Flanders (VLEVA, VLAIO, EWI)

Flanders is represented at ERRIN jointly by VLEVA, VLAIO and EWI.

VLEVA (Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe) is a public-private partnership, consisting of 35 member organisations from Flemish civil society and local governments. Our mission is to open up European policy to Flemish governments and civil society. This way they can promote their European interests in a timely and informed manner. We create a platform for Flanders in Europe, and underline how important Europe is to Flanders.

Office address: Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussel

Contact person: Ute De Meyer 

Website: https://www.vleva.eu/en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VLEVA

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vleva

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vlevavzw

VLAIO (Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship) is a regional public research and innovation agency providing grants to Flanders-based companies and managing economic instruments supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in Flanders. VLAIO manages e.g. research, development, innovation and cluster programmes and vouchers, as well as implements knowledge cooperations among research organisations, start-ups and scale-ups. The agency acts as the National Contact Point in Horizon, is partner in Enterprise Europe Network and is the ERDF managing authority for the region.

Office address: Koning Albert II-laan 35 box 12, 1030 Brussels

Website: www.vlaio.be

EWI (Department of Economy, Science & Innovation) is administration for the cabinet of minister for Science and Innovation of the Flemish government. The department does the policy preparation, monitoring and evaluation of the Flanders’ scientific and innovation activities and related economic support programs and mechanisms. EWI does the policy coordination for building coherent innovation ecosystems and smart value chains. EWI staff are active as national/regional delegates in the EU programme committees of Horizon, in international organisations and research fora. EWI is also member of the Vanguard Initiative and connects with its interested R&I stakeholders to get engaged in smart interregional cooperations (projects, policy initiatives).

Office address: Koning Albert II-laan 35 box 10, 1030 Brussels

Contact person: Hilde Vermeulen

Website: https://www.ewi-vlaanderen.be/

S3 Strategy

Flanders’ smart specialisation strategy is centred around 10 priority investment domains that correspond and are being aligned in synergy with the four Flanders' Strategic Research Centres. These are IMEC (microelectronics and digitalisation), VITO (cleantech and energy), VIB (biotech and life sciences) and Flanders Make (advanced and smart manufacturing), as well as 6 Flanders Specialisation Clusters active in sustainable chemistry, agri-food, advanced materials, smart transport and logistics, smart energy, and blue economy. Flanders is active in the S3 partnerships bioeconomy, 3DP and agri-food as pilots for the interregional innovation investment fund 2021-2027 and in the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms such as personalised health, bioeconomy and batteries.

Latest Updates

  • By Frédéric Cabistan

Vlakwa Position Paper on the control of nutrients from diffuse sources in Flanders

Flemish surface waters contain too many nutrients. Vlakwa & partners developed a specific and effective filter system to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from drainwater. The results of the pilot studies and further recommendations are now made public through the newly presented policy paper.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

DT4REGIONS Award: Submit your solution for digital transformation - deadline extended!

The DT4REGIONS Award, an initiative of the Digital Transformation for Regions project in which ERRIN is a partner, is now open for submissions until 30 November. The call is open for AI or Big Data based, currently implemented solutions for digital transformation of public services. Selected winners will bring recognition to their initiatives across Europe.

  • By Jan Noelmans

Call 2 Interreg North Sea: Virtual control tower for smart city logistics - Pilot cities/regions

The Research Group Logistics of the University of Hasselt (UHasselt), with support from Smart Cities Vlaanderen, are looking for at least 3 North Sea city partners in 3 different countries to join as pilot cities in Interreg North Sea Call 2, along with logistics operators and companies/ institutes with knowledge or projects that can be complimentary to the project goals.

  • By Rodolphe Doité

DT4REGIONS Ideathon: AI potential in Preventive Health Care

In October 2022, ERRIN's DT4REGIONS project in cooperation with the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council will organise four ideathon workshops for Artificial Intelligence Potential in Preventive Healthcare. We are looking for new ideas how to use AI for preventive healthcare – awards are waiting for the best ones!

  • By Gianpiero Petruzziello

City of Vilvoorde (Belgium) is looking for international partners for LIFE-project

City of Vilvoorde (Belgium) is looking for international partners to implement a project answering call LIFE-2022-CET-ENERPOV – ‘Addressing building related interventions in vulnerable districts’

  • By Ewa Chomicz

DT4REGIONS Platform and Award launched

As of 1 July 2022, the first version of the DT4REGIONS Platform to enable the development of AI and Big Data solutions for regional and local public administrations will be officially released. At the same time, the DT4REGIONS Award for the best solution for digital transformation based on AI and Big Data currently in use by public administration in Europe will be launched.