Flemish Science Agenda


In December 2017, Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sport, Philippe Muyters, commissioned the FWO to compile a Flemish Science Agenda. To this end, the FWO partnered up with the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB), the Young Academy, and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish government.

The Flemish Science Agenda is based on over ten thousand questions – questions that occupy the minds of Flemish citizens of all ages and backgrounds. Is there life outside our planet? How can we protect our privacy? Could we ever live to be 150 years old? During the campaign ‘Question for science’, which ran in the first half of 2018, everyone was invited to submit questions. From the questions received, a hundred or so experts distilled 82 topics divided into 5 categories:

  • Health and Well-Being
  • Sustainable Society
  • Sustainable Planet
  • Foundations and Limits
  • Use and Role of Science

The 82 topics address fundamental research questions and important social issues that often require an interdisciplinary, comprehensive research approach, and provide an overall picture of the interests and concerns of Flemish citizens. They are the core of the Science Agenda.

The Flemish Science Agenda is an inspiration document that brings together various scientific disciplines around fundamental questions and social issues. The objective is to strengthen the ties between society and scientific research and to stimulate science to innovate, create and connect.

For whom is it intended?

  • Scientists who want to explore new links within their own discipline or with other research areas, with industry, policy, organisations, citizens, etc. so as to enable them to better respond to the demands of citizens and society. With the insights provided by the Flemish Science Agenda, scientists can enhance their research, increase their impact, pursue science communication in a more targeted way, etc.
  • Citizens who are interested in the questions for science that keep others awake and who want to find out how these questions are addressed in the Flemish Science Agenda.
  • Companies, organisations and public administrations that are curious about the questions that keep Flemish citizens busy and that are eager to team up with Flemish scientists to find answers to the challenges of tomorrow.

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