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Luc De Raedt, KU Leuven

Luc De Raedt is a professor in Computer Science at KU Leuven, where he heads the lab for Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence. His research interests are in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He is working on the next generation of programming languages (that have built-in abilities for learning from data), on combining learning and reasoning, on the automation of data science, on verifying learning AI systems and on robotics. He has received an ERC Advanced Grant, is an active editor of journals such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and has coordinated several European and national research projects.

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Rudy Lauwereins, imec

Rudy Lauwereins is the vice president at imec and responsible for the digital and user-centric solutions unit, which focuses on security, connectivity, image processing, sensor fusion, Machine Learning, data analytics and on making technology society proof. He is also director of imec.academy, coordinating external and internal training curricula. He is a full professor at the KU Leuven, has authored and co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications in international journals, books and conference proceedings and is a fellow of the IEEE.

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Tony Belpaeme, Ghent University and the University of Plymouth

Tony Belpaeme is Professor at Ghent University and the University of Plymouth University, UK. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He leads a team studying cognitive robotics and human-robot interaction. He currently coordinates the H2020 L2TOR project, studying how robots can be used to support children with learning a second language, and coordinated the FP7 ALIZ-E project, which studied long-term human-robot interaction and its use in paediatric applications and worked on the FP7 DREAM project, studying how robot therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Starting from the premise that intelligence is rooted in social interaction, Tony and his research team try to further the science and technology behind artificial intelligence and social human-robot interaction. This results in a spectrum of results, from theoretical insights to practical applications.

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Erik Mannens, imec and Ghent University

Erik Mannens is Research Valorisation Director at imec & Professor Big Data Science at Ghent University. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science Engineering (2011) at UGent on “Interoperability of Semantics in News Production”. His major expertise is around the fusion of top-down Semantics and bottom-up Machine Learning. He currently co-heads a Data Science team of +50 Semantic Technologies & Artificial Intelligence Researchers. Before joining imec & Ghent University in 2005, he was a software engineering consultant and Java architect for over a decade. His team is also committed to the Open Standardization (W3C), Open Source, Open Access and Open Knowledge movements (OKFN).

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Diether Lambrechts, KU Leuven and VIB

Diether Lambrechts is group leader in the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology and Professor at the KU Leuven. Diether Lambrechts was trained as an engineer at the University of Leuven and worked under Peter Carmeliet on the role of vascular endothelial growth factor in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for his PhD and postdoc until 2007. He then worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford, England, before joining VIB as an independent VIB group leader. Since March 2015, Diether Lambrechts also acts as director of the VIB Center for Cancer Biology in Leuven.

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Martin Guilliams, Ghent University and VIB

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Ana Cvejic, University of Cambridge

Ana Cvejic is a Faculty member at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and an Honorary Faculty member at the Sanger Institute. In 2008 Ana received her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol. She then moved to the University of Cambridge/Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to start a Postdoctoral Fellowship, with Professor Willem Ouwehand. In 2012 Ana was awarded the CRUK Career Development Fellowship to start her independent group. In 2015 Ana was awarded ERC Starting Grant and in 2016 EMBO Young Investigator award. With the principal expertise and research interest in the molecular regulation of blood stem cell fate choices Ana’s research sits at the intersection of molecular biology, genetics and systems biology and it closely couples experimental approaches and “big” biological data analysis.

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Prof Dr Claire Shovlin, Imperial College London

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Prof Dr Miikka Vikkula, de Duve Institute, UCLouvain

Prof Miikka Vikkula obtained his M.D. at the University of Helsinki in 1992 and his Ph.D. in molecular genetics, in 1993. He was a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School 1993-1997, during which time he became interested in vascular and lymphatic anomalies. With his wife, Prof Laurence Boon, Plastic Surgeon, Co-ordinator of the Vascular Anomaly Center, Brussels, he discovered the gene for familial venous malformation (1996), and since then many others. They settled in Brussels in 1997, where Dr Vikkula developed his own laboratory. He obtained a “docentship PhD” in 2000, and was nominated Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine (UCL). He is a member of the Directorate of the de Duve Institute since 2004, and a full professor of Human Genetics since 2013.

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Prof Dr Bart Loeys, University of Antwerp

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François Rineau, Hasselt University

Francois Rineau is a tenure track research professor in microbial ecology, in the Center of environmental sciences (CMK) at Hasselt University. After a PhD at INRA Nancy (France), he did a two-and-a-half-year postdoc in the University of Lund (Sweden), another three-year post-doc in the University of Hasselt, got a position of Docent at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, in Paris (France), before getting appointed as a ZAP at Hasselt University. His expertise is in the field of ecology of soil microbes, and in particular on how they contribute to ecosystem services. To tackle this biological question, he uses many different approaches: enzyme assays, genomics, transcriptomics, metagenomics, as well as many spectroscopic tools; and go from pure in vitro tests to field work, through the use of microcosms.  He is now the PI of the new high-tech infrastructure of Hasselt University, the Ecotrons, working on the effect of climate change on ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services. He is especially interested in the role of soil microbes in the response of ecosystem processes to climate change. He is also building a complementary, international and interdisciplinary research network (climatologists, ecologists, soil food web specialists, modellers, hydrologists, environmental economists...) to approach this issue in the most holistic manner as possible. 

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Patrick Meire, University of Antwerp

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Katarina Hedlund, Lund University

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Prof Nancy Bocken, Lund University and TU Delft

Nancy Bocken is Professor in Sustainable Business Management and Practice at Lund University, IIIEE in Sweden. She focuses on different approaches for sustainable business innovation such as experimentation and business model innovation. She is also Associate Professor at TU Delft, Industrial Design Engineering where she was awarded the TU Delft Technology Fellowship, and is Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership with develops and delivers executive programmes and education in sustainability leadership. Nancy co-founded HOMIE who are involved in ‘pay per use’ business models, starting with washing machines, to drive sustainable consumption and ‘circularity’.

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Prof Jouni Korhonen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Prof Steven Van Passel, University of Antwerp

Steven Van Passel is Professor Environmental Economics at the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Applied Economics, Department of Engineering Management, 100%) and at Hasselt University (Faculty of Business Economics, Centre for Environmental Sciences, 10%). Steven Van Passel has a PhD in Agricultural Economics (Ghent University, 2007) and masters in Economics (KU Leuven, 2005) and in Bioscience Engineering (KU Leuven, 2002). His research concentrates on the economic and sustainability assessment of clean technology and agricultural systems and on the interaction between economy, technology and ecology. As an environmental economist, he is interested in conceptual and methodological aspects of assessing sustainability, the valuation of environmental and energy technologies and the economic impact of climate change.

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Prof David Beerling, Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, University of Sheffield

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Michael Obersteiner, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Michael Obersteiner is Program Director of the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. After incubating a small interdisciplinary modeling team a decade ago at IIASA his current research team counts 100 staff members constituting the largest global land use and rural development model cluster in the world.

Michael has been the principal investigator and manager of more than 30 international projects covering diverse policy and science fields mostly focus on developing sustainable development pathways subject to climate risks. He also served as a seconded Staff Expert for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva leading a cross-cut task on socio-economic benefit assessments of Earth observing systems. In addition, he has been a consultant to a number of national and international organizations, including inter alia the European Commission, WWF, OECD, Worldbank and other national and international institutions.

Dr. Obersteiner is the author of over 250 scientific papers (H-index: 61 in google scholar) covering a very wide range of scientific fields. Currently, he serves in UNEP’s international resource panel (IRP) is lead convening author (CLA) of two IPBES chapters and a steering member to UNISDR’s Global Assessment report.

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Filip Meysman, University of Antwerp

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Bart Preneel, imec and KU Leuven

Bart Preneel is full professor at the Dept. Electrical Eng.-ESAT of the KU Leuven. He heads the imec-COSIC research group, which has 80 members. He was visiting professor at five universities in Europe. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications and is inventor of 5 patents. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. Bart Preneel has served as president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) and is a member of the Academia Europaea. In 2015 he was elected as fellow of the IACR. He frequently consults for industry and governments about security and privacy technologies.

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Yves Moreau, KU Leuven

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Jo Pierson, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Jo Pierson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium (Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences & Solvay Business School). He is also Senior Researcher and Unit Leader at the research centre SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology) since 1996. In this position he is in charge of the research unit 'Privacy, Ethics & Literacy’, in cooperation with imec (R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technology). Within imec he is Principal Investigator in the Centre of Excellence ‘Humanized Technologies’. He lectures undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Hasselt University and University of Amsterdam, covering socio-technical issues of digital media design and use. Drawing upon media and communication studies, in combination with science and technology studies, his interdisciplinary research focus is on data, privacy, public values and user empowerment in online platforms. He is also elected member of the International Council of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

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Prof Jannique van Uffelen, KU Leuven

Jannique van Uffelen is a public health researcher with a background in Exercise Therapy (BHealth, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, 1998), Human Movement Sciences (MSc, VU Amsterdam, 2001) and Epidemiology (Msc, VU Amsterdam, 2006). After obtaining her PhD at the Vrije University Medical Centre in Amsterdam (2007), she held several research positions in Australia. She currently is professor at the KU Leuven. Jannique’s program of research, entitled ‘Active and Healthy Ageing’, consists of a series of studies addressing 1) patterns and determinants of sedentary behaviour and physical activity; 2) associations with health; and 3) development, implementation and evaluation of lifestyle interventions to promote health and wellbeing.

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Prof Bart Van Rumste, KU Leuven

Bart Vanrumste received a MSc in electrical engineering and MSc in biomedical engineering both from Ghent University in 1994 and 1998, respectively. In 2001 he received a Ph.D. in engineering from the same institute entitled ‘EEG Dipole Source Analysis in a Realistic Head Model’. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow from 2001 until 2003 at the electrical & computer engineering department of the University Of Canterbury, New Zealand. From 2003 until 2005 he was post-doctoral fellow at the department of electrical engineering (ESAT)  in the STADIUS division at KU Leuven. In 2005 he was appointed professor in the engineering technology department at the ‘Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen’ in Geel and the ‘Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg. Both institutions are now integrated in the faculty of engineering technology of KU Leuven. Bart Vanrumste currently teaches courses in digital signal processing, digital image processing and machine learning. He is member of the eMedia research lab at Group T, member of the ESAT-STADIUS division and principle investigator of imec. His research interests are decision support in healthcare in general and  ICT applications in active assisted living in particular. His current research activities focus among other on multimodal sensor integration for monitoring of older persons and patients with chronic diseases. He is senior member of IEEE engineering in medicine and biology and member of the international society for bioelectromagnetism.

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Prof Anja Declercq, KU Leuven

Anja Declercq studied applied economics and sociology and has a PhD in sociology. She currently is a professor at the faculty of social sciences (sociological research unit) and the head of the elderly care research unit at the LUCAS research institute, both at the KU Leuven. Her research deals with the organization of care for older persons, the quality of care and the quality of life of older people, and the analysis of societal changes that have an impact on older people and the care they need and receive.

