structure belgium.jpg VIB is a research institute focused on pioneering research in the life sciences. Its scientists study the molecular mechanisms in the human body, plants and microorganisms.

VIB is designed around the unique concept of close collaboration with and between the four Flemish universities of Ghent, Leuven, Antwerp and Brussels. Together with these universities, VIB employs over 1,200 scientists and technologists in 72 research groups. Thanks to this one-of-a-kind partnership, VIB is able to leverage the collective expertise and experience in the life sciences of a large pool of scientists.​


Governance VIB is an autonomous institution that sets its own course.
Evaluation The Institute is going through its quinquennial assessment.
Results Over 100 scientific breakthroughs, including 10 in Nature, Cell and Science.
Network Our researchers work closely with Flemish and foreign scientists.
Institutional integration 72 research groups make one institute.
Excellence-driven policy VIB recruits top scientists. VIB gets high scores from ERC.