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. 

During the second International Conference on INNOVATIONS IN SPORTS MATERIALS, researchers, sports material and technical designers, athletes, sports organisations, sports material engineers, and authorities will address 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.


Organisation team

Centexbel in collaboration with Sport. Vlaanderen


Fedustria square

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

Fedustra is the merger federation of the former Febeltex and Febelhout and represents companies from the Belgian textile, wood and furniture industries. 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



In addition the the official programme, we also offer several free of charge events exclusive to our esteemed conference participants.

Morning run = healthy start of the 2nd conference day!

  • start on November 20 at 7.30 am: meeting point conference reception desk
  • you can opt for a 5 km or a 10 km run, both guided by a professional coach
  • running track: recreation area "Blaarmeersen"
  • shower and breakfast : "Topsporthal"


We organize 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, (boardin) school facilities
  • at walking distance
  • meeting point: conference reception hall
  • start: November 20 at 2 pm

Option two: Liebaert - textile company in Deinze

  • quality fabrics, made in Belgium
  • transportation to Deinze - carpool system
  • meeting point: parking Topsport hall
  • start= November 20 at 2 pm
  • maximum visitors = 80

Scientific Poster Show & Award 2019

Scientific Poster Award 2019

  • The scientific poster show is an important part of the event and will be accessible during all coffee and lunch breaks
  • Before the lunch break on the first day, 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 winner of the Scientific Poster Award 2019 will be announced during the closing remarks
  • The poster abstracts will be published on the conference website and put in the picture


  • People presenting a scientific poster may participate at a special fee
  • The poster shall exclusively address new developments with a link to the research behind it; commercial posters are not allowed
  • The poster abstract will be evaluated on its scientific applicability and relevance for the textile industry and sports sector
  • All posters will be drafted in English
  • Maximum dimensions: ± 80 x 120 cm (± A0) - vertical
  • Please save as "Abstract_Poster2019_company name_initials author"
  • The conference participants will receive an access code to download the abstracts from the conference website
  • You may also introduce an additional full paper that will be made accessible on the same website location
  • Please save as "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 must be removed at the end of the conference. Posters remaining on site will be discarded.

Further details will be forwarded directly to the Poster Award Participants

Download template


  • A clear and concise poster can be read in less than 10 minutes
  • Less is more: be selective in your choice of titles, text, images, charts and graphs
  • Use large type fonts


  • Submission of Scientific poster ABSTRACT: October 1, 2019
  • Confirmation of acceptance: October 10, 2019
  • Submission of poster at conference: November 19-20, 2019


We would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the 2nd International Conference on Innovations in Sports Materials:

rudolf group logo

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

Over 1 300 employees worldwide are developing innovative products for many different inustries.


Debomat conference sponsor

Debomat in Belgium is a 2nd generation family business and has been producing entrance mats over the past 30 years. They are also specialized in niche products for both the commercial and residential markets, including logo mats, entrance matting systems, aluminium matting, event carpets and carpet tiles.


Cover flooring sommer

Internationally recognized for its quality and professionalism, Sommer Needlepunch, founded in 1880, is the European leader in textile floor covering for events. Sommer is active in 3 sectors:

  1. events - carpet on roll or tiles for all kinds of events
  2. garden - artificial grass for terraces, stands and stores
  3. home - residential carpets for your comfort


Bekaertdeslee Close to you

Change and continuous improvement are in the DNA of our company. We design new products that make you stand out. We develop technologies that make a difference for the consumer. We explore new ways to connect and communicate. We engineer for world class manufacturing. We foster cultural diversity and stimulate our people in all continents to be creative and to embrace change. We celebrate the power of together and bring relevant innovation, close to you.


Logo Liebaert

Since 1887, Liebaert's mission has always been the same: creating bespoke elastic fabrics for high- end customers in all four corners of the world. 
Our vision, which puts creativity and innovation at the forefront in the manufacture of premium quality textiles, has earned us a high-ranking spot at the very top of the European textile industry.
Our sheer endless array of fabrics allows us to offer solutions suited to just about any sector such as intimates, medical, sportswear and technical textiles. We cover the whole spectre from ultra-lightweight fabrics to knits which will provide heavy compression. 
Today, Liebaert remains a family-run business and is currently run by the 4th and 5th generation. All of our products are produced in our headquarters in the city of Deinze. 


