Beernaert, Dirk

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First Name: 
Dirk
Last Name: 
Beernaert
Kind of Address: 
Headquarter Address
Position: 
Adviser to DG CONNECT for Integrating and Interdisciplinary Activities
Address: 
Avenue de Beaulieu 31
Zipcode: 
1160
City: 
Brussels
Country: 
Belgium
Telephone: 
+32 2968020
Mobile: 
+32 498 968020
Company / Institute: 
Department: 
DG CONNECT
Bio and Interests: 
D. Beernaert studied engineering in physics, nuclear and material science (University of Ghent – Belgium -1976). Physicist & engineer with industrial background: starting-up a laboratory in silicon technology and processes , setting up a pilot line and a manufacturing plant on advanced CMOS processes and high voltage technology including technology transfer. He joined the European Commission in 1990 where he has been responsible as Head of the Unit for programs in micro and nanoelectronics, photonics, and Microsystems under different European Frameworks Programs (FP), dealing with research, innovation and regulatory activities in these fields. In 2008 he was nominated Executive Director at interim to set up the Joint Undertaking ENIAC, the first public private partnership between Industry, European Member States and the European Commission in the field of Nanoelectronics. Untill recently he was responsible for the Unit "Microsystems" dealing with smart integrated systems, Micro and nanosystems, micro-nano-biosystems, smart integration technologies, advanced manufacturing and the transfer of these technologies into innovation for key applications. This includes also the Public Private Partnership Electric Green Car Initiative for eMobility, the Public Private Partnership "Factories of the Future" and planning the future activities for the new research and innovation program Horizon2020 (2014-2020) in these fields. He is recently appointed to Adivser to the Director General for Interdisciplinary and Integrating Activities. Owner of 2 patents and author of more than 120 articles. Expertise in Microsystems , Microelectronics; Photonics, Nanoelectronics; Eureka, Joint Technology Initiative ENIAC; Key Enabling Technology (KET)s; industrial policy; innovation; nanotechnology; Public Private Partnerships Green Car and Factories of the Future.