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Prof Ilse Derluyn, Ghent University

Ilse Derluyn obtained her PhD in Educational Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium) and is currently affiliated as associate professor to the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy (Ghent University), where she teaches courses in migration and refugee studies. Ilse's main research topics concern the psychosocial wellbeing of unaccompanied refugee minors, migrant and refugee children, war-affected children, victims of trafficking and child soldiers. She is also actively involved in supporting refugees and practitioners working with refugees and migrants, in policy research and policy-influence. Ilse obtained an ERC-Starting Grant and coordinates an international H2020-project. She published over 100 international publications and several books. Prof. Derluyn is heading the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) and is co-director of the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations (CCVS).

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Prof Maria Koinova, University of Warwick

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Hala El Moussawi, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Hala El Moussawi is a PhD student and holders of an FWO scholarship. She has a background in Architecture(BSc. Architecture at the Lebanese University, 2009-2013)and Urban Studies (4Cities MSc. in Urban Studies, joint program of 6 universities: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universität Wien, Københavns Universitet, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2013-2015).

Her research investigates the post-arrival geographies of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Belgium following their housing and employment trajectories. Arguing that the perspective of refugees and their lived experiences are largely understudied, she proposes a longitudinal study that follows a panel of refugees documenting their residential mobility across Belgium. She argues that these trajectories do not only hinge on the individual characteristics of refugees, but also on the interplay between national and local state policies, migrant networks and civil society support networks in different places. These three components constitute local refugee regimes that her project aims to chart, to explain the particularity of the Belgian context in the production of post-arrival geographies of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Her research interests extend to the understanding of informal networks and practices, and she has worked during her masters’ studies on informal public transport in Beirut and Naples, and their relation to notions of the Right to the City, appropriation, and Autogestion. She also closely follows and participates in questions of urban activism and migration activism in Brussels and in Beirut when possible.

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Prof Dirk Jacobs, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Dirk Jacobs (born in 1971) is Professor of Sociology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he is director of the Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality (GERME). He is specialised in migration and integration policy and educational sociology.

Jacobs completed his doctorate in 1998 at Utrecht University and since then, has performed in a number of roles, including as a FNRS post-doctorate researcher linked to the KU Leuven. He is the laureate of an ERC grant and has had a seat in evaluation commissions for FNRS, FWO, NWO, the Swedish Research Council, the Finnish Academy and ERC.

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Prof Angela Liberatore, European Research Council Executive Agency

Angela Liberatore is Head of Unit on Social Sciences and Humanities at the European Research Council Executive Agency. The Unit manages the evaluations and monitoring of projects submitted to ERC in that domain. Previously Angela worked in DG RTD of the European Commission (EC) in the International Cooperation, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Environment programmes. She participated in the EC work on the White Paper on European Governance and the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.  Angela holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences and a degree in Philosophy.

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Prof Johan van Griensven, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

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Prof Kevin Ariën, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

Kevin Ariën graduated as a Master in Biomedical Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2001 and obtained his PhD in virology in 2005 from the University of Antwerp for his work on HIV replicative fitness at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM) and the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He then continued with a postdoctoral stint at Tibotec-Virco (2005-2006) and as an FWO postdoctoral fellow at Ghent University (2006-2009) before returning to the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp in late 2009. He was appointed head of the ITM Virology Unit in 2014. His Unit was actively involved in the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa with the development of new diagnostic tests and provided diagnostic support during more recent outbreaks in 2017 and 2018 in DR Congo. His current research efforts on tropical viruses focus on the development of new diagnostic tests for the simultaneous detection of a wide variety arthropod-borne viruses and haemorrhagic fever viruses. A more basic research program focuses on virus-host-vector molecular interactome studies with Chikungunya virus, sexual transmission of Zika virus and the mapping of sylvatic reservoirs of arthropod-borne viruses.

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Prof Herman Goossens, University of Antwerp

Herman Goossens, MD, is a professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Antwerp in Belgium,  director  of  the  research  Laboratory  of  Medical  Microbiology  at  the  University  of Antwerp, and director of the Laboratory of Clinical Biology of the University Hospital Antwerp. He was part-time professor at the University of Leiden from 2000-2008 and has a part-time position since 2017 at the University Medical Centre Utrecht.

He earned his PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Free University of Brussels in 1990 and worked as a visiting scientist at the University of Utrecht, Geneva and Tokyo.

Herman Goossens received the Methusalem award of the Flemish government in 2008 for a period of 14 years. His professional goal is to bridge the gap between basic and clinical research, with a major focus on antibiotic resistance, to enhance the standard of healthcare, public health and professional standards, for the good of the public in large.  His  vision  is  to  build  a  sustainable  infrastructure  for  clinical  research  on  infectious diseases in Europe. He is a popular resource person and opinion leader, much sought after by local  and  international  media  for  views  on  matters  related  to  public  health  and  infectious diseases.

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Prof Stephan Günther, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine

Stephan Günther is the Head of Department of Virology, the Biosafety level 4 laboratory, and WHO Collaborating Centre for Arboviruses and Hemorrhagic Fever Reference and Research at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, and adjunct professor at the University of Hamburg. He studied medicine and specialised in virology, microbiology, and infection epidemiology. Dr. Günther’s research is dedicated to viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF), including Ebola virus disease, Lassa fever, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. The Department of Virology is running several collaborative projects with West African countries on VHF in humans and the animal reservoirs.

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Prof Philippe Beutels, University of Antwerp

Philippe Beutels holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Commercial Engineering (Applied Economics), and a PhD in Medical Sciences (Health Economics). He has over 20 years of academic research experience, mainly in Belgium and Australia, and has advised health policy makers in numerous countries. He published over 200 contributions in peer-reviewed journals and books and delivered over 200 lectures and oral communications at scientific symposia, mainly on topics related to health economics, mathematical modelling and epidemiology. He’s the most cited health economist working in Belgium, and is specialized in the economics of infectious diseases and vaccines (ISI Web of Science citations > 4500; H-index: 35; Google Scholar citations > 7500; H-index: 43). He’s currently Full Professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he’s the founding director of the Centre for Health Economics Research & Modelling Infectious Diseases (CHERMID), which employs 14 researchers. He’s also Visiting Senior Fellow at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He’s a frequent adviser for the World Health Organization (WHO), and is currently a member of the Immunization and Vaccines related Implementation Research (IVIR) Advisory Committee of WHO. Philippe Beutels led/leads workpackages on economics in several European Commission projects, including POLYMOD (2004-2008),  SARSCONTROL (2005-2008), ESAC3 (2008-2011), RESCEU (2017-2021). He was Principal Investigator of a range of Flemish/Belgian competitive grants, including “Simulation Models for Infectious Disease Processes (SIMID)” (2007-2011), of the Flemish Agency for Innovation through Science (IWT), as well as several fundamental research projects of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), and applied projects of the Knowledge Centre Health Care (KCE).

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Prof Niel Hens, Hasselt University and University of Antwerp

Prof. Niel Hens (M.Sc., Ph.D.) is a biostatistician and mathematical epidemiologist with 13 years of experience in human epidemiology. He is professor at UHasselt in the Center for Statistics and UAntwerp in the Centre for Health Economic Research and Modelling Infectious Diseases, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute and Epidemiology and Social Medicine where he holds the chair in evidence-based vaccinology. He is co-president of the Young Academy of Belgium (www.jongeacademie.be). He participated in an EU FP6 project called POLYMOD on collecting social contact data relevant for the spread of infectious diseases (http://goo.gl/P53Kl6). Using social contact data and serological data he has led the development of statistical methodology to estimate important infectious disease parameters. This resulted in the publication of a successful monograph. He has an excellent track record (http://goo.gl/70fWn7) with over 200 publications in both statistical and epidemiological journals (>5,500 citations) and an H-index of 37 (Google Scholar metrics, September 2017). His current research focuses on exploiting multivariate serological data to estimate infectious disease parameters, which includes estimating within-host mechanisms of passive and vaccine-acquired antibodies, estimating risks of the re-emergence of measles and mumps in Europe and estimating incidence from serial seroprevalence which is at the core of his recently acquired ERC consolidator grant ‘TransMID’. He heads a research group (size ~ 15) on modelling infectious diseases within the Center for Statistics at UHasselt and together with Prof. Philippe Beutels (UAntwerp) he leads an interuniversity research group (size ~ 25) uniting both the institutes at UHasselt and UAntwerp in which he holds positions. 

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Prof Marcel Salathé, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Marcel Salathé is a digital epidemiologist working at the interface of population biology, computational sciences, and the social sciences. He obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich and spent two years as a postdoc in Stanford before joining the faculty at Penn State in 2010 at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics. In 2014, he spent half a year at Stanford as visiting assistant professor. In the summer of 2015, Marcel became an Associate Professor at EPFL where he heads the Digital Epidemiology Lab at the new Campus Biotech. In 2016, he has also been appointed Academic Director of EPFL Extension School, whose mission is to provide high quality online education in digital technology.

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Prof Paul Thomas, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis

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Prof Pierre Van Damme, Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute, University of Antwerp

Pierre Van Damme obtained his MD from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 1984. He received post-graduate degrees in health and economics, the evaluation of human corporal damage, and a master degree in occupational health. He obtained his PhD in epidemiology and social medicine in 1994, University of Antwerp. He is currently full professor at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences where he chairs the Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute (VAXINFECTIO, University of Antwerp); VAXINFECTIO is a consortium of four research units within the university: the Laboratory of Medical Microbiology (LMM), the Laboratory of Experimental Hematology (LEH), the Centre of Health Economic Research and Infectious Disease Modelling (CHERMID), and the Centre for the Evaluation of Vaccination (CEV). It is recognized as ‘Centre of Excellence’ of the University of Antwerp and functions as WHO Collaborating Centre for the WHO European Region for the control and prevention of infectious diseases.

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Prof Fedor Jelezko, Ulm University

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Prof Jörg Wrachtrup, University of Stuttgart

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Prof Dr Ignacio Cirac, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

J. Ignacio Cirac graduated in Theoretical Physics and gained his PhD (Complutense University, Madrid, 1989 and 1991 resp). He was Associate Professor (University of Castilla-La Mancha, 1991-1996) and Professor of Theoretical Physics (University of Innsbruck, 1996-2001). Since 2001 he is director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics. As an expert in quantum computation and its application in the field of information, the focus of his research work is the quantum theory of information. He is member of the Spanish and German Academies of Science, holds six honorary doctorships, and has been awarded several prizes, including the Prince of Asturias (2006), the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge (2008), Franklin Medal (2010), and the Wolf prize (2013).

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Prof Christian Maes, KU Leuven

Christian Maes is head of the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the KU Leuven.  He completed his PhD in 1988 at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) in mathematical physics. His research focuses primarily on statistical mechanics and the study of non-equilibria. He is a docent for stochastic processes and analytical and advanced quantum mechanics for Master’s students in Physics at the KU Leuven. For further information, see his webpage at https://fys.kuleuven.be/itf/staff/christ.

