400 euro
19/11/2019: 300 euro
20/11/2019: 200 euro
conference dinner: 60 euro

Reduced fees for:

Centexbel members and partner members, participants presenting a scientific poster and sponsors

entire conference: 360 euro
19/11/2019: 270 euro
20/11/2019: 180 euro
conference dinner: 60 euro

Conference speakers

entire conference: 200 euro
13/11/2018: 150 euro
14/11/2018: 100 euro
conference dinner: 60 euro

Centexbel member conference speakers

conference attendance: free of charge
conference dinner: 60 euro

The registration fee covers attendance of the conference sessions, the conference proceedings, coffee breaks and lunches. The conference dinner is not included and has to be ordered separately.

The jogging session on November 19th and the visits on November 20th are free of charge and are limited to conference participants.

VAT not included in prices. Payment upon reception of invoice.


Your subscription in only valid upon reception of our electronic confirmation. Afterwards you will receive an invoice for payment, including 21% VAT. The payment of the conference fee has to be made on receipt of invoice and via bank transfer. If on your demand any changes have to be made to the invoice after it has been sent, an administrative cost of 15 euro will be charged for the new invoice. Due to organisational reasons credit cards cannot be accepted. 

Cancellations and refunds:

Notification must be received by Centexbel in writing (email or fax) no later than 10 (ten) working days before the conference starts for refunds to be eligible. Cancellations received after this cut-off time will no longer be eligible for refund.

If a registrant is unable to attend the conference for any reason they may substitute someone else to attend in their place. In that case, please send us the name of your substitute.

Important: For payments received from outside Belgium by bank transfer, the refund will be made by bank transfer and all bank charges will be for the registrants account.

Training centre

Centexbel is an accredited training centre allowing Flemish SME’s to participated at reduced price. Accreditation number of Centexbel DV.O101549. 

I attend the conference on the following days
Please inform us of any allergy and food intolerance (luncheon)
I will join the early jogging session on November 19
I will attend the following visit on November 20
Transportation needs & offers to Liebaert Deinze
Thank you for indicating your transportation offers and needs. This will help us to organise this visit. 


sporthal vlaanderen venue

Topsporthal Vlaanderen

Zuiderlaan 14 - 9000 Gent

Public transportation

Railway station Gent Sint-Pieters:

  • Bus platform no. 7 (bus stop no. 204917): take the bus 41 or 43 and descend at ”Topsporthal Vlaanderen” (bus stop no. 201650): entrance of the  Sports and Recreational area the Blaarmeersen. 
  • Direct buses between Topsporthal Vlaanderen and Gent city centre: bus no. 38 or 39. 

Hotel bookings

The following hotels  offer special room availabilities to the attendees of the conference.

Please note, that you are supposed to make your own hotel reservations and that the suggestions below are not binding. 

During this period, the city of Ghent expects a lot of visitors from abroad. Please book early!

IBIS Ghent - Cathedral

Bookings before October 19, 2019

Price per room/night:

Single room: € 124 (breakfast and city tax included)
Double room: € 142 (breakfast and city tax included)

Booking at:

Ibis Gent Kathedraal
Sveinhildur Torfadottir

Booking code: Centexbel2019

Ghent Marriott Hotel

Booking before November 19, 2019

Price per room/night: 

Single: € 299 EUR (breakfast included)

Booking at: Ghent Marriott Hotel

Korenlei 10, 9000 Gent
Phone +32(0)9 269 77 36
Fax +32 (0) 9 233 93 94


Conference Secretariat

Ann De Grijse - Centexbel 
phone : +32 9 243 82 20