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Our Brussels office

IFSTTAR now has a heightened profile and more influence in Brussels.

In order to be physically represented in Brussels and gain direct access to information, in 2016 IFSTTAR appointed a permanent representative in the Belgian capital (odile.arbeit-de-chalendar(at)ifsttar.frOdile Arbeit de Chalendar).

The Research Bodies Club – CLORA - has 32 members in all, including 10 public research bodies and representatives of French universities in Brussels. It facilitates the activities of French public research stakeholders in Brussels. At the same time it performs a discussion, monitoring, analysis and alerting role by means of newsletters, memos and theme days. It also provides a forum for discussion and consultation among its members.

Regular meetings are held with important partners such as IFSTTAR’s supervising ministries, the French Permanent Representation in Brussels, the Commission and the Parliament. In 2016, a position paper on Horizon 2020 was drawn up. Other subjects under consideration are the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP9) and the European Research Council (ERC).