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Tim Nawrot, Hasselt University

Tim Nawrot studied environmental health sciences at Maastricht University and Vermont Medical School, US. In 2005, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in medical sciences from the University of Leuven, Belgium. Nawrot currently works as a full professor of environmental epidemiology at Hasselt University and part time (20%) associate professor at Leuven University. His research focus on health effects of environmental pollutants on ageing including effects in early life. He has published over 200 scientific research papers including top medical journals as Lancet and British Medical Journal. He served as advisor on national and international panels in the field of environmental health including the World Health Organization and participated in the Vilnius declaration (EU summit on air pollution). In 2008 and 2012, he was laureate of Belgian Academies of Medicine for his work on biological ageing and environmental epidemiology, respectively. In 2013, he was awarded a prestigious starting grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

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Robert Malina, Hasselt University

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Steven Barrett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Dr Lidia Casas, KU Leuven

Lidia Casas is a FWO post-doctoral researcher in environmental epidemiology at the Centre Environment and Health (KU Leuven). She has a degree in Medicine (2003) and specialty in Preventive Medicine and Public Health (2008), a master in Public Health (2005), and a PhD in Biomedicine (2013). Previously, she has worked at the ISGlobal (Spain), the Helmholtz Zentrüm München (Germany), the University of Wisconsin (USA) and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland). She is member of the Belgian Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society, and she is associate editor of BMC Pulmonary Medicine. Her research focuses on the health effects indoor and outdoor pollution, including air pollutants, green spaces, and indoor microbial diversity.

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Benoit Nemery de Bellevaux, KU Leuven

Ben Nemery is holder of degrees in medicine, occupational medicine and toxicology. He has been affiliated with the Medical Faculty of the KU Leuven since 1987. He founded the research unit of Lung Toxicology, a joint venture between the departments of Pneumology and of Occupational, Environmental and Insurance Medicine. He teaches toxicology and occupational medicine, mainly at postgraduate level. He holds a weekly outpatient clinic for occupational pulmonary disorders. His research involves experimental as well as clinical-epidemiological studies in the mechanisms of lung disease caused by occupational and environmental pollutants. Recently he has concentrated on occupational and environmental health in the South, especially Africa.

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Prof Dr Chris Van Hoof, imec and KU Leuven

Chris Van Hoof is Senior Director Connected Health Solutions at imec in Eindhoven and Leuven, where his teams provide innovative solutions for patient monitoring, preventive health and disease interception. Chris has taken connected health from embryonic research to a business line serving international customers. Chris likes to make things that really work and apart from delivering industry-relevant qualified solutions to customers, his work resulted in five startups (four in the healthcare domain). After receiving a PhD from the University of Leuven in 1992 in collaboration with imec, Chris has held positions as manager and director in diverse fields (sensors, imagers, 3D integration, MEMS, energy harvesting, body area networks, biomedical electronics, wearable health). He has published over 700 papers in journals and conference proceedings and has given over 100 invited talks. Chris is also full professor at the University of Leuven.

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Prof Dr Pieter Vandervoort, Hasselt University and Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg

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Dr Valerie Storms, Mobile Health Unit

Valerie Storms is program manager of the Mobile Health Unit, a center of expertise in mobile healthcare, build on the collaboration between three organizations; Hasselt University, Jessa Hospital (Hasselt) and Hospital East-Limburg (Genk). dr. Storms is member of the HealthCare research group of the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences at Hasselt University. She is responsible for research and innovation projects focusing on digital technology development & validation and HTA of new mHealth services. dr. Storms is an active member in different mHealth expert groups. She holds a PhD in Bio-Informatics and a masters degree in Bio-Engineering both from the KU Leuven.

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Prof Daniele Magazzeni, King's College London

Daniele Magazzeni is Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence at King's College London, where he leads the Trusted Autonomous Systems Hub. His research interests are in Safe, Trusted, and Explainable AI, with a particular focus on AI Planning for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Human-Autonomy Teaming. He is co-chair of the first Workshop on Explainable Planning at ICAPS-18, and co-chair of the second Workshop on Explainable AI at IJCAI-18. Daniele is the President Elect of the Executive Council of the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). He recently founded the advisory company AIDEAS

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Prof Virginia Dignum, Umeå University

Virginia Dignum is Professor of Social Artificial Intelligence at University of Umeå in Sweden. Her research focuses on the ethical and societal impact of AI. She is a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI), a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, and of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous Systems. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for her work on computational agent-based organizational frameworks. She a well-known speaker on the social and ethical impacts of Artificial Intelligence, and is member of program committees of all major journals and conferences in AI.

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Ann Nowé, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Dr Steven Hill, Higher Education Funding Council for England

Steven Hill is Director of Research at Research England, a council of UK Research and Innovation. At Research England Steven is responsible for research funding and assessment, open research, public engagement and impact. He is the chair of the steering group for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. Steven transferred into Research England from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Previously Steven was Head of the Strategy Unit at Research Councils UK, and had several roles in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, working on evidence-based policy making. Earlier in his career Steven was a university lecturer at the University of Oxford where his research focused on plant biology.

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Rudi Pauwels

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Prof Stijn Oosterlynck, University of Antwerp

Stijn Oosterlynck is associate professor in Urban Sociology at the Department of Sociology at the University of Antwerp. He chairs the Centre for Research in Ecological and Social Change (CRESC) and the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute. His research is concerned with solidarity in diversity, urban poverty and diversity policies, civil society innovation, urban social innovation and welfare state restructuring and urban social renewal strategies. He coordinated the SBO project Diversiteit en Gemeenschapsvorming (DieGem, 2013-2016) on place-based forms of solidarity in diversity and is currently the coordinator of the SBO project Civil Society Innovation Flanders (CSI Flanders, 2016-2019).

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Filippo Addarii, Plus Value

Filippo Addarii is Founding Partner and CEO of PlusValue, a London-based research and consultancy firm that provides bespoke solutions to align public and private interests. Over the last 15 years, Filippo has advised national and international public institutions, corporations and not-for-profit organisations on innovation strategies for socio-economic development and urban regeneration. In 2018, he sees the final strand of his vision come into view: the creation of an impact investing vehicle, the Impact Alliance Fund, currently fundraising for an €80m impact equity fund. Filippo is co-founder of Nethical and was Director of International Strategy at The Young Foundation and co-founder and first Executive Director of Euclid Network.

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Prof Koenraad Debackere, Centre for Research & Development Monitoring (Expertisecentrum Onderzoek en Ontwikkelingsmonitoring – ECOOM)

Koenraad Debackere is a professor of Technology and Innovation Management & Policy at KU Leuven since 1995. He has degrees in engineering and business. He was a visiting doctoral student and Fulbright post-doctoral fellow at MIT Sloan School and obtained best paper awards from the TIM Division of the American Academy of Management, the Decision Sciences Institute and the International Association for the Management of Technology. In 2006 he was awarded the Prize for Scientific Excellence of the Belgian Entreprise Foundation (VBO). In 2007 he received an honorary professorship from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. He is the managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development and chairman of the KU Leuven seed fund, Gemma Frisius. He is co-founder and chairman of Leuven.Inc, the innovation network of Leuven high-tech entrepreneurs. Since 2005, he is the general manager of KU Leuven. In 2015, he was appointed chairman of EIT Health e.V. --- a KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

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Prof Dr Isak Froumin, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

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Prof David Dill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Prof Jonathan Jansen, University of Stellenbosch

Jonathan Jansen is a senior professor formerly associated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. Apart from having served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, he is also the president of both the South African Institute of Race Relations and the South African Academy of Science. 

He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after he had completed his science degree at the University of the Western Cape. He went on to obtain an MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. Jansen also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University.

In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, as well as the University of California's Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy and human rights. The next year, he won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities for his book Knowledge in the Blood (published by Stanford University Press). 

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Prof Dr Jan De Groof, Tilburg University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow and College of Europe (Bruges)

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Iuliu Sorin Pop, Hasselt University

Iuliu Sorin Pop is Professor of Computational Mathematics at the Hasselt University (Belgium) and the University of Bergen (Norway). His research interest is in the mathematical analysis, numerical simulation and the upscaling of mathematical models for reactive flow and transport in complex media. Recent research themes include nonequilibrium models for subsurface flows, dissolution and precipitation in porous media, or non-isothermal flow and transport in geothermal reservoirs.

He is Associate Editor for Computational Geosciences and for Journal of Numerical Analysis and Approximation Theory, and was (co-)chair and (co-)organiser of several conferences and scientific meetings. He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and of the interPore Society. Currently he is Program Director of the Activity Group on Geosciences of SIAM. In 2015 he was awarded the InterPore Procter & Gamble Award for Porous Media Research, and in 2016 he recieved an FWO Odysseus Group I grant.

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Susan Schlenner, KU Leuven

(Susan Schlenner) My interest in creating molecular and genetic tools to study T cell development and fate in vivo traces back to my PhD during which I was able to equip myself with the methodology required to perform high-level in vivo cellular and genetic studies. I generated new mutant mice that allowed tracing the fate of early T cell progenitors in the unperturbed condition. This work changed our understanding on the developmental plasticity of T cell progenitors.

To become an expert on Treg, I joined the laboratory of Prof Harald von Boehmer at the Harvard Medical School/DFCI. I chose to investigate control over the Foxp3 gene, the master transcription factor for the generation of Treg. My work focused on Smad3, the downstream mediator of TGFβ signalling, and its binding site in the Foxp3 locus. My results were the first to show that previous data based on non-specific knock-out approaches over-estimated the importance of this pathway in the general biology of Treg, while also missing the particular importance found in Treg that inhabit the gut.

To start my independent academic career and achieve my research aims, I joined the Autoimmune Genetics laboratory (head: Prof Adrian Liston). I successfully applied for the prestigious Pegasus-long Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellowship to fund my position (FWO, 2012). Over a few years I have independently moved out from the focus of the Autoimmune Genetics laboratory to build an independent group-within-a-group focused on T cell plasticity. Furthermore, within my research group I have set up a genome-engineering platform using the latest CrispR technology in embryonic stem cells as well as other cell lines, which has developed into the MutaMouse transgenic core facility at the KU Leuven.

With the appointment of assistant professor at the KU Leuven, my main research focus is the plasticity of T cells with particular attention (but not exclusively) to Treg.

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Vito Adriaensens, University of Antwerp

Vito Adriaensens is a visiting scholar and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University's Film Department in New York, supported by a [PEGASUS]2 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Project and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) through the University of Antwerp’s Research Centre for Visual Poetics

He is the co-author of Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema(with Steven Jacobs, Susan Felleman and Lisa Colpaert, 2017); the author of the upcoming monograph Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema (2018); a co-editor of the Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film special issue The Actress-Manager and Early Film(with Victoria Duckett, 2018); and the editor of an upcoming volume on The Tableau Vivant(2019).

His current research project, From New Stagecraft to New Cinema: Silent Film Performs the Avant-Garde, is an intermedial undertaking geared towards redefining the evolution of cinema against developments in the historical avant-garde in performing arts. Vito is currently also on the executive committee of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema.

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Eva-Marlene Schäfers, Ghent University

Marlene Schäfers holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and is currently a FWO [Pegasus]2 Marie-Curie Skłodowska post-doctoral fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Research Group (MENARG) at Ghent University. Her research focuses on the impact of state violence on intimate and gendered lives, the politics of memory and history, and the intersections of affect and politics. She specializes in the anthropology of modern Turkey and its Kurdish regions, where she is interested in the ways in which ethnic and gendered difference are constructed, articulated and governed. At Ghent University, she is co-founder of the Centre for Anthropological Research on Affect and Materiality (CARAM). 

