On 25 June, some 30 Belgian academics based at various universities in the UK gathered at the Residence of the Belgian Ambassador in London for the fourth time since the launch of this initiative in academic diplomacy in 2010.
Four years ago, Geert Allaert, CEO of Music Hall Entertainment Group Belgium, decided to create the arena spectacular ‘Peter Pan, the Never Ending Story’. At that time, he had no idea that eventually he would be promoting this incredible live adventure across 15 major European cities.
Professor Koen Lamberts is a cognitive psychologist with an extensive track record in experimental and theoretical research on human perception and memory. He is currently deputy vice-chancellor and provost of Warwick University. In January 2014, he will take up the post of new vice-chancellor at the University of York.
In future, handmade products from Belgium are to receive a new ‘HIB – Handmade in Belgium’ label in recognition of a craftsman’s original products. On 4th April, the Belgian organisation for the self-employed ‘Unizo’, awarded the first five labels.
Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since 2010, will be awarded the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research, the Government of Japan has just announced. Professor Piot will formally receive the award from the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, on 1 June, the opening day of the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V).
During the 13th National Dance Awards ceremony on 28th January 2013 at The Place in London, the ‘Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company’ went to Royal Ballet Flanders. The prize was accepted by two principal dancers of the company, Aki Saito and Wim Vanlessen, who had appeared in William Forsythe’s Artifact at Sadler’s Wells last summer.
Umicore was declared the most sustainable company in the world during the recent World Economic Forum in Davos. The Canadian independent media and investment research company Corporate Knights put the Belgian business at the top of their latest Global 100 ranking, nabbing the gold from Brazilian cosmetics company Natura and the Norwegian oil company Statoil. Umicore specialises in recycling technology and manufactures catalysts for cars which reduce pollution. It also recycles materials like gold, copper, nickel and rare metals such as palladium from used car batteries and printing plates.