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Happy 25th birthday to IMEC

16 March 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Cleanroom

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Gilbert Declerck, IMEC's CEO.It seems like only yesterday that it al;l begun, but IMEC has turned 25 over the weekend. As Europe’s main semiconductor and related technology R&D centre that has attracted the major IC and equipment manufacturers to its many advanced research development projects over the years, IMEC is planning a few special events to celebrate.

On April 2nd, in Brussels, an academic colloquium will be held: 'Facing the world of society, science, technology, industry and education in the 21st century'.

On June 3rd and 4th, IMEC launches the IMEC Technology Forum (ITF), an industry networking event that will focus on the theme "Innovation in the next 25 years of science and technology". The Forum will bring together executives from world-leading companies and institutes in Asia, Europe and the USA to discuss the future of ICs and future applications for biomedical electronics, energy and communication in the coming 25 years.

"We owe our success to the grand vision and passion of our founder, Professor Roger Baron Van Overstraeten, and to the enthusiasm and dedication of all our co-workers,” commented Gilbert Declerck (pictured), IMEC's CEO. “A perfect combination of acquired knowhow and experience, with the continued influx of young talent from all over the world has been, and still is, essential for research at high level. But also the collaboration with the Flemish Government and government agencies, and with universities and international and national partners has contributed to our success. Together, we succeeded to put Flanders on the map of micro- and nanoelectronics."

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