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

The 2nd International Conference on “Innovations in Sports Materials” brings together a group of experts in sports materials, including researchers, designers, engineers, athletes, sports organisations, and authorities to address and discuss 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


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


Please note that the organizers reserve the right to adapt the program at any time. The most recent version will be available through the above link. 


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

Visits on November 19, 2019

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, (boarding) school facilities
  • start: November 19 at 2 pm

Option two: Liebaert - textile company in Deinze

  • quality fabrics, made in Belgium
  • start= November 19 at 2 pm
  • maximum visitors = 80

Morning run for or a healthy start of the conference day!

  • start on November 20 at 7.30 am
  • you can opt for a 5 km or a 10 km run
  • running track: recreation area "Blaarmeersen"
  • shower and breakfast : "Topsporthal"

Join the early morning running team and you might win a smart watch

All participants will be able to track their run by means of a Polar Vantage V smart watch. After the run, a lottery will decide which lucky participant will receive a Polar Vantage V as a gift and a souvenir of this event!


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. 



LUXILON was founded in 1959. The company is based near Antwerp and is a manufacturer of high-tech monofilaments for medical applications (sutures, mesh, Iud, etc.), industry (carpets, underwear, offshore, cables, etc.) and sports (tennis strings).
70% of the ATP top 100 such as Roger Federer, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gael Monfils, and David Goffin, and 55% of the WTA top 100 such as Serena Williams, Simona Halep, and Elise Mertens, are playing with LUXILON STRINGS.



Devan Chemicals is a worldwide developer of speciality chemicals for textiles, headquartered in Belgium and with offices in the UK, Portugal and the US. The company was founded in 1977 and has a strong focus on innovation, research & development and sustainability. Devan is a leading innovator in the fields of protection (flame retardants), performance (odour control & stain release), thermoregulation (PCM's and cooling technologies such as Moov&Cool), health & wellness (aromatherapy, R-Vital and allergen control) and fibres and yarns (functional masterbatch technologies).


clarysse bath & kitchen

Jules Clarysse NV, a Belgian family business established in 1953, is a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality bathroom and kitchen textiles. The company has a long history in both designing and producing its own fabrics. Because of its in-house production process, the company’s textiles are renowned for their ‘Made in Belgium’ label that stands for high quality, craftsmanship, innovation, and creativity. Today, looking back on 65 years of experience, Clarysse is a company with a punctual and trustworthy service at a competitive price.



Over 600 Olympic athletes from 14 countries rely on the Propeaq light glasses and our in-house developed Chrono Performance Management method to beat jetlag and perform at their best at any time and any place in the world. 

We are ready to help you pursuing your Olympic dream.


Promote your products and services

The conference organisation offers two promotion packages:

€ 200 Promotion Package

Publication of your corporate logo on

  • conference website

  • welcoming slides

  • all conference related publications

€ 550 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 20 (from 7.30 am onward)
  • 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

Basic fee: € 225

Reduced fee: € 200

Student fee: € 50

The registration fee covers attendance of the conference sessions, the conference proceedings, coffee breaks and lunches.

The visits on November 19 and the early morning run on November 20 are free of charge and exclusive to the conference participants.


Communicatieloft Gent


Sint-Denijslaan 489, 9000 Gent

Download itinerary

Please note that the exit on the R4 next to the Communicatieloft has been closed. Therefore download and follow the new driving directions above.

Hotel bookings


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

IBIS Ghent - Cathedral


Booking at Ibis Gent Kathedraal

Sveinhildur Torfadottir

Ghent Marriott Hotel


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


Maaren Van Waeyenberghe

Conference Secretariat

Ann De Grijse - Centexbel


phone: +32 9 243 82 20