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CMK has a network, which is formalized through 2 different routes. First, it has formalized research collaborations at different levels: with universities and research organizations, with the industrial sector and governmental institutes, in Belgium and at an international level. More in particular, in Belgium, CMK collaborates with all Flemish universities, and with the Université de Liège and Namur. In Europe, CMK has collaborations with universities in Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, and the UK. Outside of Europe, CMK is working in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, DR Congo, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, USA, and Vietnam.

These formalized research collaborations are conducted by means of joint research projects, formal research ‘consortia’, jointly funded PhDs, and joint development projects, which are funded at different levels and partners.

The joint research projects  are funded at the European level (e.g. FACCE, LIFE, INTERREG, H2020, ERC), at the Belgian and (e.g. BELSPO, FOD Economie, Kom op tegen kanker), and Flemish level (e.g. FWO (PhD and post-doctoral grants, projects, Methusalem, SBO), VLAIO (e.g. Baekelandt) Steunpunt Milieu en gezondheid - Departement omgeving), the provincial or local level (e.g. Province of Limburg, several municipalities). CMK also receives funding for joint research projects from national governmental agencies outside of Europe (e.g. US Federal Aviation Administration). 

Formal research consortia exist for the UHasselt ECOTRON with partners from UAntwerp (UA), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Research Institute Nature and Forest (INBO), Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and UK. CMK is also involved in the SUILLUS consortium with partners in India, Japan, Mexico and USA. The BIOCHAR consortium consists of Germany, Luxembourg, and UK dealing with advancing research and use of biochar applications. CMK is partner in the BioFresh consortium (sustainable tomato growing making use of plant-associated bacteria)  with partners in Norway (NIBIO, University of Stavanger) and the Netherlands (Wageningen University). CMK is a leading partner in the FWO Scientific Research Network (WOG) on choice experiments with partners from UA, UGent, KULeuven (KUL), Australia, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and UK. The ASCENT (Aviation Sustainability Center of Excellence) consists of leading research universities in the USA and Canada, with  CMK the only non-North American partner participating. It is the globally leading consortium on research on the environmental impacts of aviation. CMK also takes part in PACE, a consortium involving 39 studies world-wide with genome-wide DNA methylation data from pregnancy, newborn or childhood samples. The EXPOsOMICS consortium addresses the integration of the external and the internal exposomes at the individual level, building upon several EU-funded research projects with rich sets of health data, exposure data, biomarker measurements and publicly available data sources. The ENDOAFRICA consortium consists of partners from South Africa, Austria and Belgium and aims to determine whether HIV-infection and ART are associated with altered cardiovascular risk and changes in vascular endothelial structure and function in adults living in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. CMK is the chair of the EU COST Action Norm4building that aims at stimulating the responsible reuse of NORM residues in building materials. It comprises partners from 26 European countries.

Jointly funded PhDs exist, inter alia, with INBO, KUL, UA, Sciensano, the Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK-CEN), the EU Joint Research Center (JRC) Geel, and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). CMK also collaborates intensely with UNamur and ULiège on joint doctorates. Other joint PhDs are pursued with Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Greece, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands,  Poland, South Africa and Spain.

CMK has established joint development projects with Bolivia, Cuba, DR Congo, Morocco, and Vietnam, which are funded by VLIR-UOS.

Besides formal research collaborations, CMK researchers provide research expertise by means of academic service.

More in particular, CMK researchers are  members of scientific commissions and academies such as the Flemish Institute for the Sea (VLIZ), the Federal Board for Sustainable Development, the Organisation of Biological Field Stations (OBFS), the Royal Belgian Zoological Society, the Young Academy of Flanders, the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, and the Belgian Association for Radiation Protection. CMK is a founding member of the European NORM association. CMK researchers are also members of several company boards and councils. 

CMK researchers are editors (in chief, managing and member editorial board) of several academic journals, such as Scientific reports - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Frontiers in Public Health-Children health, Environmental health, Hypertension, PlosOne, BioEnergy Research, the Journal of Applied Phycology, PeerJ, Food and Energy Security, Frontiers in Plant Science, Mycorrhiza, International Journal of Phytoremediation, Zookeys, Belgian Journal of Zoology, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Journal of Soils and Sediments, the Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law, and Milieu- en Energierecht.

CMK researchers are leading partners in/for several international bodies, such as the Committee of Aviation Environmental Protection of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, the European Environmental Law Forum, and the Network of Environmental Management and Remediation of the International Atomic Energy Agency.


  Formal Research collaborations by country