Flanders Make event

Symposium 2021 - Towards a sustainable, digital and competitive industry

Brabanthal Leuven
Symposium 2021 - Towards a sustainable, digital and competitive industry
€ 250.00/p.p

Event address

Brabantlaan 1
3001 Leuven

Extra remarks

Early bird tickets available until October 10. 

Welcome to our 2021 Symposium!

This year we will organise our annual symposium at the Brabanthal in Leuven on Tuesday 23 November 2021. During this inspiring day, local and international keynote speakers will present and discuss the technological trends that define the future of the industry. Also, speakers from Flanders Make will share their latest insights and companies with whom we collaborate will illustrate the impact of the joint research results.

With a combination of interesting keynotes, live demonstrations and networking opportunities, this is the place to be if you want to keep up with the evolutions in the industry. Exciting speakers such as Biba Visnjicki (Tembo Group), Stefaan Boterberg (Duracell), Karoline von Häfen (Festo), Wouter Denayer (IBM), Sarah van Haelst (Nike), Ank De Wilde (Absolem)  will share their story. On top of the bill, we will also welcome our Vice Minister-President and Flemish Minister for Innovation Hilde Crevits.

On our symposium you will meet business managers, CTOs and R&D-managers of large companies and SMEs.

In this way, we aim to inspire you to fully commit to technological innovation within your company in order to remain competitive in a challenging economy.

Covid safe ticket

On location, we will take all Covid-19 protection measures that are necessary to protect your safety. Also, due to the current regulations, we will have to work with mandatory Covid Safe Tickets. So please make sure to have a valid Covid Safe Ticket with you when arriving at the event. 

Our Symposium is...

Keynote presentations

Learn more about the keynotes and their presenters of the 2021 Symposium.

Top Technology Demonstrations

Discover here which technology we will demonstrate at the 2021 Symposium.

Networking - Symposium 2021


Meet business managers, CTOs and R&D-managers of companies big and small at the 2021 Symposium.


*The entire programme will be presented in English.


Welcome coffee & breakfast


Opening session: vision on a bright future for our industry
Dirk Torfs, CEO, Flanders Make


Digitalisation at scale: Vision on successful implementation of industry 4.0, focusing on technology and corporate culture
Biba Visnjicki, Global Head of Digitalisation, Tembo Group (the Netherlands)


Coffee break & demo visits


Artificial Intelligence based technologies that will boost your company’s efficiency
Andrei Bartic, Cluster Manager Decision & Control, Flanders Make

The future of human-robot collaboration
Dirk Lefeber, Professor Emeritus, Flanders Make@.VUB

Working together successfully with Flanders Make: 2 company cases

Introduction to the demonstrators resulting from Flanders Make’s latest research
Marc Engels, COO, Flanders Make

13.00 Lunch, demo visits & tours

Duracell: transformation into a model plant in Belgium in 5 years time
Stefaan Boterberg, Senior Vice President Global Operations, Duracell

Bionic - Learning bij nature
Karoline von Häfen, Head of Corporation Bionic Projects, Festo (Germany)

AI - a blessing or a curse?
Wouter Denayer, Innovation magician & founder of Briteflo, former CTO of IBM Belux

16.00 Coffee break & demo visits

How innovation plays a key role in Nike’s digital first supply chain at scale
Sarah van Haelst, Supply Chain Innovation Manager, Nike

Human centric approaches to drive innovation
Ank De Wilde, CEO and Cofounder, Absolem


Closing session

Vision of the Flemish government on the importance of technological research in innovation and the role of Flanders Make
Hilde Crevits, Vice Minister-President, Flemish Minister for Economy, Innovation, Work, Social Economy and Agriculture

Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman, Flanders Make


Toast to the Flanders Make innovation ecosystem!

Walking dinner & demo visits

Get your tickets here

€ 250.00/p.p

Brabanthal Leuven