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 community, gathering the managers of leading public and private organizations engaged in R&D activities in Belgium and Luxembourg. Its members meet once a month (except in the summer) to foster cross-industry innovations, share experience and best practices, and discuss R&D-related issues (such as digitalization, sustainability, talent management, R&D effectiveness...) during half-day workshops. 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 network workshops 2017

GRD network workshops 2018

GRD network workshops 2019

GRD network workshops 2020

GRD 50 ans
50th anniversary of the GRD network at WTCB-CSTC

Contact us

Prof. Benoit Gailly, Secretary General
Sven Vandeputte, GRD President



GRD member companies


3M Engie-Laborelec Ocas UNamur
AB Inbev Essenscia P&G Universiteit Antwerpen
AGC Etex Prayon VBO-FEB
Agoria Greenwin Puratos WTCB-CSTC
Air Liquide Groupe Herstal Recticel  
Alstom GSK Safran Aero Boosters  
Aisin Europe IBA SCK-CEN  
Baxter Janssen Pharmaceutica Schréder  
BEA Jema Sirris  
Cargill KHID-RHID Solvay  
Carmeuse KU Leuven Total  
Cenaero Lhoist Tractebel  
CMI Magotteaux UCLouvain  
Coca-Cola Marichal Ketin UGent  
CRM Mastercard UHasselt  
Dekimo Meam ULB  
Deme NMC ULG  
Derbigum-Imperbel Nokia Umicore  



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