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Erica Lutes, Fulbright Belgium

Erica Lutes is the Executive Director of the Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States, Belgium, and Luxembourg, which administers the Fulbright Belgium, Fulbright Luxembourg, and Fulbright Schuman programs. She is a specialist in European and U.S. higher education. Erica graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2002 with a degree in international relations and attended Yale University from 1999-2000. She holds three master's degrees from KU Leuven in political economy, conflict and peace studies, and international business. Prior to joining the Fulbright Commission, Erica worked on the European Sales desk for Goldman Sachs and served as the staff aide to the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. When not at the Fulbright Commission, Erica is a lecturer at Odisee University College and gives indoor cycling and yoga classes in her adopted hometown of Leuven.

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Dr Tim Smith, CERN Collaboration and Information Services

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Prof Karel Luyben, TU Delft

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Prof Dr Tom Coenye, Ghent University

Tom Coenye leads the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology (LPM) at Ghent University. In the LPM, the ‘social behaviour’ (including biofilm formation, cell-cell communication, and host-pathogen interactions) of a wide range of microorganisms are studied, both in single and multispecies consortia, and within the context of a wide range of infectious diseases (including acne, chronically infected wounds and chronic respiratory tract infections in cystic fibrosis patients). Tom Coenye is head of the department of Pharmaceutical Analysis and a member of the Ghent University Research Council.

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Prof Stephen Curry, Imperial College London

Stephen Curry is a Professor of Structural Biology in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College, where he is also Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. In addition Stephen writes regularly about scientific life and research culture on his Reciprocal Space blog and at the Guardian, covering topics such as open access, research assessment and science policy. An active campaigner, Stephen is a founder member of Science is Vital, a member of the board of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, and chair of the steering group of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

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Prof Véronique Van Speybroeck, Ghent University – Onderzoekers voor een sterker FWO

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Prof Stan Gielen, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

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Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch, Head of Research Affairs, Science Europe

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Dr René von Schomberg, European Commission

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Dr Anne Snick

Anne Snick (PhD in Pedagogic Sciences and a Bacherlor’s degree in Philosophy – KU Leuven) works around epistemological and pedagogical questions in response to diverse social challenges. For ten years, she was linked to the KU Leuven as a researcher (with assignments including the European projects Women in Decision Making and ETGACE). From 1995 to 2002, she worked in the Universitair Centrum Kortenberg as coordinator of a therapeutic group for adolescents predominantly from underprivileged families. With that experience, she became the coordinator of Flora vzw, a Belgian federal knowledge network that—through co-creation of knowledge with women in poverty—performed research into systemic causes of poverty, and into levers for a (socially and ecologically) more sustainable system. Anne Snick was also head author of a guide to financial innovation (community funds) for local administrations and organisations.

In 2012, on assignment from the Institute Society and Technology (IST), she was involved with the Wise Sciences project that investigated which conditions of the R&I system can contribute to solutions for complex social challenges. On the basis of the results, the H2020 project FoTRRIS (Fostering the Transition towards Responsible R&I Systems) was developed from VITO, with Snick collaborating as senior researcher. FoTRRIS developed and validated a conceptual and methodological framework for RRI in which system thinking (non-linear systems) and co-creation (or transdisciplinarity) for the ‘common good’ (as described by the Sustainable Development Goals) are central, hence ‘CO-RRI’. Presently, she gives freelance lectures and workshops around CO-RRI in Flanders and internationally. At the same time, she is a committee member of the Club of Rome – EU Chapter.

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Prof Willy Verstraete, FWO

Willy Verstraete was born in Beernem on 25 April 1946. In 1968, he graduated from Ghent University as a bioengineer. He completed his doctorate on Microbiology at Cornell University, Ithaca (USA).

Since 1971, he has worked at Ghent University, first as an assistant and  as Professor and Head of the Laboratory for Microbial Ecology and Technology from 1979. In October 2011, he was recognised as Professor Emeritus.

The central theme of his research is Microbial Resource Management; in other words: the subject, working and control of processes mediated by mixed microbial cultures.

Between 2008 and 2012, he was a member of the European Research Council (ERC) in the area of Life Sciences. From 2008 to 2013, he was a member of the Industrieel Onderzoeksfonds (‘Industrial Research Fund’ in English) at Ghent University. From 2010 to 2015, he was Chairperson of the Multiple Research Partnership ‘Biotechnology for a sustainable economy’ at Ghent University. Since 2016, he has been Chairperson of the FWO.

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Prof Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven and the Young Academy

Ine Van Hoyweghen is Professor at the Centre for Sociological Research of the University of Leuven. Her research is in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS), with a focus on the social aspects of biomedical innovation in the EU. She is Head of the Life Sciences & Society Lab and founding board member of the Leuven Institute for human Genomics and Society (LIGAS). She is an Alumnus of the Young Academy (JA) of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) and founding Chair of the Belgian Science, Technology & Society (B.STS) Network.

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Dr Janet Metcalfe, Vitae

Dr Janet Metcalfe is Head of Vitae, an international programme leading world-class career and professional development for researchers. She manages Vitae’s activities on the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the UK process for the HR Excellence in Research Award. She led the development the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (2010), which describes the knowledge, skills and attributes of highly effective researchers.

Recent projects include an EURAXESS project on the intersectoral mobility of researchers and the exploration of the wellbeing and mental health of doctoral researchers. Publications includes ‘What do research staff do next?’ on the careers of postdoctoral researchers who work beyond academia. She manages two large scale surveys of researchers’ views and experiences: the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). Janet was a member of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Advisory Group (2013 –2017).

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Dr Jan J.H. van den Biesen, EUROPOLARIS

Jan van den Biesen studied as physicist at Leiden University and spent one year as a postdoc at the University of California (Berkeley) before joining Philips in 1983 to work on semiconductor research. Three years later, he was seconded for one year to Hitachi’s central research laboratory in Tokyo. From 1990 to 1992, he was responsible for liaising with Dutch public authorities about Philips’s participation in national R&D programmes. In 1997, Jan van den Biesen became responsible for developing Philips’s policy regarding publicly funded programmes for collaborative R&D and coordinating Philips’s worldwide participation in such programmes.

A vice president of Philips Research since 2000, he became Head of Public R&D Programmes in 2007. In May 2017, he established himself as an independent advisor under the business name EUROPOLARIS—European Policy Advice and Research & Innovation Strategies.

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Dr Jacqueline M. Olich, RTI International

Dr. Jacqueline Olich is an administrator, educator, author, speaker, and entrepreneur with experience building partnerships and developing innovative interdisciplinary projects. As RTI International’s Senior Director of University Collaborations, she leads the institute’s University Collaboration Office (UCO), which serves as a catalyst and hub for outreach at the university level, developing and managing partnerships with leading academic institutions. She establishes networks to link ideas and people, oversees the RTI University Scholars Program and the RTI Internship Program, and monitors a $49 million shared research portfolio with North Carolina universities. Dr. Olich received a Triangle Business Journal 2017 Women in Business Award for her commitment to mentorship. Dr. Olich is an adjunct associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Leadership Program.

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Dr Barbara Janssens, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

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Matthias Heyman, Antwerp University

Matthias Heyman, alumnus at the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire, conducted research into the life and work of jazz double bassist Jimmie Blanton (1918–42), at the University of Antwerp between 2012 and 2017. In doing so, he became the first in Belgium to complete a PhD on jazz. Without any prior academic training, but drawing on his background as a performing musician, Matthias was looking for the ideal cross-pollination of academic and artistic disciplines.   In this presentation, he will speak about the challenges and opportunities of such interdisciplinary research, and also give a musical demonstration of his findings.

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Prof Arne Verliefde, Ghent University

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Dr Ir Sebastiaan Derese, MSc. Eng, Ghent University

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Dr Sam Illingworth, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Sam Illingworth is a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. His research involves developing dialogue between scientists and non-scientists through the use of poetry and games. You can find out more about Sam and his research by visiting his website: www.samillingworth.com

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Prof Lokke Moerel, Morrison Foerster

Lokke Moerel is professor of global ICT law at Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and Senior Of Counsel with Morrison & Foerster (Berlin). Her work with large U.S. tech giants on their strategic privacy and ethical issues has made her an expert on big data and artificial intelligence (AI).  Lokke is a member of the Dutch Cyber Security Council (the advisory body of the Dutch cabinet on cybersecurity). In 2016, Ms. Moerel was appointed to be the co-author of the annual public advice to the Dutch government on behalf of the Dutch Lawyers Society (under auspices of the Dutch Supreme Court) on Big Data and the Internet of Things (http://ssrn.com/abstract=2784123). In 2018 Lokke received the International Law Office Client Choice Award for best Tech-lawyer Germany. See for her Tedx talk on AI and Ethics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPyHf4IWDQc

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Mićo Tatalović

Mićo Tatalović has just completed the Knight Science Journalism fellowship at MIT, in Cambridge, US. Before that he was a science news editor, first at SciDev.Net and then at New Scientist. He’s originally from Rijeka, Croatia, and is still actively involved in promoting science journalism in the region, through initiatives such as the Balkan School of Science Journalism and Balkan Science Beat. He studied biology at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and then science communication at Imperial College London, where he researched the role of comic books in communicating science and published a paper Science comics as tools for science education and communication: a brief, exploratory study based on his master’s thesis Communication of science and the representation of science and scientists in science comics.

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Prof Roeland Samson, University of Antwerp

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Jo Decuyper, Director RVO-Society

Jo Decuyper studied physics and computer science at the Free University of Brussels. He obtained a MS degree in theoretical physics and a BS in artificial intelligence. He was a researcher in diverse fields including non-linear partial differential equations, neural networks, genetic algorithms, computer algebra systems, parallel computing and qualitative physics. After obtaining a Phd in Science he joined the Flemish Government in 1993 where he became head of the science policy division. In this function he was responsible for policy research, science communication and international scientific cooperation. In 2000, Jo Decuyper joined imec to start the Roger Van Overstraeten Society, RVO-Society. RVO-Society strives to close the gap between today’s technological research and education. The central focus is the societal relevance of technology and science, and in particular the challenge of climate change and the need for a more caring, inclusive society. Recently RVO-Society has been appointed as host for the Flemish Citizen Science office, a task Jo has taken up with great enthusiasm.

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Maike Weissplug, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

Dr. Maike Weißpflug is a researcher at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin where she explores the transformations of the science system, especially in the fields of citizen science and open science. A political theorist by training, she also works on human-nature-relations and the Anthropocene debate, focusing on the changing public role of natural history museums. She studied political science, philosophy and German literature at RWTH Aachen University. In her dissertation, she re-examined Hannah Arendt’s political philosophy and her liberating attitude towards the world.

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Hans Van de Water, Coordinator of the Flemish Science Agenda

Hans Van de Water is coordinating the Flemish Science Agenda for the FWO. As well as this, he is an international performance coach and expert in scientific communication. Through his company, The Floor is Yours, he trains researchers and professionals to deliver more effective presentations. Furthermore, he is the founder of De Wetenschapsbattle/Battle of the Scientists, a competition in which researchers present their work to primary school children. Together with Toon Verlinden, he wrote the book The Floor is Yours: leren presenteren van brainstorm tot applaus.

