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
Danica Bauer, Project Manager
Sven Vandeputte, GRD President



GRD member companies


3M CETIC Laborelec  
AB Inbev CMI Lhoist
AGC Coca-Cola Magotteaux  
Agoria   Marichal Ketin  
Air Liquide CRM



Alcatel-Lucent DEME NMC UCB Pharma
Allnex Derbigum-Imperbel   UCLouvain
Alstom Essenscia Ocas UGent
Atlas-Copco FCA Prayon ULG
AISIN AW FN Herstal   Umicore
Baxter Greenwin Puratos UNamur
BEA GSK Vaccines Recticel Universiteit Antwerpen
  Hutchinson Safran Aero Boosters VBO/FEB
Cargill J&J Schréder  
Carmeuse KID-RHID Sirris  
  KU Leuven Solvay  



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