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    The network of Industrial Companies
    with Large R&D Operations in Belgium

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    Bringing Great Minds together
    in the Heart of Europe

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    Join and Share Best
    Practices in R&D

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    Discover the fascinating World
    of R&D and Shape the Future

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    BIR&D welcomes You to the
    PhD Award 2017 on May 10th 2017

About BiR&D

BiR&D is the association of international industrial companies having major R&D operations in Belgium. Its mission is to stimulate and improve both the attractiveness and the effectiveness of R&D execution.

The effective members of BiR&D’s are the innovation managers of the companies carrying with them a long experience in managing R&D in an industrial world. Becoming a member of BiR&D opens up a world of new insights and opportunities to challenge and improve your own R&D operations.

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Upcoming event

10 years BiR&D – connecting the dots


Palace of the Academies, Brussels (only on personal invitation)   BiR&D celebrates its 10th anniversary on March 20th 2018. The ceremony,  in the presence of His Majesty the King, takes place in the Palace of the Academies, Brussels. During an academic …

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Latest news

11 May

PhD Awards 2017 – the winners are Jiaqi Li and Ivo Stassen

The winners of the PhD awards 2017 are known. Health and Life Sciences: Jiaqi Li, KU Leuven/Imec, for his thesis on “Engineered Plamsonic and All-Dielectric Nanostructures for Improved Optical Biomolecular Sensing” Science and Technology: Ivo Stassen, KU Leuven, for his …

27 Feb

DEME certified as Belgian Top Employer 2016

From the website of Deme : http://www.deme-group.com/nl/dec/news/deme-certified-belgian-top-employer-2016 ZWIJNDRECHT – For the 9th consecutive year, DEME has been officially certified by the Top Employers Institute for its exceptional employee offerings. The annual, international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognises …


"What attracted me most at BiR&D is the possibility to network and share best practices with peers from the industry - just perfect to be able to do that !!"

Bart Wallaeys

"I started working for BiR&D in 2016 and discovered the amazing world of industrial R&D. BiR&D members represent near to 10.000 researchers in Belgium, who contribute resolving the challenges that our planet and people are facing. Together with universities and research centres, the Belgian R&D ecosystem is anticipating tomorrow!"

Edith Coune

"BiR&D is implementing its vision and mission through the stimulation of an intense cooperation between its members and the Belgian R&D ecosystem. Continuous generation of new projects between BiR&D members as well as projects between BiR&D members and academia, research centers, SMEs and start-ups are a key activity. Exchange of best practices in the R&D domain is realized through a serious of topic oriented seminars in close cooperation with GRD."

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