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Dr Jan Seys, Head of Communication Department, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

Dr Jan Seys is the communications manager at the VLIZ (Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee – or Flanders Marine Institute) and former chairperson of the European Marine Board Communications Panel (2010–2017). The first ten years of his career as a marine biologist were devoted to Belgian and Dutch sea and estuary research, with two years as a manager in a bilateral collaborative sea-science project between Belgium and Kenya. Since 2000, through VLIZ, he has immersed himself in scientific communication and education. From a specific interest in involving the broad public, he has become the driving force behind two sea-related Citizen Science projects in Belgium (SeaWatch-B and the Grote Schelpenteldag or Big Shell Counting Day). Dr Seys is also one of the pioneers of the Ocean Literacy movement in Europe and an organiser of events including the First Conference on Ocean Literacy in Europe (12 October 2012, Bruges) and CommOCEAN 2016.

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Lieven De Maertelaere, Belga News Agency

Lieven De Maertelaere has been working at the Belga News Agency since 2007. Initially a news manager, since last year he has been Manager for Media. Before he came to Belga, he worked at radio station Qmusic as an editor for the radio news. De Maertelaere is also one of the docents for the Belga workshops. He primarily gives media training. 

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Patrick Vankwikelberge, University Ghent

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Richard Hudson has been a leading science and technology journalist in Europe for more than 30 years. In 2004 he co-founded London- and Brussels-based Science Business Publishing Ltd., a media and communications company focused on research and innovation in Europe; he is currently editor-in-chief and vice chair of the Board of Directors. Previously, he was with the Wall Street Journal for 25 years, as reporter, technology editor and, from 1997 to 2003, managing editor of the European edition. He began his career at the Boston Globe.

He is co-author of a book, now a best-seller in 13 languages, on how bad math on Wall Street leads to big losses. He wrote it with famed Yale/IBM mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot: The (mis)Behavior of Markets: A fractal view of risk, ruin & reward.” It won the Business Book of the Year award at the 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair, and according to Die Zeit, was read and “mentioned again and again in conversation” by Angela Merkel after the 2008 crash.

He is a graduate of Harvard College, a former Knight Fellow at MIT, and lives in Brussels.

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Toon Verlinden, The Floor is Yours

 Toon Verlinden and Hans Van de Water joined forces in 2012 to establish The Floor is Yours. Since then, they have trained thousands of researchers in the art of giving effective presentations. After all, life is too short for bad presentations, right?  

Toon Verlinden is an international presentation coach and an expert in scientific communication. He is also a freelance science and travel journalist and organiser of the scientific festival Sound of Science.

 

 

 

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Ann De Ron, FishGrowFeet

Ann De Ron has been training researchers in popular scientific writing at Ghent University, VUB, Hasselt University, KU Leuven, the Let’s Talk Science Summer School Science Communication programme and the Flemish PhD Cup. She worked for ten years as a journalist at publications including De Morgen, Knack, MO*Magazine and Natuur & Techniek science magazine (which is now the Dutch-language version of New Scientist). Ann De Ron also coordinated WeCom, a communication project for scientists. Her education includes a degree in Biology, supplemented with a BaNaBa in Intercultural Management. 

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Hans Willems, Secretary General

Hans Willems is the Secretary General of the FWO. Trained as a historian, he researched the liberalisation of the Belgian stock exchange in the 19th century for his PhD. After completing his studies in History at the VUB, he initially started working at the University of Antwerp as a researcher and then as a candidate of the FWO. In 2007, after his doctorate, he joined the staff of the FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen or ‘Research Foundation – Flanders’ in English), the most important financier for fundamental scientific research and strategic basic research in Flanders. Since 2010, he has been the Director for Research Policy, responsible for leading the FWO financing channels in the right direction and leading the policy cell within the FWO. In 2016, together with Danny Huysmans, he filled the role of Acting Secretary General of the FWO. He is a member of the General Assembly of Science Europe, the management committee at the Flemish government department of Economy, Science and Innovation, and an observing member in the Hermes steering committee and the Steering Group for ECOOM (Expertisecentruum O&O Monitoring or ‘Centre for R&D Monitoring’ in English).

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Carolien Frijns, Arteveldehogeschool and KU Leuven

Carolien Frijns works at the KU Leuven researching Language Acquisition. For seven years, she was a researcher at the Centre for Language and Education (KU Leuven) and was a finalist in the Flemish PhD Cup. At present, she is a researcher and teacher trainer at the Artevelde University College. Her work focuses on equal education opportunities, task-oriented education and language and literacy development for disadvantaged groups. She is the co-author of Taal leren and writer of De vliegtuigklas. On her blog, BOOMerang, she writes about science, education and eyes that sparkle and twinkle.

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Vincent Ginis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sport

Philippe Muyters was born in Antwerp on 6 December 1961. After studying for his degree in Applied Economic Sciences, he built a career in the corporate world. When he was 30, he became Administrator General of the SERV (Social and Economic Council of Flanders).

In 1997, Muyters became Head of the VEV (Vlaams-Economisch Verbond which translates to ‘Flemish Economic Union’ in English). While there, he established Voka, a Flemish network of corporations, becoming the managing director.

In 2009, Muyters enthusiastically responded to an unexpected request from the N-VA political party to serve as a minister in the Flemish government. With a small but strong crew, he then spent years directing policy in the areas of finance, budget, spatial planning and work. The election on 25 May 2014 saw him return as a Flemish minister, this time as the Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sport, a portfolio that he was born for.

 

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Stein Aerts, KU Leuven and VIB

Stein Aerts is Professor at the Center for Human Genetics at KU Leuven and Group Leader at the VIB Center for Brain and Disease Research. His lab focuses on deciphering the genomic regulatory code, using a combination of single-cell and machine-learning approaches. He was awarded the AstraZeneca Foundation Award for Bioinformatics and holds an ERC Consolidator Grant.

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Matthew Holt, KU Leuven and VIB

Matthew Holt is based at the VIB-KU Leuven Centedr for Brain and Disease Research. He originally trained as a biochemist at the University of Liverpool, before pursuing research into the physiology of synaptic transmission at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, obtaining his Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge. He followed this with post-doctoral training in the lab of Reinhard Jahn at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. Since 2012, he has been an independent VIB group leader and Professor at the KU Leuven, working on the role of astrocyte-neuron interactions in control of CNS function.

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Michael MacDonald, RSP Centre for Conservation Science

Dr Michael MacDonald is originally from Australia, but has worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds since 2005. Initially he was involved in monitoring of agri-environment schemes, and research into lapwing breeding. More recently, he has been strongly involved in the RSPB’s ecosystem services work in the UK and elsewhere. He sits on the steering committee for TESSA (Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment) along with colleagues from BirdLife International and Cambridge University. His current work includes a project examining the reasons why farmers engage in conservation-friendly management.

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Stephane Berghmans, Elsevier

Stephane Berghmans is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine who obtained his Ph.D. studying epigenetic mechanisms of inheritance and developing expertise in genetics and molecular biology at the University of Liege (Belgium). 

As a Vice President of Global Strategic Networks for the E.U. at Elsevier, based in Brussels, Stephane is responsible for building and further developing relationships with academic institutions and EU representatives aimed at creating a better understanding of Elsevier’s role in the advancement of research and science. Deeply engaged in topics that are high on the EU agenda, such as Open Science, gender diversity and research evaluation, Stephane plays an essential role in educating stakeholders in the European scientific and political landscape on how Elsevier, and modern scientific information providers in general, can add value to further developing projects and policy in these areas.

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Ben Verhoeven

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Christoffel Waelkens, KU Leuven

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Kathleen Bracke, Universiteit van Vlaanderen

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Nele Witters, Universiteit Hasselt

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Veerle Van Linden, ILVO

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Jan Adriaenssens, Director City of things - imec

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Prof Véronique Halloin, Secretary-General of F.R.S.-FNRS

Véronique Halloin graduated in civil chemical engineering in 1986 and obtained a PhD in applied sciences in1992. She became full professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2000, at the head of the chemical engineering research group, and hold the position of vice-head and head of the bioengineering school from 2000 to 2006, and vice-rector in charge of research and development, from 2006 to 2008. Since October 2008, she is Secretary General of the F.R.S.-FNRS. She is member of several boards and organizations, such as Science Europe, Academia Belgica, Welbio, the Queen Elisabeth Medical Foundation, the Fulbright Commission Belgium, The Federal Council of Science Policy. She also acts as Belgian delegate at the CERN Finance Committee and General Council, and at the Global Science Forum (OCDE).

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Philip Blom

Philipp Blom was born in 1970 in Hamburg and grew up in Detmold, in Germany. After university studies in Vienna and Oxford, he obtained a D.Phil in Modern History.  He started writing at Oxford and published a novel as well as occasional journalism. After university, he worked in London as an editor, translator, writer and freelance journalist, contributing to newspapers,  magazines and radio programmes in Great Britain, the US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and France.

In 2001, Philipp Blom moved to Paris to concentrate on his books. In 2007 he settled in Vienna, where he continues to write historical nonfiction as well as fiction, and journalism. He presents a cultural discussion programme on Austrian national radio and has lectured on philosophy and cultural history in Europe, the US, and South America. He is married to Veronica Buckley, who is also a writer.

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Looking inside individual cells

There is great technological progress being made in the study of the smallest of elements of living organisms. This topic demonstrates the tremendous impact of the latest single-cell technologies on cell research, with the focus on single-cell sequencing. Single-cell sequencing shows, for example, which cancer cells develop resistance to therapy and allow cancers (that had seemed to be successfully treated) to recur, often accompanied by metastases.

Moderator: Matthew Hold, KU Leuven and VIB

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Diether Lambrechts, KU Leuven and VIB

Diether Lambrechts is group leader in the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology and Professor at the KU Leuven. Diether Lambrechts was trained as an engineer at the University of Leuven and worked under Peter Carmeliet on the role of vascular endothelial growth factor in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for his PhD and postdoc until 2007. He then worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford, England, before joining VIB as an independent VIB group leader. Since March 2015, Diether Lambrechts also acts as director of the VIB Center for Cancer Biology in Leuven.

Stein Aerts, KU Leuven and VIB

Stein Aerts is Professor at the Center for Human Genetics at KU Leuven and Group Leader at the VIB Center for Brain and Disease Research. His lab focuses on deciphering the genomic regulatory code, using a combination of single-cell and machine-learning approaches. He was awarded the AstraZeneca Foundation Award for Bioinformatics and holds an ERC Consolidator Grant.

Ana Cvejic, University of Cambridge

Ana Cvejic is a Faculty member at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and an Honorary Faculty member at the Sanger Institute. In 2008 Ana received her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol. She then moved to the University of Cambridge/Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to start a Postdoctoral Fellowship, with Professor Willem Ouwehand. In 2012 Ana was awarded the CRUK Career Development Fellowship to start her independent group. In 2015 Ana was awarded ERC Starting Grant and in 2016 EMBO Young Investigator award. With the principal expertise and research interest in the molecular regulation of blood stem cell fate choices Ana’s research sits at the intersection of molecular biology, genetics and systems biology and it closely couples experimental approaches and “big” biological data analysis.

