This year’s 21 July celebrations in Brussels took on extra dimensions with the abdication of H.M. King Albert II following a 20-year reign and the swearing in of his son Philippe as seventh King of the Belgians.
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.