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  • First name: Dirk
  • Last name: Beernaert
  • Futurizen since: 1 year 9 months
  • Country: BELGIUM
  • Organisation: European Commission DG CONNECT
  • Link: Adviser Interdisciplinary and Integrating Activities
  • Topics: Societal challenges and policy making
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  • D. Beernaert studied engineering in physics, nuclear and material science (University of Ghent – Belgium -1976). Before joining the Commission, he was involved in statistics, semiconductor research, prototyping and manufacturing. He joined the European Commission in 1990 where he has been responsible for research programs in micro and nanoelectronics, photonics, and Microsystems under different European Frameworks Programs (FP), dealing with research, innovation and regulatory activities in these fields. In 2008 he was nominated Executive Director at interim to set up the Joint Undertaking ENIAC, the first public private partnership between Industry, European Member States and the European Commission in the field of Nanoelectronics. He was as Head of the Unit responsible for setting up the Unit 'Microsystems' for 'Microelectronics and Photonics', 'Nanoelectronics' and for 'Micro-nanosystems' dealing with electronics integration, smart integrated systems, Micro and nanosystems, micro-nano-biosystems, smart integration technologies, advanced manufacturing and the transfer of these technologies into innovation for key applications. This includes also the Public Private Partnerships Electric Green Car Initiative for eMobility, and the "Factories of the Future". Recently he became "Adviser to the Director General for Interdisciplinary and Integrating Activities". Owner of 2 patents and author of more than 120 articles.  
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D. Beernaert studied engineering in physics, nuclear and material science (University of Ghent – Belgium -1976). Before joining the Commission, he was involved in statistics, semiconductor research, prototyping and manufacturing. He joined the European Commission in 1990 where he has been responsible for research programs in micro and nanoelectronics, photonics, and Microsystems under different European Frameworks Programs (FP), dealing with research, innovation and regulatory activities in these fields. In 2008 he was nominated Executive Director at interim to set up the Joint Undertaking ENIAC, the first public private partnership between Industry, European Member States and the European Commission in the field of Nanoelectronics. He was as Head of the Unit responsible for setting up the Unit 'Microsystems' for 'Microelectronics and Photonics', 'Nanoelectronics' and for 'Micro-nanosystems' dealing with electronics integration, smart integrated systems, Micro and nanosystems, micro-nano-biosystems, smart integration technologies, advanced manufacturing and the transfer of these technologies into innovation for key applications. This includes also the Public Private Partnerships Electric Green Car Initiative for eMobility, and the "Factories of the Future". Recently he became "Adviser to the Director General for Interdisciplinary and Integrating Activities". Owner of 2 patents and author of more than 120 articles.  
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