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University spin-offs create economic value from cutting-edge research

Universities have three basic missions. They educate, they carry out research, and they turn knowledge into economic value. An important part of that third mission is the creation of new companies, known as spin-offs. Figures collected up to the end of 2016 show that 286 spin-offs had been created...

Carnival in Brussels: Six local parades you should see

Belgium has robust, living folklore traditions, with more than 120 towns holding carnival festivities. The most famous are Aalst (since the 13th century), Binche (since 14th century) and Malmedy (15th century). But Brussels is the exception. It is one of the only Belgian towns that had no carnival...

Ixelles most expensive place to buy a house in Belgium

Median house and apartment prices over the last five years show that Brussels is the most expensive of Belgium’s three regions in which to buy a home, with Ixelles the most dear municipality. The figures have just been released by Fednot, the national federation of notaries. While Sint-Martens-...

Ultramarathon winner runs 209 kilometres in 24 hours

A dinda Vetsuypens of Kruisem, East Flanders, has won the Belgian Ultramarathon Championships. The 37-year-old ran nearly 209 kilometres in 24 hours. Ultramarathon is a name given to any running event that is longer than a traditional marathon (42.2km). In Belgium’s Ultramarathon, runners keep...

Street artists sought to decorate Brussels tram tunnels

Brussels Mobility has launched a public appeal for street artists to decorate two tram tunnel entrances at Simonis station. The new artworks will appear along the walls of tram lines 9 and 19, when they emerge from underground to rejoin street level. One entrance is on Avenue de Jette in Koekelberg...

Born on 15 April 1960? You're invited to king's birthday party

Belgium's King Philippe is inviting 100 members of the public to his birthday bash. But there's one condition: you have to share his birth date. Any Belgian citizen born on 15 April 1960 can register by email to attend a special 60th birthday ceremony at the royal residence in Laeken. It will be a...

Jewish community again appalled at Aalst Carnival parodies

Jewish organisations in Belgium have sharply criticised the Aalst Carnival for continuing to include extreme stereotypes of Jewish men in its parade, which took place on Sunday afternoon. Flanders’s biggest carnival parade, known for its political caricatures and send-up of current events, became a...

Greta Thunberg to join 6 March 'climate strike' in Brussels

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will be back in Brussels on 6 March to take part in a European climate strike. The march has been organised by Youth for Climate and will start at 14.00 outside Central Station. Thunberg will be present alongside representatives from several European climate...

Brussels police granted access to Stib's CCTV cameras

Brussels' six local police divisions will soon be able to consult the Stib's network of CCTV cameras in real-time - after years campaigning for access to the footage. From June, all of the Brussels public transport operator's cameras will be viewable by local police in order to better carry out...

Radio-controlled life preserver tested for rescues on Flemish coast

A self-propelled life preserver is being test in Flanders off the coast of Zeebrugge. The Department of Defence and the government of Flanders are testing the radio-controlled device with the idea of using it to assist swimmers who are in trouble in the North Sea. The life preserver, larger and...

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