Martin Guilliams, Ghent University and VIB

Matthew Holt, KU Leuven and VIB

Matthew Holt is based at the VIB-KU Leuven Centedr for Brain and Disease Research. He originally trained as a biochemist at the University of Liverpool, before pursuing research into the physiology of synaptic transmission at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, obtaining his Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge. He followed this with post-doctoral training in the lab of Reinhard Jahn at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. Since 2012, he has been an independent VIB group leader and Professor at the KU Leuven, working on the role of astrocyte-neuron interactions in control of CNS function.

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Blood vessel malformations: from old molecules to new medicines

In recent years the discovery of new genes underlying hereditary conditions affecting the major blood vessels in the human body has been accelerated by the availability of new sequencing technology. These molecular breakthroughs allow better clinical diagnosis and early detection of mutation carriers that are at risk for catastrophic vascular events. Even more important, these discoveries unveil unprecedented avenues for treatment strategies.

In this session, we will illustrate how this paves the way for true personalised medicine and highlight how new molecular insights have ameliorated our therapeutic arsenal in vascular disorders. We close the session with a short debate on the future developments.

Moderator: Prof Dr Bart Loeys, University of Antwerp

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Prof Dr Claire Shovlin, Imperial College London

Prof Dr Miikka Vikkula, de Duve Institute, UCLouvain

Prof Miikka Vikkula obtained his M.D. at the University of Helsinki in 1992 and his Ph.D. in molecular genetics, in 1993. He was a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School 1993-1997, during which time he became interested in vascular and lymphatic anomalies. With his wife, Prof Laurence Boon, Plastic Surgeon, Co-ordinator of the Vascular Anomaly Center, Brussels, he discovered the gene for familial venous malformation (1996), and since then many others. They settled in Brussels in 1997, where Dr Vikkula developed his own laboratory. He obtained a “docentship PhD” in 2000, and was nominated Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine (UCL). He is a member of the Directorate of the de Duve Institute since 2004, and a full professor of Human Genetics since 2013.

Prof Dr Bart Loeys, University of Antwerp

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The rise of the circular economy: a research agenda

A circular economy (CE) turns goods that are at the end of their service lives into resources for others, closing loops in industrial ecosystems and minimising waste. CE is a resource-driven concept of sustainability. It is currently a very popular concept promoted by the EU, several national governments and industrial actors; prominent stakeholders include recyclers, miners, designers, material scientists, industry, consumers and policy makers. 

However, the scientific and research content of the CE concept is superficial and disorganised. Proponents tend to look at the world purely as an engineering system and have overlooked the economic factors in the circular economy. It can be argued that certain circular economy activities can increase overall production, partially or fully offsetting the benefits, referred to as the circular economy rebound.

During this session, an interesting mix of experts with different backgrounds are brought together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the Circular Economy and to formulate a research agenda. A sound and well-balanced circular economy research agenda will contribute towards our aim of sustainability and in shaping our material future.

Moderator: Prof Steven Van Passel, University of Antwerp

Organizer: Prof Steven Van Passel, University of Antwerp and prof Karel Van Acker, KU Leuven

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Prof Nancy Bocken, Lund University and TU Delft

Nancy Bocken is Professor in Sustainable Business Management and Practice at Lund University, IIIEE in Sweden. She focuses on different approaches for sustainable business innovation such as experimentation and business model innovation. She is also Associate Professor at TU Delft, Industrial Design Engineering where she was awarded the TU Delft Technology Fellowship, and is Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership with develops and delivers executive programmes and education in sustainability leadership. Nancy co-founded HOMIE who are involved in ‘pay per use’ business models, starting with washing machines, to drive sustainable consumption and ‘circularity’.

Prof Jouni Korhonen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Prof Steven Van Passel, University of Antwerp

Steven Van Passel is Professor Environmental Economics at the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Applied Economics, Department of Engineering Management, 100%) and at Hasselt University (Faculty of Business Economics, Centre for Environmental Sciences, 10%). Steven Van Passel has a PhD in Agricultural Economics (Ghent University, 2007) and masters in Economics (KU Leuven, 2005) and in Bioscience Engineering (KU Leuven, 2002). His research concentrates on the economic and sustainability assessment of clean technology and agricultural systems and on the interaction between economy, technology and ecology. As an environmental economist, he is interested in conceptual and methodological aspects of assessing sustainability, the valuation of environmental and energy technologies and the economic impact of climate change.

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Ageing healthily

Ageing is one of the great challenges for the future. How will we care for a larger group of people who are in need of help? Will we be able to pay for that? Not every person who is 65 years and older needs care. The age at which we become dependent on care seems to have shifted to later in our lives. There are differences: some population groups stay healthy for longer. What is this due to? Can we do something about it ourselves? Is this ageing of the population a success of the medical and social progress, or is it a challenge?

Moderator: Prof Anja Declercq, KU Leuven

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Prof Jannique van Uffelen, KU Leuven

Jannique van Uffelen is a public health researcher with a background in Exercise Therapy (BHealth, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, 1998), Human Movement Sciences (MSc, VU Amsterdam, 2001) and Epidemiology (Msc, VU Amsterdam, 2006). After obtaining her PhD at the Vrije University Medical Centre in Amsterdam (2007), she held several research positions in Australia. She currently is professor at the KU Leuven. Jannique’s program of research, entitled ‘Active and Healthy Ageing’, consists of a series of studies addressing 1) patterns and determinants of sedentary behaviour and physical activity; 2) associations with health; and 3) development, implementation and evaluation of lifestyle interventions to promote health and wellbeing.

Prof Bart Van Rumste, KU Leuven

Bart Vanrumste received a MSc in electrical engineering and MSc in biomedical engineering both from Ghent University in 1994 and 1998, respectively. In 2001 he received a Ph.D. in engineering from the same institute entitled ‘EEG Dipole Source Analysis in a Realistic Head Model’. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow from 2001 until 2003 at the electrical & computer engineering department of the University Of Canterbury, New Zealand. From 2003 until 2005 he was post-doctoral fellow at the department of electrical engineering (ESAT)  in the STADIUS division at KU Leuven. In 2005 he was appointed professor in the engineering technology department at the ‘Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen’ in Geel and the ‘Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg. Both institutions are now integrated in the faculty of engineering technology of KU Leuven. Bart Vanrumste currently teaches courses in digital signal processing, digital image processing and machine learning. He is member of the eMedia research lab at Group T, member of the ESAT-STADIUS division and principle investigator of imec. His research interests are decision support in healthcare in general and  ICT applications in active assisted living in particular. His current research activities focus among other on multimodal sensor integration for monitoring of older persons and patients with chronic diseases. He is senior member of IEEE engineering in medicine and biology and member of the international society for bioelectromagnetism.

Prof Anja Declercq, KU Leuven

Anja Declercq studied applied economics and sociology and has a PhD in sociology. She currently is a professor at the faculty of social sciences (sociological research unit) and the head of the elderly care research unit at the LUCAS research institute, both at the KU Leuven. Her research deals with the organization of care for older persons, the quality of care and the quality of life of older people, and the analysis of societal changes that have an impact on older people and the care they need and receive.

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Quantum revolution

The construction of a digital society is intimately linked to an important scientific revolution of the 20th century: quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics thinks of energy and light or electrical charge and elasticity as consisting of elementary particles, or quanta—the smallest amount of any quantity. Belgium was a key player in the Solvay Conferences and the creation of the NFWO where fundamental research was recognised as being fundamentally important for society. Today, applications of quantum mechanics can be found everywhere, from lasers to electronics, from PET to MRI scans, and in areas where digital information is processed.

In this session, we will discuss the second quantum revolution: the coupling of quantum particles and their entanglement over great distances. All of this is underpinned experimentally and technologically by the possibility of manipulating individual atoms, light particles and electrons at the nanoscale.

Moderator: Prof Christian Maes, KU Leuven

Organizer: Prof Christian Maes, KU Leuven; prof Milos Nesladek, Hasselt University and prof Frank Verstraete, Ghent University

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Prof Fedor Jelezko, Ulm University

Prof Jörg Wrachtrup, University of Stuttgart

Prof Dr Ignacio Cirac, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

J. Ignacio Cirac graduated in Theoretical Physics and gained his PhD (Complutense University, Madrid, 1989 and 1991 resp). He was Associate Professor (University of Castilla-La Mancha, 1991-1996) and Professor of Theoretical Physics (University of Innsbruck, 1996-2001). Since 2001 he is director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics. As an expert in quantum computation and its application in the field of information, the focus of his research work is the quantum theory of information. He is member of the Spanish and German Academies of Science, holds six honorary doctorships, and has been awarded several prizes, including the Prince of Asturias (2006), the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge (2008), Franklin Medal (2010), and the Wolf prize (2013).

Prof Christian Maes, KU Leuven

Christian Maes is head of the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the KU Leuven.  He completed his PhD in 1988 at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) in mathematical physics. His research focuses primarily on statistical mechanics and the study of non-equilibria. He is a docent for stochastic processes and analytical and advanced quantum mechanics for Master’s students in Physics at the KU Leuven. For further information, see his webpage at https://fys.kuleuven.be/itf/staff/christ.

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Air quality and the impact on human health

Exposure to fine particulate matter (PM) as a part of ambient air pollution has a substantial impact on human health, resulting in, for example, cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, as well as respiratory diseases. Overall, the degraded air quality in Europe has been estimated to result in approximately 400,000 premature deaths annually, mostly caused by population exposure to fine particulate matter with a significant share coming from the transportation sector.

In the proposed sessions, the four panellists will discuss recent advances in the modelling and understanding of the impact of PM exposure on human health, with special emphasis being placed on new insights on the effects of the transportation sector, as well as the effect of PM on ageing, while also covering different geographical scales, from the Flemish to the European and global level.

Moderator: Benoit Nemery de Bellevaux, KU Leuven

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Tim Nawrot, Hasselt University

Tim Nawrot studied environmental health sciences at Maastricht University and Vermont Medical School, US. In 2005, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in medical sciences from the University of Leuven, Belgium. Nawrot currently works as a full professor of environmental epidemiology at Hasselt University and part time (20%) associate professor at Leuven University. His research focus on health effects of environmental pollutants on ageing including effects in early life. He has published over 200 scientific research papers including top medical journals as Lancet and British Medical Journal. He served as advisor on national and international panels in the field of environmental health including the World Health Organization and participated in the Vilnius declaration (EU summit on air pollution). In 2008 and 2012, he was laureate of Belgian Academies of Medicine for his work on biological ageing and environmental epidemiology, respectively. In 2013, he was awarded a prestigious starting grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

Robert Malina, Hasselt University

Steven Barrett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr Lidia Casas, KU Leuven

Lidia Casas is a FWO post-doctoral researcher in environmental epidemiology at the Centre Environment and Health (KU Leuven). She has a degree in Medicine (2003) and specialty in Preventive Medicine and Public Health (2008), a master in Public Health (2005), and a PhD in Biomedicine (2013). Previously, she has worked at the ISGlobal (Spain), the Helmholtz Zentrüm München (Germany), the University of Wisconsin (USA) and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland). She is member of the Belgian Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society, and she is associate editor of BMC Pulmonary Medicine. Her research focuses on the health effects indoor and outdoor pollution, including air pollutants, green spaces, and indoor microbial diversity.