Logo Sleepangel

Where the Air is Pure.
We study your biomedical, recovery and lifestyle needs and innovate filter based solutions.
SleepAngel is dedicated to the design and manufacture of healthier sleep products that provide pure comfort and protection for everyone, everywhere we sleep.
SleepAngel is our range of pillows, mattresses and more that has our patented PneumaPure filter, proven to purify the air in our intimate environment – where we put our head, where we breathe as we rest and sleep. PneumaPure filtration is clinically and scientifically proven to prevent bugs, allergens and microbes from getting  into or out of your sleep product. In fact, the only thing that can do that is “pure air”. The award winning PneumaPure filter technology was originally designed to provide a pure patient environment in a clinical setting and then we applied to rest and recovery products for elite athletes. 


double logo

Doubdle O7 is the healthy alternative. Because Doubdle O7 doesn't contain any added sugars, preservatives or colorants, you only get what you really need. The ingredients of Double O7 include fruit juices, vitamins, minerals and trace elements as well as natural plant extracts, helping you to recover much faster from your sportive exercises. 


Promote your products and services

The conference organisation offers two promotion packages:

€ 300 Promotion Package

Publication of your corporate logo on

  • conference website

  • welcoming slides

  • all conference related publications

€ 800 Promotion Package

Promotion stand

Publication of your corporate logo on

  • conference website

  • welcoming slides

  • all conference related publications



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

  • Installation November 19 (before 9.30)
  • Table available on demand

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference and in promoting your products and services, please 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 conference by facilitating one-to-one meeting opportunities with other delegates. Over the different sessions you will be able to develop business relationships and find partners.

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


  • meet new partners
  • strengthen and diversify your global network
  • share knowledge with peers
  • determine who and when to meet

Conference language

The official language (spoken and written) is English.

Participation fees

Early bird discounts

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

Basic fees

entire conference € 400
November 19: € 300
November 20: € 200
Conference dinner: € 60

Reduced fees

entire conference € 360
November 19: € 270
November 20: € 180
Conference dinner: € 60

Conference speaker fees

entire conference € 200
November 19: € 150
November 20: € 100
Conference dinner: € 60

Centexbel member conference speakers

Conference attendance: free of charge
Conference dinner: € 60

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 early morning run and visits on November 20 are free of charge and exclusive to the conference participants.

Special fees for groups of six people and more

entire conference € 320
November 19: € 240
November 20: € 160
Conference dinner: € 60

Please contact Ann De Grijse


Your subscription is 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 fee of € 15 will be charged to cover the costs. Due to organisational reasons, credit cards cannot be accepted.

Cancellations and refunds

Notification must be given to 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, he/she 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, all bank charges will be for the registrant's account.

Training centre

Centexbel is an accredited training centre, allowing Flemish SMEs to participate at reduced prices. Accredition number of Centexbel: DV.O101549

My company/organisation is a member of
I attend the conference on the following days
I wil attend the morning run on November 20
I will attend the conference dinner on the evening of November 19
Please inform us of any allergy and food intolerance (luncheon)
I will attend the following visit on November 20
Please note that the number of visitors for Liebaert Deinze is limited to 80 persons.
Transportation needs & offers to Liebaert Deinze
Thank you for indicating your transportation offers and needs. This will help us to organise this visit. 
Please add any information you would like to share to process your registration in the most effective way. E.g. your Sport Vlaanderen code


sporthal vlaanderen venue

Topsporthal Vlaanderen

Zuiderlaan 14 - 9000 Gent

Public transportation

Railway station Gent Sint-Pieters

Bus platform no. 7 (bus stop n0. 204917): take bus 41 of 43 and descend at "Topsporthal Vlaanderen" - bus stop no. 201650): entrance Sports and Recreation area "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 conference attendees.

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

IBIS Ghent - Cathedral

Bookings before October 19, 2019

Price per room/night

  • single room: € 124 
  • double room: € 142

Breakfast included
Extra city tax: € 3 per night per person

Booking at Ibis Gent Kathedraal

Sveinhildur Torfadottir

Booking code: CENTEXBEL 2019

Ghent Marriott Hotel

Price per room per night

Single room: € 299 

Breakfast included
Supplement of € 20 for double occupancy
Extra city tax: € 3 per night per person

Please note

Special rates are valid until October 5.

In case of late cancellation or non arrival, the first night will be invoiced.

Booking at Ghent Marriott Hotel

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


Booking link

Conference Secretariat

Ann De Grijse - Centexbel


phone: +32 9 243 82 20