New report shows state of science and innovation in Flanders

The seventh edition of the Science, Technology and Innovation in Flanders report was released on Friday, describing the region's research and innovation landscape. It provides an overview of the most important actors in the field of research, development and technology.

The publication is intended to inform the international community about accomplishments in Flanders while developing the region's strengths. The latest edition shows that the Flemish research and innovation ecosystem is part of a strong European and international network.

For example, Flanders' universities, colleges, strategic research centres, scientific institutions and innovative companies receive approximately 300 million euros a year from European subsidy programmes.

The publication of the report coincides with the start of the Belgian EU presidency, and the Flemish government hopes the next six months will offer opportunities to show Europe where Flanders is positioned in the field of science and innovation.

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"My government has set itself the ambition to become one of the top five innovative knowledge regions in Europe," minister president Jan Jambon says in the report.

In a foreword by Johan Hanssens, secretary general of the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation, he reports that the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2023 ranked Flanders in the top group of "innovation leader", at 27th position in the list of EU regions.

The publication covers Flanders' role in topics such as government actors, research organisations, international activities, business, innovation efforts and more.

As with previous editions, two versions are available: a concise brochure with an overview and a more detailed version containing policy and key figures. Both can be downloaded via the EWI website.



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