NSF in Brussels

Last week, NSF opened its new Europe Regional office in Brussels. There has been a great history of collaboration between NSF and our international partners through our other regional offices, in Tokyo and Beijing. The Europe office was previously located in Paris; moving to Brussels – home of the European Union and European Commission – allows us to engage more directly with those important organizations, and our counterparts in the Member States. This engagement is crucial: Working together has improved quality of life, increased security and boosted the economy. Not just for citizens of the United States, but for people around the globe. 


In the photo: National Science Board member Dr. Artie Bienenstock, Head of the Office of International Science & Engineering Rebecca Keiser, and new Head of NSF’s Brussels office Sonia Ortega.

While in Brussels, I had the privilege of participating in the State of Europe 2015, which brought together international leaders to discuss some of the great issues and challenges facing society. We discussed ways to address the staggering changes the digital age is bringing to our world, and ways to bridge the gap between education and entrepreneurism.


Every day, we see the need and the great advantages of cooperation in research across all fields of science.

Photo credit: Vanessa Campo Ruiz, MD PhD, European Commission; and Friends of Europe.