This website belongs to:
SIM vzw
Technologiepark 48
9052 Zwijnaarde
Tel. +32 9 292 14 99 or +32 491 34 53 46 or +32 498 91 94 37

By entering and using this website you explicitly agree to the following general conditions.

Intellectual rights of ownership
The contents of this website, including brands, logos, drawings, data, product and company names, texts, images and suchlike are protected by intellectual rights of ownership and belong to SIM vzw or rightful claimant third parties.

Limitation of liability
The information on this website is of general nature. The information has not been adjusted to personal or specific circumstances and as a result, cannot be considered as a personal, professional or legal advice to the end user.

SIM vzw puts in great efforts so that the information placed at the user’s disposal always remains complete, correct, accurate and up-to-date. In spite of these efforts, inaccuracies can occur in the given information. Should the rendered information contain inaccuracies or should specific information on or through the website not be available, SIM vzw will put in the greatest effort in order to rectify this.
However, SIM vzw cannot be held liable for direct or indirect damage which results from the use of the information on this website. Should you find any accuracies in the information placed at the user’s disposal through this website, please contact the website administrator.

The contents of the site (left included) can be adjusted, altered or completed at all times without any prior notice. SIM vzw will not guarantee the proper functioning of the website and cannot be held liable in any way for bad functioning or a temporary (in)availability of the website or for any form of direct or indirect damage, which would result from the access to or the use of the website.

On no account can SIM vzw be held liable against anyone in direct or indirect, particular or other way for damage caused by the use of this website or other, especially as a result of links or hyperlinks including and without any restriction, every loss, work interruption, damage done to programs or other data of the computer system, software of or other of the user.

The website may contain hyperlinks or pages of third parties or may refer indirectly to these pages. Setting up links to these websites or pages on no account implies the implicit approval of their contents. SIM vzw explicitly declares it has no authority over the contents or the other characteristics of these websites and can on no account be held liable for their contents or their characteristics or for any other form of damage as a result of its use.

Applicable law and authorized courts of justice
Belgian law or legislation applies to this site. In case of any disputes, only the courts of justice in the Ghent district are authorized.

The use of “cookies”
When you visit our website, there is a possibility ‘cookies’ are placed on the hard disk of your computer, this simply and solely in order to gear the website to the needs of the returning user or visitor. These small files or cookies are not used in order to check the user’s or visitor’s surfing behavior. Your internet browser allows you to block the use of cookies, to receive a warning in case a cookie is being installed or to remove the cookies from your hard disk afterwards. Please consult the help function of your internet browser.


Privacy and data protection policy

1. General

Strategisch Initiatief Materialen vzw (hereafter referred to as SIM), the organisation responsible for the processing of data, offers a platform as a virtual research centre, initiated in 2009 by the Flemish Materials Industry and the Flemish Universities (via the website www.sim-flanders.be) where visitors are informed about the sector and can gain additional knowledge through participation in events.

This data protection policy sets out in clear terms what data SIM processes for its users, how it seeks to optimally protect the data of its users and which rights the users can exercise.

By using the website of SIM and the associated services, the user accepts the customs as described in this data protection policy.

The user must thoroughly read the data protection policy before making use of the services offered by SIM. If the user would have questions about the policy of SIM, he/she can contact SIM in writing at the following address:

Strategisch Initiatief Materialen vzw

Technologiepark 48
9052 Zwijnaarde

2. Concerning the processing of your data

2.1 Permission and collection of data

SIM attaches great importance to your privacy. Although most of the information on this website is available without providing personal information, it is possible that the user is asked for personal information. In order for SIM to be able to provide the services set out in its General Terms and Conditions, it is necessary to collect and store the personal data that the user communicates in the context of the registration process, as long as SIM deems this necessary or earlier: when the user requests this data to be removed.

Access to the platform SIM may require an e-mail address specified by the user and a password chosen by him/her (the login details).

Upon registration, the user must fill in a number of details that are necessary for the fulfillment of the agreement. These mandatory data are:

– Language;
– Sex;
– First Name;
– Last Name;
– Address;
– Cellphone number;
– Profession;
– E-mail address;
– Password;
– Events in which one wishes to participate.

In addition, the user gives his/her consent to SIM – and processors acting in the name and/or assignment of SIM – for the processing of his/her personal data.

SIM uses the ‘Google Analytics’ service, a service of the firm Google Inc. that collects anonymous or authorized information that is not of a personal nature, such as the type of browser, IP address, the operating system you use, or the domain name of the website through which you have found our website or through which you leave the website. This allows us to permanently optimize our website for our users or visitors. Through this link you can ensure that the storage and processing of these data is no longer possible in the future.


This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. SIM uses session cookies as well as permanent cookies. In general, cookies are used to retain and store information for things like language preferences, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like ‘Google Analytics’. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

2.2 Usage of this data

If personal data is used for purposes for which the consent of the user is required, the user will always be asked for explicit, written permission.

SIM mainly collects personal data to provide the user with a safe, qualitative, result-oriented and personal experience while using their services.

The data is used for the following purposes in specific:

a. Keeping participant and guest lists for her events;
b. Contacting these persons in the context of the organization of its events;
c. The exchange of personal and contact details for a contact request;
e. Notifying of new events or other news from SIM or its partners. The user can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time by changing the preferences in his/her account or the newsletter itself;
f. Making adjustments and improvements to the services offered by SIM;
g. The proper and/or optimal provision of customer support;
h. Detecting and preventing unlawful actions or activities in violation of the General Terms and Conditions of SIM.
i. The development or debugging of the services of SIM.

2.3 Sharing with third parties

If data is passed on to other users within the framework of the services provided by SIM, this will only take place under the name entered by the user.

Personal data is only provided to third parties:

  • If this is necessary to provide the service offered (for example when processing payments);
  • If the user has given his/her explicit permission for this (for example when publishing a contact listing);
  • When the provision is permitted under the relevant legal provisions for a specific authority legally competent for this purpose (e.g. in the case of a government investigation).

External service providers of SIM who provide services on behalf of SIM in order to make the service possible are not considered third parties.

3. Security of the data

With the help of appropriate technical and organizational measures, maximum data security is pursued. This is an obligation of means on behalf of SIM.

All information that the user enters when using the website of SIM is encrypted. This encryption seals the data transfer between the user’s internet browser and SIM’s web server and thus prevents misuse of this data. The encryption technique that is used here is SSL encryption.

Rights of the person concerned

4.1. Right of access – information

SIM has tried to explain its policy in clear terms in this document. However, the user has the right, by written request, at reasonable intervals, to obtain additional information about the data stored for his/her person at SIM, about their origin, about the purpose for which they are stored and about the recipient who the data is passed on.

4.2. Right of objection

The user reserves the right to, at all times, withdraw the consent given in whole or in part, which may lead to the inability to use the services of SIM.
The user also has the right to object to the use of his/her data for marketing purposes. For this the user or visitor will address SIM; a written request is sufficient, stating the e-mail address and his/her name as provided to SIM.

4.3. Right to rectification

The user has the right at any time to correct his/her data via his/her profile settings or a written request.

4.4. Right of removal

The user has, at all times, the right to demand rectification or removal of his/her personal data stored with SIM.
For this purpose, a written request is sufficient, stating the e-mail address and his/her name as provided to SIM.
The right to delete your personal data may, however, be limited by statutory retention obligations that are imposed on SIM.