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VIB is a decentralized institute with departments, labs and research facilities on universities throughout Flanders.



Central services


VIB is a non-profit, autonomous research institute, headed by a general assembly and a board of directors. The general management is responsible for running VIB on a daily basis. The institute is scientifically led by its scientific directors, who head the VIB research centers. The institutional advisory board assists VIB in its institutional policy. 

The general assembly is the organization's most senior body and consists of 35 members from academic, public and industrial and civil society.

The board of directors  heads the association and represents it extrajudicially. It consists of 13 representatives from academia, industry and government. 

The general management, Jo Bury and Johan Cardoen (Managing Directors), ensures the institute’s daily management. They are assisted by Geert Van Minnebruggen, Head of Science & Technology, Rik Audenaert, Chief Financial Officer, Marijke Lein, Human Resources Director, Wim Goemaere, Chief Operating Officer, Katrina Wright, Communications Manager and a central team of colleagues.

8 Science Directors head the VIB research centers and guarantee their center’s and the institute’s scientific leadership. They make up the institute's  management committee together with an extended general management.

The group leader committtee consists of one group leader from each center and the associated VIB-groups. Their primary mission is to assist in defining and implementing the institutional scientific strategy.

An institutional advisory board, which regularly formulates recommendations to VIB, assists VIB in its institutional policy.