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Christine Merckx
head of research centre
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Jolien Vangeel
research coordinator
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Joris Verhulst
research coordinator
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Kenneth De Keulenaer
tools & website
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Gunilla de Graef
researcher
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Eline Frison
researcher
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Kris Spaepen
researcher
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Liese Exelmans
researcher
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Yves Van Handenhove
data & analysis
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Evelien Raman
researcher
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Katrien de Schamphelaere
admin & academy
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Yana Avramova
researcher
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Eva Vermeire
researcher
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The following consultants are affiliated with the research centre and complement our expertise.

Maarten Weyn
expert 
crowd management
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Maarten Weyn is a professor at the University of Antwerp and co-founder of CrowdScan. His research in the imec-IDlab research group focuses, among other things, on digital visitor counting methods for heavily frequented places such as events.

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Dorien Breels
expert 

event communication
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As an expert in targeted communication, Dorien helps you to communicate with the target groups you wish to address.

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Ken Veerman
expert
strategic design
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Ken helps culture houses and other event organisations to revise their business model. How do you attract new target groups? What business opportunities are there for your event or location? How do you generate more income? 

Stijn Lambert
expert 
sustainable events

As co-founder of Ecofest, Stijn contributes to a greener world by enabling zero waste and eco-friendly events.

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Frank Cuypers
expert
city marketing
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Frank supports and advises cities in outlining their positioning strategy. How do you put your municipality on the map as a tourist destination? How do you align your event portfolio?

Hans Verhoeven
expert 
panel surveys
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Hans is an expert

in online panels.

As director of iVOX, he has many years of experience in surveying large representative crowds.

Tom Bellens
expert
crisis management
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As an expert in crisis management, crisis organisation and crisis communication, Tom teaches you how to deal with increased risks. What decisions do you take as an organiser? What do you communicate (or what not)?

Geert Vromman
expert 
smart city analytics
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As a purebred data expert, Geert helps organisations how to explore their data. What decisions can you make based on data? What measurements and analyses can you do with the number of people present, the mobility and the occupation of space?

Lore Claes
expert 
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Lore is an expert in how to organise events more sustainable. Based on this expertise, she advises and inspires local authorities and other event organisers in drawing up a well-considered plan of action.

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Michiel Nuytemans
expert 
participation
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Michiel outlines trajectories to inform and involve citizens in societal challenges and policies. How can you structurally survey event visitors and inhabitants? How do you involve companies, visitors and inhabitants in a decision?

Hermen Six
expert 
portfolio management
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As event coordinator for the city of Roeselare, Hermen has expertise in how to attract the right events to meet the needs of the inhabitants and the municipality. How do you link the vision of your municipality to the events taking place?

Gert Claes
expert production & project management
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As organiser of Brussels Jazz Weekend, amongst other things, Gert knows everything about complex technical projects and the practical side of event organisation. What details do you need to think about? How do you draw an event plan? How do you calculate the number of generators needed?

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Sana Sellami
expert
inclusion
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Sana is an expert in strategy and inclusion. She knows better than anyone how to create more diversity in the workplace and how to make the organisations behind events more inclusive.

Herman Konings
expert 

trend analysis
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Herman is an expert in future projections and trend shifts. He analyses, among other things, the impact of trends on the behaviour of residents, visitors and businesses in cities and towns.

Peter Decuypere
expert 
experience
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Peter inspires organisations to create more connection between visitors at events. How do you create that one unique experience? How do you combine connection, entertainment and information?

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