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Thursday, June 17th 2021 (09:30 - 12:30)



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Helis Academy



Helis Academy, a 3-year project, is nearing its project end date. For this reason we would like to welcome you one last time during our closing event on 17-18 June. Helis Academy aims to increase the industry readiness in Health and Life Sciences by developing training programmes in line with the knowledge and skills that are required in the industry. This event will combine these elements in 2 days filled with informative, interactive sessions.

On 17 June Helis Academy presents you the closing Symposium. You’ll learn about the project, the cross-border collaboration programme and how careers in life sciences are stimulated and supported during the presentations by, Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland and the keynote of Academic Transfer. Afterwards, you will be able to join 1 of our 4 interactive parallel sessions during which you’ll discover more about some of the Helis’ domains: (1) Product & process design (2) Data analysis & stewardship (3) Technology & life sciences and (4) Business development. You’ll get the opportunity to expand your network and attend a networking carrousel in which you’ll be matched automatically with other attendees. The morning ends with an inspirational panel discussion where the main outcomes of the parallel sessions will be presented.

For whom?

The symposium is aimed at professionals working in training and capacity building in institutes, research projects and companies, as well as policymakers and funders, industry representatives and anyone who would like to gain more insight into the cross-border project and/or the Helis Academy domains (product & process design, data analysis & stewardship, technology & life sciences and business development).

  • 09:30-09:35

    Plenary opening by Programme chair Pascale Engelen

  • 09:35-09:50

    Session 1: Dajo Smet,

  • 09:50-10:00

    Session 2: Bram De Kort, Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland

  • 10:00-10:25

    Keynote: Jeroen Sparla, Academic Transfer

  • 10:25-10:40


  • 10:40-11:30

    Parallel sessions:

    • Product & process design

    • Data analysis & stewardship

    • Technology & life sciences

    • Business development

  • 11:30-11:50

    Break & Networking sessions

  • 11:50-12:30

    Plenary summary of parallel sessions & Panel discussion

About Helis Academy

Helis Academy is a consortium of 10 public and private partners that strive to optimize the Life Sciences & Health cluster in the Netherlands and Flanders. The project focuses on the development and coordination of appropriate training programmes in the Life Sciences and Health sector by matching companies' job requirements and profiles to curricula and develops new training programmes where needed. Through these training programmes students and young professionals are better prepared for the labour market by training them in skills and competences that are in demand. In this way, the academy increases the industry readiness of life scientists.

Helis Academy is financed by the Interreg V-programme Flanders-Netherlands, the cross border collaboration programme with financial support from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRO).