VITO is accelerating the transition to a sustainable society through technological innovations. Ready to get involved in creating a new era? Then visit the Sustainability Pavilion at SuperNova! Dive into the first deep geothermal power plant in Flanders and discover how it transforms heat from the Earth's core into sustainable energy. Discover the sustainable successor of concrete and find out more about the air quality in your neighbourhood with CurieuzeNeuzen.

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When, where & who is it for?

27-28-29-30 September

Eilandje area in Antwerp (Belgium) (Thursday 10 to 18h/Friday 10 to 20h/ Saturday 10 to 20h/ Sunday 10 tot 18u)

The VITO Sustainability Pavilion is located in the Supernova Expedition near Felix Pakhuis.

Entrance is free!

For anyone interested in technological innovation for a more sustainable world

VITO Pavilion

VITO Sustainability Pavilion @Supernova Expedition

Curieuzeneuzen & air quality

20,000 people across Flanders have taken part in the citizen science project CurieuzeNeuzen to measure the air quality in their neighbourhood. Are you curious about the results in your street?

Deep geothermal energy

We are bringing deep geothermal energy to Flanders. We've recently drilled to a depth of 4 km in the Kempen area. The geothermal energy plant will supply heat and electricity to all VITO offices as of October 2018. What’s next? Bringing deep geothermal energy to every household in Flanders.

CO2 capture and reuse

CO2 has a negative impact on the climate. Luckily, it can be captured from the air and transformed into useful chemicals. They can be used as a sustainable source of energy. Come and find out how we do this.

Sustainable building materials

CO2 and steel slugs are a sustaible alternative to bricks. They can be recycled into a robust and hard building material: curbstone. Come and let your inner artist loose on our curbstone graffiti wall.

Earth observation

Did you know that satellite and drone images can lead to more efficient land use? VITO is helping farmers gain a better understanding of crop growth and development.

Retina camera

Did you the eye is a window to the heart and the brains? Using image analysis of the retina, we’re able to assess the risks of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, cardiac disease, diabetes, even Alzheimer’s. Come and have your retinal image taken.

Battery storage

We’ve developed the battery management system for the the first Belgian elekctric car’s battery. It can be charged in a conventional socket in 3 hours. Afterwards, they can be used for another 20 years as an electrical storage battery in the home.

Intelligent water management

With a wireless sensor network and self-learning software Flanders now has an intelligent and efficient water management system to better handle water risks such as flooding, periods of drought and water pollution.  

Towards Positive Energy Communities

To meet growing energy demands and put a stop to global climate change due to carbon dioxide emissions, a great many Positive Energy Communities will be needed. Neighbourhoods that generate, store, distribute and use their energy sustainably. Want to know what your neighbourhood or city will look like in a sustainable future? Come and find out!


Are you an experienced professional in R&D, Business Development or IT? Feel free to apply for one of our jobs.

Getting there

By public transport

By train: plan your journey

At the train station Antwerpen Centraal, take the exit to Pelikaanstraat. Take bus 17 (direction Rijnkaai), exit at Noorderplaats. Check De Lijn for current travel details to Rijnkaai.

Tram 7: Mortsel-Sint-Pietersvliet; exit at MAS

Bus 17: Wilrijk-Rijnkaai; exit at Rijnkaai

By plane

Brussels Airport  is 45 km from Antwerp, which is 35 minutes by train

Schiphol Airport  is 160 km from Antwerp, which is 120 minutes by intercity train, 60 minutes on the Thalys

Download the Expedition venue layout here

What else is going on at Supernova?

SuperNova features five tracks:

SuperNova conference: A paid two-day conference for professionals on 27 and 28 September where international speakers will take the stage
Tech fair: (Inter)national firms and knowledge institutions that set the main themes for tomorrow’s technological solutions and knowledge economy. They will present solutions involving the Internet of Things, smart wearables, smart materials, machine learning and artificial intelligence, blockchain, and digital marketing.
Investor Pitching: Fifty-five highly promising European technology scale-ups, co-selected by nine internationally recognised venture capital funds, will have the opportunity to convince niche investors of their credible ambitions to conquer the world.
SuperNova Expedition: This public event invites both young and old to experience ‘Tomorrow’s life’ today, thanks to interactive installations that will highlight the various aspects of our future in the realms of living, work, food, mobility, shopping, health, and entertainment. Visitors can experience how robots, cobots, and exoskeletons will change the workplace. How self-driving cars and boats will shape future mobility, etc.
TalentBuzz: A state-of-the-art talent matcher where ambitious jobseekers can apply for vacancies at more than a hundred and fifty innovative and game-changing companies who will be present at SuperNova.