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Annual Network Presidents’ Dinner

An invitation-only event for institutional leaders of the 75+ members of the S|B Network (18:00-21:30 CET)

Blue skies ahead? Strengthening the value chain between fundamental science and industrial R&D

In recent years, political awareness has grown of the role of basic research in providing knowledge foundations that may allow us to more effectively tackle the future challenges that the planet will inevitably face. The COVID crisis equally demonstrated the vital importance of a high-functioning innovation value chain, where companies and leading scientific organisations are able to work in close proximity and trusted spaces to accelerate the translation of fundamental research to market-ready solutions. The central question, therefore, is what Europe and other key R&D countries can do to make this modus operandi the norm in R&I strategy and policy in the years ahead.


18:00     Registration & networking drinks

18:45     Welcome & opening remarks 

18:50     Panel discussion

19:30     Transition to networking dinner

21:30     Closing remarks & end of proceedings

Antoine Petit
President & Chief Executive Officer, CNRS
Marko Erman
Senior Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer, Thales Group
Maud Cohen
President, Polytechnique Montréal
Salah-Dine Chibout
Head, Public Private Partnerships, Novartis
Practical Information
Practical Information

The dinner will take place at BELvue Museum, Place des Palais 7, 1000 Brussels.

How to reach the venue:

  • Train: Brussels-Central
  • Metro: Parc, Trône, Porte de Namur, Central Station
  • Tram: 92, 93
  • Bus: 27, 38, 71, 95
  • Parking: Rue des Sols (Albertine), Place du Trône, Rue Ducale