GRD Network





Making Belgium a better place for R&D since 1965


 The GRD Network was created in 1965 as the “Groupe Recherche-Développement de Louvain” in order to promote networking and collaboration in the field of public and private R&D. It is a not-for-profit initiative.

The GRD Network is a member-only club community gathering the managers of leading public and private organizations engaged in R&D activities in Belgium and Luxemburg. Its members meet once a month (except in the summer) to share their experience and discuss R&D-related issues and best practices during a half-day workshop. The workshops are hosted by the members (in turn) and include a networking lunch and a site visit. Membership is upon invitation only.

The objective of the GRD Network is to facilitate the networking and cooperation of large and medium size firms, universities and research centers and therefore improve  the effectiveness of public and private R&D initiatives in Belgium and Luxemburg.

Until 2014 the GRD was managed by Prof. Raymond Collard, who turned it into a major hub gathering both leading medium-size and large firms active in R&D and leading universities and research centers. Since September 2014 it is managed by the Louvain Innovation team under the supervision of Prof. B. Gailly from UCLouvain, with the support of the GRD Board.

Since Jan 1, 2015 the GRD has also received the support of the Belgium Industrial R&D (BiRD) association, whose members are now part of the GRD Network.


Dates and venues: The workshops are held on a monthly basis at a member’s premises (see programme below)
Language: Workshops are held in either English, French or Flemish 

GRD Workshops 2017

GRD Workshops 2018

GRD Workshops 2019

GRD Workshops 2020


GRD 50 ans

50th anniversary of the GRD network at WTCB-CSTC

Contact us

Prof. Benoit Gailly, Secretary General
Danica Bauer, Project Manager
Sven Vandeputte, GRD President

Member companies

3M CETIC Laborelec  
AB Inbev CMI Lhoist Soudobeam
AGC Coca-Cola Magotteaux Televic
Agoria Conseiller Challenge Marichal Ketin Thales Alenia Space
Air Liquide CRM Mastercard Tractebel
Alcatel-Lucent DEME NMC UCB Pharma
Allnex Derbigum-Imperbel NV Bekaert UCLouvain
Alstom Essenscia Ocas UGent
Arcelor Mittal ETEX P&G ULB
Atlas-Copco FCA Prayon ULG
AW Europe FN Herstal Promat Umicore
Baxter Greenwin Puratos UNamur
BEA GSK Vaccines Recticel Universiteit Antwerpen
  Hutchinson Safran Wagralim
Cargill KID-RHID Schréder  
Carmeuse KU Leuven Solvay  


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