Academia & Dual-Use Export Controls - 21 november 2018 (Brussels)

Dual-use research in the context of universities and research centers is often considered in its broad sense: what are the (un)desired civil and military applications of research. Knowledge institutions are also concerned about the public perception of research with military potential. In the context of the EU export control system (governed by Regulation (EC) 428/2009, as modified), however, dual-use items (including technology) have a more restricted meaning in order to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The EU dual-use control list does not only include nuclear dual-use items and therefore not only related research is involved. Metal alloys, composites, semiconductor electronics, infrared cameras, encryption and internet monitoring equipment, intrusion software, pathogens, toxins, etc. are only a few of the R&D domains that involve controlled dual-use items and thus related research output may trigger export control obligations. The interdisciplinary nature of nowadays research further expands the scope of potentially involved research disciplines. 

The Strategic Trade Controls Unit of the Flemish Government organises this academic export control outreach event to create further awareness concerning the EU dual-use export control system, the exemptions for academic research and the available guidance for academia in Flanders. The external speakers and panel discussions will offer the audience the opportunity to discuss the current and future export control challenges for researchers and research organisations

This event primarily focuses on researchers, research managers and policy makers from the Flemish research community. Registrations outside the Flemish research community will be assessed against the availability of free seats. 

Venue Brussels, Herman Teirlinck - zaal Toots Thielemans. Information about access can be found here (in Dutch).

Duur 9h15 -13h20 

Language English


8h45 – 9h15               

Registration and refreshments


9h15 – 9h20

Welcome and introduction

Ms. Julie Bynens (Secretary General Department Foreign Affairs)

9h20 – 9h50

Main principles of dual-use export controls and impact on academic research

Dr. Johan Evers (dienst Controle Strategische Goederen)

9h50 – 10h20

Guidance for academic research (VLIR brochure)

Prof. Dr. Johan De Tavernier (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

10h20 – 10h35



10h35 – 11h05

Coffee break


11h05 – 11h35

The Dual Use Regulation – Specific Concerns from the Academic Sector

Ms. Claire Gray (League of European Research Universities)

11h35– 12h05

Export control and research funding

Prof. Dr. Quentin Michel (Université de Liège)

12h05 – 12h40

Panel discussion 1 – Export control challenges for universities

Moderator Mr. Milan Godin (dienst Controle Strategische Goederen)

  • Dr. Katleen Janssen (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
  • Dr. Roberto Soprano (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Ms. Marianne De Voecht (Universiteit Antwerpen)
  • Dr. René Custers (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie)

12h40 – 13h15

Panel discussion 2 – Export control challenges for applied research centres

Moderator Dr. Johan Evers (dienst Controle Strategische Goederen)

  • Ms. Beatrijs Thomas (IMEC)
  • Dr. Branislav Aleksic (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft)
  • Dr. Christos Charatsis (Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

13h15 – 13h20


Mr. Michael Peeters (dienst Controle Strategische Goederen)

13h20 – 14h30

Walking lunch


Summary report

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