The programme of the day can be divided in two parts.

In the morning, the Belgian situation will be reviewed. The Office des Etrangers, universities… will make some presentations. First he question of getting access to the scientific visa will be discussed. Then we will focus on prolonging the visa.

In the afternoon, we will hear some case studies and best practices from Member States, namely France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Workshop on Scientific Visa Draft Programme

8:30-9:00 Welcome and Registration
9:00-9:30 The “Visa” directive: past and present (Ph. De Bruycker)
9:30-13:00 The Belgian situation
9:30-11:00 Session 1 - Entering in Belgium with a scientific visa
The modus operandi of the scientific visa in Belgium
Mr Jacques Goriya (Office des étrangers)
Problems and advantages of the visa
Ms Brigitte Ernst (University of Liège)
A positive viewpoint on the scientific visa
Ms Nathalie Orban (University of Louvain-la- Neuve)
  Questions and discussion with the audience
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Session 2 - Staying in Belgium with a scientific visa
The Embassies and the scientific visa
Mr Edmond Vanhonsebrouck (Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs)
The experience of a research centre
Ms Marijke Lein (VIB)
  Questions and discussion with the audience
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Some european best practice
Background thoughts on the Directive 2005/71
Ms Fiona Kinsman (DG Home, EC)
The current situation of the scientific visa in Europe
Ms Anna Kádár (DG RTD, EC) and Mr. Stefaan Hermans (DG RTD, EC)
Implementing the scientific visa in France
Ms Loredana Tassone-Mary (FNAK - France)
The implementation of the visa in Germany
Professor Kay Hailbronner (Germany)
The Irish experience on the Host Agreement
Ms Magdalena Wislocka (Ireland)
  Questions and discussion with the audience
16:00-16:30 Coffe break
16:30-17:30 Where do we go from here?
  Discussion with the audience on the future of the scientific visa implementation in Europe and Belgium

After the presentations, time will be left for questions and a debate with the audience. Please note that this programme can be subject to changes in the forthcoming weeks


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