2nd KU Leuven Seminar on innovation, research & development

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Tags: Belgium | Innovation

    07/12/2018 - 09:30
    Japan, Tokyo
    07/12/2018 - 13:00
    KU Leuven, KU Leuven Alumni Chapter Japan, Embassy of Belgium

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 2018, for the third year in a row, KU Leuven tops the 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 (formerly 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 (TBC)

•    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


More information and registration here

    Embassy of Belgium