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Barbara Tan

Barbara Tan

Valorisation Manager for SSH - University of Antwerp, Belgium

Barbara Tan is Valorisation Manager for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) at the Valorisation Office of the University of Antwerp. She is the point of contact for researchers on SSH who need support on the transfer of their scientific knowledge towards companies and other stakeholders. Together with the researcher Barbara searches for the most suitable valorisation trajectory. This can take several forms: a private research contract, a doctorate at the request of a company, an intellectual property license agreement and, last but not least, a private spin-off company. Barbara enabled the launch of various spin-off companies from the University of Antwerp.

Barbara has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of higher education with focus on research, innovation and science and technology policy. She started her professional career as a researcher at the Center for Social Policy Herman Deleeck, where she published about persistent social inequalities in Flemish higher education. Then she became advisor for education and innovation at the Flemish employers organization Voka-Vlaams Economische Verbond for almost 6 years, where she built a wide network of business contacts. Then she returned to the University of Antwerp at the Department of Research and Innovation (ADOC) in various functions and the last years she is an active professional in the field of knowledge and technology transfer.


  • Spin-off creation
  • License-agreements
  • Contract research, service agreement
  • Attracting external funding for collaboration with companies
  • EU/EFRO funding
  • Quadruple helix