European SEMI Award 200807/10/2008
Gilbert Declerck, CEO of IMEC, was honored with the European SEMI Award 2008 for leading IMEC to become one of the world’s most prestigious independent microelectronics research institutes. IMEC 's microelectronics training center (MTC) was also honored with the IC Industry Awards 2008 for Education Initiative. Both awards were presented by Stanley Myers, President and CEO of SEMI at SEMICON Europa in Stuttgart, Germany.
Here you can read the speech from Gilbert Declerck at the award ceremony:
Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues and friends,
Let me first of all express a few words of thanks to SEMI and especially to the members of the SEMI Europe Award Committee. I am sure this award reflects the appreciation of the European Semiconductor Supplier Community for the all the hard work and excellent results achieved by the IMEC research teams over the last couple of years.
IMEC is indeed one of the leading Centers of Excellence in the field of nanoelectronics, not only in Europe but worldwide. IMEC has over 1650 coworkers and a budget of 260 Meuro in 2008. IMEC runs a large number of research programs in which many companies from over the world participate. IMEC’s business model is based on the open innovation model, on sharing of cost and resources, sharing of risks, and sharing of results and is aiming at establishing true win-win partnerships. We have been able to achieve this leading position by bringing together lots of talent, by lots of hard work and by the continued support by the government of Flanders.
Let me clearly point out that the success of IMEC’s business model is largely due to its multicultural approach allowing researchers from over 50 countries to work together. Global cooperation based on respect for other cultures and based on mutual trust are two key elements in IMEC’s corporate culture.
The fact that IMEC is located in a small country has an advantage, but also a disadvantage. The advantage is that at IMEC we do not have to defend our own Belgian semiconductor industry, as there is very little semiconductor industry in Belgium. As a consequence we focus on Europe and the world. The disadvantage of being located in a small country lies in the fact that many European Public Authorities have tried and still try to mainly defend their own national semiconductor manufacturers and research programs. There is very little room for so called cross border funding, except for the Frame Programs run by the European Commission. These are the true European Programs where excellence is honoured.
There is a lot of excellent semiconductor related research going on in Europe, not only at IMEC, but also at LETI, at the Fraunhofers, at the many smaller research centers and university labs and of course also at the companies.
My point is that for the European Semiconductor Industry to survive and grow we will have to stick together, to work together at a European scale, to look for excellence at the European level, but also have an open eye for what is happening in the world. We should try to be the best or at least one of the best worldwide in a few well selected fields. This is the best way the European research community can help the European Semiconductor Manufacturer and Supplier community.
Let us make sure that the creative power we have in Europe can be turned into long lasting semiconductor activities in Europe.
I would like to thank you again for the Award.