Flemish Academic Center for Science and the Arts /VLAC is founded in 1990 by KVAB (Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten) in an aim to stimulate and promote scientific research in Flanders. It is situated in the Academy Palace (Paleis der Academiën) next to the Royal Palace in Brussels. In 2010 VLAC celebrated its double lustrum with a scientific conference on VISION AND MATERIAL. It is member of NetIAS, the European network of IAS centres and from 2012 it has been taking part with its Brussels centre in EURIAS, the newly developed EU supported fellowship programme that include 10 month stay at 14 European participating institutions.
VLAC has housed a great variety of interdisciplinary endeavours involving fields as far apart as humour and flight dynamics to transitional justice and comparative grammar to medical imaging and nineteenth century journalism. Although VLAC celebration in the Palace of the Academies focuses on 15th century painting, here in Brussels and elsewhere former fellows have organized satellite meetings at which they revive and reactivate the inspiring and productive period spent at our centre. A number of satellite events are organised: Visual perception and visual arts, vision in Art and Optics from Cusanus to Descartes and material Resources for Early Modern Court History Art, Text and Space.
NetIAS – the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study was founded in 2004 to promote European research in the humanities and the social sciences and to discuss possible forms of cooperation among the IAS. NetIAS also wants to articulate common interests of the IAS, for example with regard to the European Union research policy, and to pursue a dialogue with the Commission on these issues. The network brings together 17 Institutes for Advanced Study across Europe like Center for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, Oslo, Norway, Collegium Budapest, Hungary, Collegium Helveticum, Zürich, Switzerland and many more.