2nd KU Leuven Seminar on Innovation, Research & Development

Friday December 7th, 2018


Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a center of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. In 2017, for the second year in a row, it tops Reuters ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities.

The KU Leuven, supported by its Alumni Chapter Japan and by the embassy of Belgium, is delighted to invite you to the

“Second Seminar on innovation, research & development “KU Leuven spin-offs in Japan”

This free seminar will focus on translating university research into commercial products and services and will highlight ‘spin-offs’ as successful technology & knowledge transfer mechanisms.

Programme  (All talks will be in English)

09.30 – 10.00     Welcome coffee
10.00 – 10.05     Welcome by  H.E. Gunther Sleeuwagen, Ambassador of Belgium
10.05 – 10.10     Opening address by KU Leuven Alumni Chapter Japan
10.10 – 10.40     Keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Luc Sels, Rector KU Leuven:

“Crossing the valley of death: how KU Leuven bridges the gap between university research and commercial products”

10.40 – 11.25     KU Leuven spin-offs in Japan

Over the years 124 spin-offs were established at KU Leuven. During this seminar three inspiring examples of KU Leuven spin-offs active in Japan will be presented:

•    Introduction to Siemens LMS Japan (Acoustic & Structural machine dynamics)
by Dr. Ir. Herman Van der Auweraer, Research Director and Principal Key Expert
•    Introduction to NIKON Metrology   (3D measurement)
by Dr. Ir. Jan De Geeter, Director Application Software
•    Introduction to Materialise Japan (3D printing)
by Mr. Jo Anseeuw, Managing Director

11.25 – 11.45    Support for Japanese companies
•    EU – Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation
•    Prime Minister’s Office Japan
Represented by Ms. Megumi Takayama, Unit Chief

11.45 – 11.50    Closing remark by KU Leuven Alumni Chapter Japan

11.50 – 13.00    Networking sandwich lunch offered by the Embassy of Belgium, with poster sessions and the opportunity to meet Rector Luc Sels and Prof. Dr. Peter Lievens, Vice Rector for International Policy, LERU and Alumni Policy

Date & time
Friday December 7th , 2018
9.30 – 13.00

Embassy of Belgium in Tokyo
Nibancho 5-4, Chiyoda-ku 102-0084, Tokyo

Due to the limited capacity of the venue we kindly request you to register via this link.
Registrations will be closed November 23th.
Please confirm our reply mail. Participation to the seminar is free of charge.