Belgium has been a country of high learning and industrial aptitude since the Middle Ages. Today, this small nation is a European leader in research and development and renowned for its world-class universities such as KU Leuven and the University of Liège. The economic impact of the cooperation between the academia and the research and development industry is well-recognised and contributes to 2.5% of the national GDP; 2.9% of the regional GDP of Wallonia.

In this session, Professor Blondel will give an overview of the research and innovation landscape in Belgium, and the position of universities within it.

Mr Reuter, will explain the regional government’s policy over last 15 years; the Pole of Competitiveness system, and how it has changed the relationship between business and academia.

Welcome to Liège
Henric Rhedin, President, ASTP-Proton

Welcome from representatives of hosting sponsor, LIEU Network, Belgium
Introduction by Michel Morant, President of LIEU

The Research and Innovation Landscape in Belgium
Vincent Blondel, Rector, Catholic University of Louvain, President of the Conference of Rectors (CReF), Belgium
Vincent Reuter, Expert advisor to Walloon Government, former-CEO, Union of Walloon Enterprises, Belgium


Innovation: it’s not what it used to be
Prof. Fischer co-founded and co-directs the IMD programme on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT and authors a regular column for Forbes.com entitled “The Ideas Business,” (http://blogs.forbes.com/billfischer). In this session, we will learn how the industry boundaries are blurring, the traditional innovation funnel is becoming obsolete, and what the implications are for management, organisations and leadership.

Keynote speaker: William Fischer, Professor of Technology Management, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland