Since the start of the federalization process, Flanders has merged its Community and Regional competencies. Hence there is only one Flemish Parliament, one Government, and one administration dealing with all aspects related to science and technological innovation.
More precisely, Flanders has complete autonomy for the fundamental research in its six universities, the research carried out in other higher education institutes, basic technological and industrial research, diffusion and transfer of technologies and all technological innovation conducted in Flanders. This includes raising the public’s awareness for science and innovation. It also encompasses the responsibility over the different regional science institutes and regional research institutes.
The Science and Innovation administration (EWI) is responsible for the preparation, follow-up and evaluation of the Flemish science and innovation policy. IWT-Vlaanderen is an autonomous government agency that supports and stimulates industrial research and technology transfer in Flemish industry as “one-stop-shop”. The Flemish Science Policy Council (VRWB) is the advisory body for both the Flemish Government and the Parliament.
IPBO is actively supported by the Flemish Government for its networking activity in the field of biotechnology between Flemish and European research institutions of excellence on the one hand and international organizations or institutions on the other hand such as the International Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and the United Nations Industrial and Development Organization (UNIDO).
The S M Sehgal Foundation
The S M Sehgal Foundation was established in 1999 to support research and development in the fields of agricultural genetics and reproductive health. The Foundation is a non - profit organization endowed by the Sehgal Family . All initiative supported by the Foundation are designed to promote long term sustainable development. Accordingly, the Foundation seeks to promote understanding of the complex issues at the interface between advances in agricultural genetic research and reproductive health. Since women and children comprise the largest part of the agricultural work force in India, developments in agricultural genetics or in reproductive health can have important consequences for each other. The Foundation`s focus is therefore on matters important to rural areas and on women as key decision makes and primary health and other care providers.
The Founder and Chairman of S M Sehgal Foundation is Dr. Suri Sehgal. Suri Sehgal holds a Ph.D in Plant Genetics from Harvard University, and a diploma in business management from Harvard Business School.
He is the former Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of Plant Genetic Systems of Belgium, now Aventis Crop Science Company. He is the Founder and Chairman of Proagro Seed Company Ltd., India and Founder and Chairman of Sehgal Family Foundation.
At the inauguration of the IPBO on the 13th of June 2000, Dr. Suri Sehgal offered a generous cheque to Prof. Van Montagu. This way, the S M Sehgal Foundation enabled Prof. Van Montagu to start up the Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries.
Movie of the Seghal Foundation