One of the objectives of the CMK as an institute is to concentrate the research of its different research groups on a limited number of common topics. At the moment, the CMK research aims at three fields (core competence fields). On the one hand, this choice was made on the basis of a thorough inventory and evaluation of the available expertise, but on the other hand also on the basis of the national and international reputation in the different fields. Furthermore, CMK also looked at the future perspectives and financing possibilities of each research field. The cross-group spearheads strategy leads to a complementarity of the research groups. This complementarity provides a lot of advantages concerning the reinforcement of the critical mass, efficient use of equipment, ‘cross-pollination’ and increased possibilities to acquire projects.
The following core competence fields have been determined: