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Flanders’ world-class research centers and scientific institutes

Apart from four leading strategic research centers, Flanders also has many R&D platforms and scientific institutes. Easily accessible for business collaboration, many of these organizations are located at the heart of their respective industry clusters in or around prominent cities such as: Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Hasselt and Bruges.

4 leading strategic research centers in Flanders

Knowledge attracts growth, and growth boosts knowledge. Find out how your business will benefit from the close proximity of top-notch strategic research centers (strategische onderzoekscentra or SOCs) in Flanders.

4 leading strategic research centers in Flanders

Imec: for nanoelectronics and digital technology

Imec is a unique, world-class research center in the field of nanoelectronics, and boasts high expertise in software and ICT. It uses this knowledge to develop disruptive technologies and solutions in application areas such as health, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

In February 2016, imec joined forces with digital innovation research center iMinds.

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VIB: breakthroughs in life sciences and biotech

As a leading reference in biotechnology, VIB works closely with Flanders’ universities and is known worldwide for its breakthroughs in life sciences research.

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VITO: the world’s largest multidisciplinary research center

Energy, materials and environmental and terrestrial observation are VITO’s areas of expertise. This research institute is dedicated to developing technological solutions to real industry problems and providing expert advice.

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Flanders Make: transforming the world of manufacturing

One of the world’s key manufacturing research organizations and expert in production technology, Flanders Make aims to transform manufacturing in four specific technology domains.

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Numerous institutes in science and technology

In addition to the universities, businesses, research centers, hospitals and R&D platforms in Flanders, a wide variety of diverse scientific institutes are headquartered in the region. These include:

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