Benoit Nemery de Bellevaux, KU Leuven

Ben Nemery is holder of degrees in medicine, occupational medicine and toxicology. He has been affiliated with the Medical Faculty of the KU Leuven since 1987. He founded the research unit of Lung Toxicology, a joint venture between the departments of Pneumology and of Occupational, Environmental and Insurance Medicine. He teaches toxicology and occupational medicine, mainly at postgraduate level. He holds a weekly outpatient clinic for occupational pulmonary disorders. His research involves experimental as well as clinical-epidemiological studies in the mechanisms of lung disease caused by occupational and environmental pollutants. Recently he has concentrated on occupational and environmental health in the South, especially Africa.

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Explainable Artificial Intelligence

Today, most powerful AI approaches, especially data-mining approaches, deliver black boxes. They typically require big data sets, a lot of computing power and have a large energy footprint. For possible application domains, the black box aspect is unacceptable and has been put at threat by Article 22 of the new General EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that requires all AI with an impact on human lives to be accountable. In this Knowledge Makers session, we are going to zoom in on some issues concerning these black boxes and explore alternatives. We will touch upon issues of explainability, transparency, fairness and other aspects related to ethics. 

Moderator: Ann Nowé, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Prof Daniele Magazzeni, King's College London

Daniele Magazzeni is Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence at King's College London, where he leads the Trusted Autonomous Systems Hub. His research interests are in Safe, Trusted, and Explainable AI, with a particular focus on AI Planning for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Human-Autonomy Teaming. He is co-chair of the first Workshop on Explainable Planning at ICAPS-18, and co-chair of the second Workshop on Explainable AI at IJCAI-18. Daniele is the President Elect of the Executive Council of the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). He recently founded the advisory company AIDEAS

Prof Virginia Dignum, Umeå University

Virginia Dignum is Professor of Social Artificial Intelligence at University of Umeå in Sweden. Her research focuses on the ethical and societal impact of AI. She is a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI), a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, and of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous Systems. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for her work on computational agent-based organizational frameworks. She a well-known speaker on the social and ethical impacts of Artificial Intelligence, and is member of program committees of all major journals and conferences in AI.

Ann Nowé, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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‘How hybrid are today’s universities?’ Applying the principles of good governance, also as a turning point in the relationship between university and government

Good governance is mainly concerned with steering, managing and controlling, organising and implementing, internal supervision and accountability, and with ‘checks and balances’. This is especially true in ‘hybrid’ institutions—a grouping that includes universities as a result of their varying task profiles.

Good governance is also interwoven with a culture that exists within institution and among their staff. What is it lacking—probably to varying degrees—in Flemish universities? Governance structures and decision-making processes should promote and objectify quality, innovation, competition and performance, making them more transparent. But is there need for new forms of governance, management, policy and personnel management, not only now but also in the longer term (2030–2050)? Does this call for a new vision of better management? And does it include the government?

Good governance thus becomes the counterpart of the claim for greater autonomy of both institutions and scientists. This results in less regulatory pressure from the government and gives for researchers and research groups more room, freeing them from the bureaucracy of the university.

The commitment must be made explicit to reduce the (internal and external) regulatory framework, while at the same time guaranteeing academic freedom and integrity. There is a great deal to be done. And what are the best practices?  Should we not advocate for a new relationship between university and government, a kind of social contract? And for non-mandatory rules and general principles aimed at transparency and comparability between institutions?

Moderator: Prof Dr Jan De Groof, Tilburg University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow and College of Europe (Bruges)

Organizer: Prof Dr Jan De Groof, Tilburg University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow and College of Europe (Bruges)

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Prof Dr Isak Froumin, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Prof David Dill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Prof Jonathan Jansen, University of Stellenbosch

Jonathan Jansen is a senior professor formerly associated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. Apart from having served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, he is also the president of both the South African Institute of Race Relations and the South African Academy of Science. 

He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after he had completed his science degree at the University of the Western Cape. He went on to obtain an MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. Jansen also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University.

In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, as well as the University of California's Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy and human rights. The next year, he won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities for his book Knowledge in the Blood (published by Stanford University Press). 

Prof Dr Jan De Groof, Tilburg University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow and College of Europe (Bruges)

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Open Science/Open Data

Open science/open data is heavily promoted as a paradigm shift for science and the handling of research data, but the term ‘open science’ sometimes carries completely different meanings. Time to put things straight: what do we mean by ‘open science’, and what are the expected benefits? What is the link between open data and open access, and how far along are we with their practical implementation in Flanders and Europe?

Moderator: Prof Stephen Curry, Imperial College London

Organizer: FWO

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Dr Tim Smith, CERN Collaboration and Information Services

Prof Karel Luyben, TU Delft

Prof Dr Tom Coenye, Ghent University

Tom Coenye leads the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology (LPM) at Ghent University. In the LPM, the ‘social behaviour’ (including biofilm formation, cell-cell communication, and host-pathogen interactions) of a wide range of microorganisms are studied, both in single and multispecies consortia, and within the context of a wide range of infectious diseases (including acne, chronically infected wounds and chronic respiratory tract infections in cystic fibrosis patients). Tom Coenye is head of the department of Pharmaceutical Analysis and a member of the Ghent University Research Council.

Stephane Berghmans, Elsevier

Stephane Berghmans is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine who obtained his Ph.D. studying epigenetic mechanisms of inheritance and developing expertise in genetics and molecular biology at the University of Liege (Belgium). 

As a Vice President of Global Strategic Networks for the E.U. at Elsevier, based in Brussels, Stephane is responsible for building and further developing relationships with academic institutions and EU representatives aimed at creating a better understanding of Elsevier’s role in the advancement of research and science. Deeply engaged in topics that are high on the EU agenda, such as Open Science, gender diversity and research evaluation, Stephane plays an essential role in educating stakeholders in the European scientific and political landscape on how Elsevier, and modern scientific information providers in general, can add value to further developing projects and policy in these areas.

Prof Stephen Curry, Imperial College London

Stephen Curry is a Professor of Structural Biology in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College, where he is also Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. In addition Stephen writes regularly about scientific life and research culture on his Reciprocal Space blog and at the Guardian, covering topics such as open access, research assessment and science policy. An active campaigner, Stephen is a founder member of Science is Vital, a member of the board of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, and chair of the steering group of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

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Blanton the (R)evolutionary

Matthias Heyman, alumnus of the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, conducted research into the life and work of jazz double bassist Jimmie Blanton (1918–42). Pursuing this study at the University of Antwerp between 2012 and 2017, he became the first person in Belgium to complete a PhD on Jazz. Without any prior academic training, but drawing on his background as a performing musician, Matthias was looking for the ideal cross-pollination of academic and artistic disciplines. In this presentation, he speaks about the challenges and opportunities of such interdisciplinary research, and also give a musical demonstration of his findings.

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Matthias Heyman, Antwerp University

Matthias Heyman, alumnus at the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire, conducted research into the life and work of jazz double bassist Jimmie Blanton (1918–42), at the University of Antwerp between 2012 and 2017. In doing so, he became the first in Belgium to complete a PhD on jazz. Without any prior academic training, but drawing on his background as a performing musician, Matthias was looking for the ideal cross-pollination of academic and artistic disciplines.   In this presentation, he will speak about the challenges and opportunities of such interdisciplinary research, and also give a musical demonstration of his findings.

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Recycling urine: the SATURN concept

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Prof Arne Verliefde, Ghent University

Dr Ir Sebastiaan Derese, MSc. Eng, Ghent University

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Ethics in the age of AI

Most companies already deploy machine learning algorithms, which are algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data, but cannot explain their outcomes (they are a ‘black box’).  Although the GDPR does not provide for compliance requirements specific to applying machine learning algorithms, the combined requirements of the GDPR entail that machine learning algorithms need to be designed, developed and applied in a transparent, predictable and verifiable manner (‘Algorithmic Accountability’). This is also in line with recent guidance on deployment of AI issued by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Lokke will explain what Algorithmic Accountability means, and how organizations can implement this in practice.  She will further explore the ethical rules in play and how to deploy these to ensure AI applications can obtain societal acceptance and are therefore successful. In June 2018, we saw Google publishing its AI ethical principles to address concerns of their stakeholders, including employees and shareholders. We will jointly review this code in light of the ethical rules discussed earlier.

Moderator: Prof Lokke Moerel, Morrison Foerster

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Prof Lokke Moerel, Morrison Foerster

Lokke Moerel is professor of global ICT law at Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and Senior Of Counsel with Morrison & Foerster (Berlin). Her work with large U.S. tech giants on their strategic privacy and ethical issues has made her an expert on big data and artificial intelligence (AI).  Lokke is a member of the Dutch Cyber Security Council (the advisory body of the Dutch cabinet on cybersecurity). In 2016, Ms. Moerel was appointed to be the co-author of the annual public advice to the Dutch government on behalf of the Dutch Lawyers Society (under auspices of the Dutch Supreme Court) on Big Data and the Internet of Things (http://ssrn.com/abstract=2784123). In 2018 Lokke received the International Law Office Client Choice Award for best Tech-lawyer Germany. See for her Tedx talk on AI and Ethics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPyHf4IWDQc

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Is there life on other planets?

More info soon.

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Ben Verhoeven

Christoffel Waelkens, KU Leuven

Kathleen Bracke, Universiteit van Vlaanderen

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Artificial Intelligence: Are (human) researchers actually necessary? Will our future colleagues be humanoid robots?

AI (Artificial Intelligence)/ML (Machine Learning) is a hot topic that has captured the attention of researchers all over the world. The impact will be great—technologically, economically and socially.  With our lives becoming more digital every day, big companies use AI to gather and sell big data. Robots, cobots and self-driving cars have already made their appearance. Yet, until recently the concept of having machines work in the same way as our brains do was almost exclusively reserved for the realm of science-fiction.

The human brain is a dream for computer scientists: it has enormous computing capacity, but consumes very little energy. It makes associations based on experiences. However, this last ‘competitive’ edge of mankind is on the verge of disappearing. The first self-learning neuromorphic microchip is here. It composes its own music that can be automatically played. Is this the end of composers, musicians and researchers?

Moderator: Erik Mannens, imec and Ghent University

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Rudy Lauwereins, imec

Rudy Lauwereins is the vice president at imec and responsible for the digital and user-centric solutions unit, which focuses on security, connectivity, image processing, sensor fusion, Machine Learning, data analytics and on making technology society proof. He is also director of imec.academy, coordinating external and internal training curricula. He is a full professor at the KU Leuven, has authored and co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications in international journals, books and conference proceedings and is a fellow of the IEEE.

