International partnerships

A growing pool of research centres use Brilliant to inspire the industry with sustainability opportunities posed by new technologies.




VITO is a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. VITO provides innovative and high-quality solutions, whereby large and small companies can gain a competitive advantage, and advises industry and governments on determining their policy for the future. VITO has 772 highly-qualified employees who work on international projects all around the world. VITO’s headquarters are located in Mol, Belgium, and the company has a subsidiary in China. The total turnover of VITO amounted to about 147 million euros in 2015. VITO’s research agenda tackles the major societal challenges we are facing today. VITO focuses on five different research programmes: sustainable chemistry, energy, health, materials management and land use.  




Scion (a New Zealand Crown research institute) undertakes research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product, wood-derived materials and other biomaterial sectors. Formerly the NZ Forest Research Institute, Scion employs approximately 300 people and has its head office in Rotorua. 




ECN is one of the leading applied research institutes in Europe in the field of sustainable energy. ECN works in seven core fields: solar power, wind energy, biomass, energy efficiency, environmental assessment, materials and engineering and policy studies. VITO and ECN frequently collaborate in research projects, amongst others in a project to develop technology to extract and re-use valuable materials from industrial waste water.



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Benefits for partners


International exposure

Making Brilliant grow on an international scale is a benefit to all partner research organisations. Each partner can expose its new technologies to a larger and more international network of entrepreneurial and industrial  stakeholders. Dialogue with a multi diverse audience creates enhanced opportunities towards true and sustainable innovation.


Complementarity of expertise

By joining forces within the Brilliant partner network, complimentary technologies can be presented to our members and interested parties in the industry, and sustainability value chains can be completed more easily.
Together we enlarge the window on innovation opportunities and make it more attractive.


Synergy for all partners

Connecting international efforts and expertise enables synergy, both technologically and commercially.
Brilliant is a source of inspiration to find new and complementary technologies.
With the right combination, innovation challenges can be met even faster.


Become a Brilliant partner

We invite inspired research centres that share our ambitions and goals to complement our present technologies and
become a Brilliant partner. We will be happy to explain our conditions and partnership agreement with independent
research centres, active in sustainable technology development, contributing to the global sustainable development goals.
Let’s create a sustainable world together. For a sustainable quality of life, starting today.