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Prof. Koenraad DEBACKERE

Koenraad Debackere is professor of Technology and Innovation Management & Policy and has been with KU Leuven since 1995. He has degrees in engineering and business. He was a visiting doctoral student and Fulbright post-doctoral fellow at MIT Sloan School and obtained best paper awards from the TIM Division of the American Academy of Management, the Decision Sciences Institute and the International Association for the Management of Technology. In 2006, he was awarded the Prize for Scientific Excellence of the Belgian Entreprise Foundation (VBO). In 2007, he received an honorary professorship from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. He is the managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development and chairman of the KU Leuven seed fund, Gemma Frisius. He is co-founder and chairman of Leuven.Inc, the innovation network of Leuven high-tech entrepreneurs. Since 2005, he is the general manager of KU Leuven. In 2015, he was appointed chairman of EIT Health e.V. - a KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

His research focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, valorization and business creation within the KU Leuven, technology transfer activities, innovation in Flemish industries, social enterprise as force for more inclusive and innovative societies.



René Belderbos is a full professor of International Corporate Strategy at Maastricht University and a full professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy at KU Leuven University of Leuven. He has been consultant to the European Commission, the OECD, the Flemish Government, and the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (Japan).

His research focuses on innovation strategies and international business strategies of multinational firms. He has published widely in international journals both in the domains of economics and management. He is a board member of the Strategic Management Journal, the Global Strategy Journal and the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and serves as consulting editor to JIBS.



Dirk Czarnitzki is professor of Industrial Organization and Strategy at the Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation of the KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business. He is co-promoter of the Centre for Research & Development Monitoring  (ECOOM) at KU Leuven and a research associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW, Germany).

His research interests are mainly in the field of the economics of innovation with a focus on applied microeconometrics. The lines of research address topics such as the evaluation of public innovation policies, corporate governance and innovation, the valuation of intellectual assets, as well as knowledge and technology transfer. Recently he has become increasingly interested in topics of academic entrepreneurship as a particularly intriguing link between science and industry.


Prof. Wolfgang GLÄNZEL

Wolfgang Glänzel is full-time professor at the KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business and director of the Centre for Research and Development Monitoring (ECOOM), an interuniversity consortium between the KU Leuven and the Flemish Government. He is a senior scientist at the Institute for Research Organization of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest (on leave of absence since January 2002). He is visiting professor at the School of Business, Management and Economics of the University of Sussex (UK).

His main research topics are bibliometrics: quantitative analysis and mathematical models of the information processes in scientific research; mathematics: theory of probability distributions.


Prof. Bart LETEN

Bart Leten is associate professor of Innovation Management at the Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation of the KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business.

His research focuses on corporate innovation strategies, dealing with topics such as collaborative innovation, university-industry interactions, the composition of technology portfolios, R&D location choices, technology licensing and the strategic management of intellectual property.




Peter Teirlinck is professor in Innovation Management and Business Research Methods at the Department of Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship of the KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business, Campus Brussels. He is the programme director of the bachelor and master of science in business administration.

He is policy advisor in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation for the Belgian Science Policy Office. He has been involved in the evaluation of policy measures and programmess at OECD, EU, ESA, national and regional level.


Prof. Bart VAN LOOY

Bart Van Looy is professor of Innovation and Organization at the Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation of the KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business. He has a (part-time) research affiliation at the Institute of Governance Studies of the the University of Twente. In addition, he teaches in the MBA program of Flanders Business School (Antwerp) of which he is also the scientific coordinator. He is co-promotor of the Centre for Research and Development Monitoring (ECOOM). His responsibilities for ECOOM include the service and research activities pertaining to Technometrics/Patent Analysis and the research activities of INCENTIM, a research division of KU Leuven R&D, which conducts applied and basic research in the fields of innovation, technology and knowledge intensive entrepreneurship in close collaboration with among other Eurostat and DG Research of the European Commission.

His research is focused in the area of technology and innovation management (project/company level), the role of entrepreneurial universities in economic development, science-technology interactions in conjunction with technological development trajectories, and knowledge intensive ventures.


Prof. Reinhilde VEUGELERS

Reinhilde Veugelers is a full professor at KU Leuven in the Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation. She has been a senior fellow at Bruegel since 2009. She is also a CEPR research fellow and a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences. From 2004-2008, she was on academic leave, as advisor at the European Commission (BEPA Bureau of European Policy Analysis). She was the President-Elect of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE). She currently serves on the ERC Scientific Council. She is a member of the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts Group(RISE) of the European Commssion, high level group advising Commissioner Carlos Moedas.



After graduating in Industrial Psychology from the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2001, Julie Callaert began working as a researcher in the university's Department of Applied Economics. In this role, she participated in a European framework project on the identification of centres of scientific excellence. In 2009, Julie Callaert completed her PhD, for which she was awarded a grant from the Intercollegiate Centre for Management Science, Belgium. For her doctoral thesis, she examined the complexity of combining scientific and technology development activities within academic environments. She spent one year as a visiting PhD student at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where she studied mechanisms for combining the production and valorisation of academic research. She is currently working as a senior researcher at the Centre for Research and Development Monitoring (ECOOM), studying innovation, science and technology indicators with a focus on patent-related indicators and technometrics. In this role, she has also been involved in several European projects.


Dr. Bart THIJS

Bart Thijs is a research expert in bibliometrics at the KU Leuven. In 1999, he graduated at the same university in Psychology with a specialization in Statistics. He spent several years in industry as a statistical consultant, where he gained experience in the application of automated data analysis. In 2002, he joined the newly created policy research centre on R&D statistics at the KU Leuven. In 2009, he attained his PhD from Leiden University.He is currently a senior researcher at the Centre for Research and Development Monitoring (ECOOM). He is working on the mapping of science based on the application of hybrid techniques.



Dr. Machteld HOSKENS

Machteld Hoskens is a senior researcher in the Centre for Research and Development Monitoring (ECOOM) at KU Leuven, Belgium. Her research career began in the Department of Psychology at KU Leuven, where she attained her PhD in Psychology, and has taken her to the University of California at Berkeley, the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, and CTB/McGraw-Hill in Monterey, California, before returning to KU Leuven.

Her research interests are in survey research methods and quantitative methods in general. She coordinates the R&D and innovation surveys that are conducted by ECOOM and that are included in the official statistics for Flanders and Belgium.


Prof. Stijn Kelchtermans

Stijn Kelchtermans is Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the KU Leuven. He’s the chairman of the department of Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship on the Brussels campus.

His research deals with innovation strategies of firms, the drivers and performance effects of industry-science links as well as technology licensing in science-intensive industries like pharmaceuticals and ICT. In addition, he does research on science and innovation policy issues, primarily addressing the design and impact of funding schemes.




Local Management and Administration


Iris Rademaekers is head of the KU Leuven Conference and Events Office. The Conference and Events Office gives advice and provides support to university departments and other academic entities on the organization of scientific conferences. Also the office organizes all corporate events of the university, among which the opening of the academic year, the Student Welcome and the Patron Saint’s Day celebration. In this respect, the office can also be contacted for support and advice on university protocol for all official visits of distinguished national and international guests. Furthermore, the office is also responsible for the organization of activities and workshops concerning Science Communication at KU Leuven.




Dani Vandepoel is currently administrative and financial manager of the Centre of Research and Development Monitoring (ECOOM) and research coordinator of the Research Unit of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation.






Ms. Stefanie VERBEECK

Stefanie Verbeeck is event organizer at the Conference and Events Office of KU Leuven.









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