On 22 March 2006, exactly 10 years ago, the Minister of Science Policy announced in a press release the foundation of the Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence. The STCE would lift the Sun-Space-Earth research to a higher level by uniting experts in the field. And the STCE would become an effective service centre for the government, citizens and industries vulnerable for the impact of the physical processes triggered by solar activity. Ten years later, the STCE has indeed a leading role in this very specific knowledge-based economy, space technology and services. The STCE continues therefore to invest in people and national & international collaborations.