ULiège, via its Business-University Interface, is invested in the regional economic development tied to innovation. In this respect, science parks are privileged places where interact technology companies, research centres and operators of innovation support services.

 

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he Interface is particularly involved in the development of the activities of the LIEGE science park and of the Novalis science park (in the province of Belgian Luxembourg). The LIEGE Science Park and Novalis Science Park meet the criteria of the Quality Charter of Walloon Science Parks (SPoW - Science Park of Wallonia):

  • Actors: a concentration of at least 80% of technology players on the park;
  • Services: an offer of quality services to support the innovative projects and promote exchanges;
  • Infrastructures: an offer of technological infrastructures adapted to the needs of the hosted actors.

The role of the Interface in fostering the creation of innovative activities in these parks is:

  • The selection of candidate companies to set up in the park;
  • The stimulation of business-research exchanges;
  • Access to the skills and equipment of the University research;
  • The creation of spin-off companies stemming from academic research.

For each of these parks, the Interface works in close collaboration with the local economic development agency:

  • SPI+ for the LIEGE science park
  • Idelux for Novalis science park

LIEGE Science Park

Major areas

  • Biotechnology and health;
  • Aeronautics and space sector;
  • Materials;
  • Engineering.

Proximity

  • University of Liège and applied research centres;
  • University Hospital Centre (CHU);
  • Wooded area, near the centre of Liège;
  • Euregio Meuse-Rhin (Liège, Maastricht, Aachen, Hasselt).

Key Figures

  • 102 ha;
  • 84 companies;
  • 24 spin-offs;
  • 2972 jobs;
  • 3 specialised incubators (WSL, WBC, The Labs);
  • 1 university hospital;
  • 1 complete university (ULiège) and non-academic research centres (SIRRIS, CEWAC, PIMW, CEBEDEAU).

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The meeting opportunities of the LIEGE science park

The interface takes action to create a real dynamic of exchanges between the actors of the Science Park, so that businesses and researchers know each other, meet and ultimately work together, thus stimulating the emergence of innovative projects.

Recurring business-research meetings organised by the Interface

  • LIEGE CREATIVE
  • The Point of the Liège science park
  • Geek Anonymes
  • The jog of the LIEGE science park
  • The Cocktail of the LIEGE science park

Furthermore, the Interface is at the origin of the creation of the Company Committee of the LIEGE science park and coordinates it. Reinforcing synergies between companies and creating a genuine feeling of belonging at the science park: this dynamic is conducive to the implementation of common projects.

Company Committee working groups of the LIEGE science park

Meetings, on the initiative of the companies of the park

  • The HR discussion tables of the Liège science park
  • “Les midis" of the Liège science park
  • The mobility challenge of the LIEGE science park

The member companies of the Company Committee of the LIEGE science park

 

LIEGE CREATIVE Forum

Created in 2011, the LIEGE CREATIVE Forum offers a permanent programme of conferences-meetings bringing together the research, business and cultural sectors in order to stimulate creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Liège region.

Initiated by an important consortium of Liège forces, grouped around the University of Liège and coordinated by its Business-University Interface, the Forum relies on the decompartmentalisation and complementarity of skills as sources of creativity to stimulate innovative projects.

LIEGE CREATIVE agenda

The Point of the Liège science park

The Interface proposes every last Friday of the month, on its premises, a breakfast conference intended for innovative companies, dealing with issues specific to their business. The forum is offered to advisors of support services in innovation, whether private or public. These encounters aim to facilitate company access to these services.

The GEEKS ANONYMES

The Geeks Anonymes meetings regularly bring together the actors of the research and business communities involved in software development. Through expert testimony, these encounters are the opportunity to discover new technologies, new practices, or simply to broaden your knowledge in software and ICT.

LE JOGGING DU LIEGE science park

The Interface organises, each first Friday of June around noon, a jog-walk for the benefit of the ELA association and the fight against leukodystrophies (orphan diseases). This event brings together more than 1,200 participants from the research and business worlds. It has become the annual friendly get-together of members of the LIEGE science park community.

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LE COCKTAIL DU LIEGE science park

The Interface organises, each year, the Cocktail of the LIEGE science park. It is reserved for the decision-makers from companies, the university, and innovation partners.

THE HR DISCUSSION TABLES OF THE LIEGE science park

The Company Committee of the LIEGE science park organises, every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., meetings intended for human resource managers. Organised rotationally in a company of the park, they aim for the exchange of good practices, the sharing of experiences, and the establishment of common solutions.

LES MIDIS DU LIEGE ("Liège noons") science park

The Company Committee of the LIEGE science park proposes, each 2nd Thursday of the month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., meetings to better get to know one's neighbours. Organised rotationally in a company of the park, they propose the forum to 3 companies, which present their activities. They are followed by an informal exchange around a sandwich

NOVALIS SCIENCE PARK

Major areas

  • Environmental and animal health, in support of and in parallel to the development of human health
    • Red biotechnology: immunology and cell therapy
    • In vivo and in vitro diagnosis: Imaging and pre-clinical testing
    • White biotechnology, green chemistry and environmental techniques
  • TIC (Technologies in Information and Communication)

Operational partners

  • CER Group, certified research centre;
  • University of Liège;
  • Idelux;
  • WBC;
  • Wisetree.

The Interface is a member of the Novalis Operational Core, in charge of coordinating the development of the Science Park.

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Forum LUXEMBOURG CREATIVE

In April 2014, on the initiative of the Interface, supported by the Province of Luxembourg, Idelux and the CCILB, a new Forum was created: LUXEMBOURG CREATIVE. After a successful pilot season in the spring, LUXEMBOURG CREATIVE was launched in September 2014 while focusing on local partners.

The LUXEMBOURG CREATIVE meetings-conferences take place in 3 cities, mainly:  Arlon, Libramont, and Marche-en-Famenne. On the request of its participants and partners, the Forum also regularly organises meetings in other locations of the province and its surrounding area.

Topics covered are in line with the socio-economic activities in the region: agri-food, culture and tourism, timber, habitat and construction, the social economy, or even biotech.

LUXEMBOURG CREATIVE establishes the presence of the University in the south of Belgium and contributes to stimulating an ecosystem favourable to innovation, which brings together researchers, entrepreneurs and public actors.

Agenda of LUXEMBOURG CREATIVE

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