January 31st 2017 - Start event of the “Innovatieve Coatings Cluster”, an initiative of CoRI, Sirris and Centexbel, 3 research centres with sector specific expertise in coating techniques.

Keynote speaker, the first Belgian astronaut, Vicomte Dirk Frimout, will testify on his experience-based needs of innovative material coatings

16.00 Welcome

16.15 Welcoming speech by the president

16.30 Flanders innovation & Entrepreneurship, Marc Meeus

16.45 Cluster Innovative Coatings

17.00 Human Life in SPACE – Need for Innovation, Vicomte Dirk Frimout

A passionate talk about his personal experience as the first Belgian astronaut and about today’s projects for human expedition in space, particularly a mission to the planet Mars. Discover the challenges and unmet needs in this high tech world, where innovation, and in particular innovative coatings, could help revolutionise a future life beyond our planet Earth.

18.30 Networking drink

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