This new edition ‘Flanders’ Research Area’ is a second updated version of ‘Scientific Research in Flanders’ which was first issued in 1998. It offers a general overview of the administrative structures in science and technological innovation and of the knowledge centres in Flanders. The first part describes the main activities of the Science and Innovation Administration and its related agencies and advisory bodies. The second part gives an overview of the research organisations. The third part gives a general description of the Flemish universities. Part four focusses on the schools for higher education offering courses at an academic level and performing scientific and technological research. New in this edition is part 5: the collective research centres.