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Belgo-British Conference tackles Creation and Business across the Channel

Professor Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Adviser to the British Foreign Secretary and Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders opened the 15th Belgo-British Conference in Brussels.

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On 20 November 2014, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders and Professor Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Adviser to the British Foreign Secetary, opened the 15th Belgo-British Conference at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. The two-day event brings together high-profile speakers including academics, business people and policy-makers, from the UK and Belgium who will talk about university-driven hi-tech innovation and business growth.

Professor Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Adviser said:

Collaboration is key to creating the knowledge-rich environment that businesses and academics need to drive the next generation of technology. Today’s Conference is a great platform where ideas, opinions and best practices can be aired, offering great insights into how Belgian and British academic institutions and businesses can continue to innovate together.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Didier Reynders said:

The Conference this year will look at how creativity and innovation can be used for a better future. The role innovative technologies play in sustainable development and in our economy should be permanently stressed.

This annual Conference between Belgium and the UK aims to enrich both countries’ mutual interests in areas as varied as politics, economy, culture, media or academia.

High-profile speakers include Professor of the Technology and Innovation Management, Koenraad Debackere of the Catholic University of Leuven and Professor Stephen Caddick, Vice-Provost of Enterprise at University College London.

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Published 20 November 2014