Luc De Raedt, KU Leuven

Luc De Raedt is a professor in Computer Science at KU Leuven, where he heads the lab for Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence. His research interests are in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He is working on the next generation of programming languages (that have built-in abilities for learning from data), on combining learning and reasoning, on the automation of data science, on verifying learning AI systems and on robotics. He has received an ERC Advanced Grant, is an active editor of journals such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and has coordinated several European and national research projects.

Tony Belpaeme, Ghent University and the University of Plymouth

Tony Belpaeme is Professor at Ghent University and the University of Plymouth University, UK. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He leads a team studying cognitive robotics and human-robot interaction. He currently coordinates the H2020 L2TOR project, studying how robots can be used to support children with learning a second language, and coordinated the FP7 ALIZ-E project, which studied long-term human-robot interaction and its use in paediatric applications and worked on the FP7 DREAM project, studying how robot therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Starting from the premise that intelligence is rooted in social interaction, Tony and his research team try to further the science and technology behind artificial intelligence and social human-robot interaction. This results in a spectrum of results, from theoretical insights to practical applications.

Erik Mannens, imec and Ghent University

Erik Mannens is Research Valorisation Director at imec & Professor Big Data Science at Ghent University. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science Engineering (2011) at UGent on “Interoperability of Semantics in News Production”. His major expertise is around the fusion of top-down Semantics and bottom-up Machine Learning. He currently co-heads a Data Science team of +50 Semantic Technologies & Artificial Intelligence Researchers. Before joining imec & Ghent University in 2005, he was a software engineering consultant and Java architect for over a decade. His team is also committed to the Open Standardization (W3C), Open Source, Open Access and Open Knowledge movements (OKFN).

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A safe digital society with respect for privacy: utopia or reality?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fast-growing global phenomenon. Key components are smart sensors and tags that are appearing in rapidly increasing numbers. They are, however, also the Achilles heel of the security of the internet.

Careful and cautious management of the use of internet and data: it all revolves around the security of data and software, processing of private data, biological and patient data, the analysis and integration of big data sets and the ethical aspects, IT-related jurisdiction.

Smart sensors commonly use simple, energy-efficient electronics. But can they handle the complex algorithms needed for adequate encryption and protection of data and privacy? And how will we manage these massive amounts of data?

Moderator: Jo Pierson, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Bart Preneel, imec and KU Leuven

Bart Preneel is full professor at the Dept. Electrical Eng.-ESAT of the KU Leuven. He heads the imec-COSIC research group, which has 80 members. He was visiting professor at five universities in Europe. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications and is inventor of 5 patents. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. Bart Preneel has served as president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) and is a member of the Academia Europaea. In 2015 he was elected as fellow of the IACR. He frequently consults for industry and governments about security and privacy technologies.

Yves Moreau, KU Leuven

Jo Pierson, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Jo Pierson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium (Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences & Solvay Business School). He is also Senior Researcher and Unit Leader at the research centre SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology) since 1996. In this position he is in charge of the research unit 'Privacy, Ethics & Literacy’, in cooperation with imec (R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technology). Within imec he is Principal Investigator in the Centre of Excellence ‘Humanized Technologies’. He lectures undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Hasselt University and University of Amsterdam, covering socio-technical issues of digital media design and use. Drawing upon media and communication studies, in combination with science and technology studies, his interdisciplinary research focus is on data, privacy, public values and user empowerment in online platforms. He is also elected member of the International Council of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

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How do we control outbreaks of infectious diseases in a globalised world?

Today’s highly mobile, interconnected world provides unprecedented risk for the rapid spread of infectious diseases. Recent outbreaks (e.g. Ebola and the Zika virus) demonstrated how such diseases challenge human health and well-being and also jeopardise societal and economic security. Such outbreaks are expected to become more frequent in the coming decades with growing globalisation, climate change and migration. Research is essential to providing us with insights into how we can anticipate emerging infectious diseases and how best to battle any outbreaks.

In this session we will give an overview of the multidisciplinary research into 21st-century drivers of disease outbreaks, and we will explain why this research is critical to designing adequate strategies for preventing, detecting and responding to outbreaks.

Moderator: Prof Johan van Griensven, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

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Prof Johan van Griensven, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

Prof Kevin Ariën, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

Kevin Ariën graduated as a Master in Biomedical Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2001 and obtained his PhD in virology in 2005 from the University of Antwerp for his work on HIV replicative fitness at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM) and the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He then continued with a postdoctoral stint at Tibotec-Virco (2005-2006) and as an FWO postdoctoral fellow at Ghent University (2006-2009) before returning to the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp in late 2009. He was appointed head of the ITM Virology Unit in 2014. His Unit was actively involved in the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa with the development of new diagnostic tests and provided diagnostic support during more recent outbreaks in 2017 and 2018 in DR Congo. His current research efforts on tropical viruses focus on the development of new diagnostic tests for the simultaneous detection of a wide variety arthropod-borne viruses and haemorrhagic fever viruses. A more basic research program focuses on virus-host-vector molecular interactome studies with Chikungunya virus, sexual transmission of Zika virus and the mapping of sylvatic reservoirs of arthropod-borne viruses.

Prof Herman Goossens, University of Antwerp

Herman Goossens, MD, is a professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Antwerp in Belgium,  director  of  the  research  Laboratory  of  Medical  Microbiology  at  the  University  of Antwerp, and director of the Laboratory of Clinical Biology of the University Hospital Antwerp. He was part-time professor at the University of Leiden from 2000-2008 and has a part-time position since 2017 at the University Medical Centre Utrecht.

He earned his PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Free University of Brussels in 1990 and worked as a visiting scientist at the University of Utrecht, Geneva and Tokyo.

Herman Goossens received the Methusalem award of the Flemish government in 2008 for a period of 14 years. His professional goal is to bridge the gap between basic and clinical research, with a major focus on antibiotic resistance, to enhance the standard of healthcare, public health and professional standards, for the good of the public in large.  His  vision  is  to  build  a  sustainable  infrastructure  for  clinical  research  on  infectious diseases in Europe. He is a popular resource person and opinion leader, much sought after by local  and  international  media  for  views  on  matters  related  to  public  health  and  infectious diseases.

Prof Stephan Günther, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine

Stephan Günther is the Head of Department of Virology, the Biosafety level 4 laboratory, and WHO Collaborating Centre for Arboviruses and Hemorrhagic Fever Reference and Research at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, and adjunct professor at the University of Hamburg. He studied medicine and specialised in virology, microbiology, and infection epidemiology. Dr. Günther’s research is dedicated to viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF), including Ebola virus disease, Lassa fever, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. The Department of Virology is running several collaborative projects with West African countries on VHF in humans and the animal reservoirs.

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Is mathematics contagious? Iterations between immunity, social behaviour, transmission and cost effectiveness

This session covers the multidisciplinary approach to the health economic evaluation of infectious diseases, in which complex components of such an evaluation, with respect to mathematical models of immunology and epidemiology, are investigated in depth, along separate research lines.

Research currently focuses on advanced models of transmission processes between hosts. Recently, however, work has also commenced on the development of mathematical models of immunological processes in hosts, and on the dynamics between behavioural changes and transmission. The ultimate goal is to integrate all these dynamic and mutually influencing processes into a single overall model.

Moderator: Prof Pierre Van Damme, Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute, University of Antwerp

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Prof Philippe Beutels, University of Antwerp

Philippe Beutels holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Commercial Engineering (Applied Economics), and a PhD in Medical Sciences (Health Economics). He has over 20 years of academic research experience, mainly in Belgium and Australia, and has advised health policy makers in numerous countries. He published over 200 contributions in peer-reviewed journals and books and delivered over 200 lectures and oral communications at scientific symposia, mainly on topics related to health economics, mathematical modelling and epidemiology. He’s the most cited health economist working in Belgium, and is specialized in the economics of infectious diseases and vaccines (ISI Web of Science citations > 4500; H-index: 35; Google Scholar citations > 7500; H-index: 43). He’s currently Full Professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he’s the founding director of the Centre for Health Economics Research & Modelling Infectious Diseases (CHERMID), which employs 14 researchers. He’s also Visiting Senior Fellow at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He’s a frequent adviser for the World Health Organization (WHO), and is currently a member of the Immunization and Vaccines related Implementation Research (IVIR) Advisory Committee of WHO. Philippe Beutels led/leads workpackages on economics in several European Commission projects, including POLYMOD (2004-2008),  SARSCONTROL (2005-2008), ESAC3 (2008-2011), RESCEU (2017-2021). He was Principal Investigator of a range of Flemish/Belgian competitive grants, including “Simulation Models for Infectious Disease Processes (SIMID)” (2007-2011), of the Flemish Agency for Innovation through Science (IWT), as well as several fundamental research projects of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), and applied projects of the Knowledge Centre Health Care (KCE).

Prof Niel Hens, Hasselt University and University of Antwerp

Prof. Niel Hens (M.Sc., Ph.D.) is a biostatistician and mathematical epidemiologist with 13 years of experience in human epidemiology. He is professor at UHasselt in the Center for Statistics and UAntwerp in the Centre for Health Economic Research and Modelling Infectious Diseases, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute and Epidemiology and Social Medicine where he holds the chair in evidence-based vaccinology. He is co-president of the Young Academy of Belgium (www.jongeacademie.be). He participated in an EU FP6 project called POLYMOD on collecting social contact data relevant for the spread of infectious diseases (http://goo.gl/P53Kl6). Using social contact data and serological data he has led the development of statistical methodology to estimate important infectious disease parameters. This resulted in the publication of a successful monograph. He has an excellent track record (http://goo.gl/70fWn7) with over 200 publications in both statistical and epidemiological journals (>5,500 citations) and an H-index of 37 (Google Scholar metrics, September 2017). His current research focuses on exploiting multivariate serological data to estimate infectious disease parameters, which includes estimating within-host mechanisms of passive and vaccine-acquired antibodies, estimating risks of the re-emergence of measles and mumps in Europe and estimating incidence from serial seroprevalence which is at the core of his recently acquired ERC consolidator grant ‘TransMID’. He heads a research group (size ~ 15) on modelling infectious diseases within the Center for Statistics at UHasselt and together with Prof. Philippe Beutels (UAntwerp) he leads an interuniversity research group (size ~ 25) uniting both the institutes at UHasselt and UAntwerp in which he holds positions. 

Prof Marcel Salathé, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Marcel Salathé is a digital epidemiologist working at the interface of population biology, computational sciences, and the social sciences. He obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich and spent two years as a postdoc in Stanford before joining the faculty at Penn State in 2010 at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics. In 2014, he spent half a year at Stanford as visiting assistant professor. In the summer of 2015, Marcel became an Associate Professor at EPFL where he heads the Digital Epidemiology Lab at the new Campus Biotech. In 2016, he has also been appointed Academic Director of EPFL Extension School, whose mission is to provide high quality online education in digital technology.

Prof Paul Thomas, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis

Prof Pierre Van Damme, Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute, University of Antwerp

Pierre Van Damme obtained his MD from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 1984. He received post-graduate degrees in health and economics, the evaluation of human corporal damage, and a master degree in occupational health. He obtained his PhD in epidemiology and social medicine in 1994, University of Antwerp. He is currently full professor at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences where he chairs the Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute (VAXINFECTIO, University of Antwerp); VAXINFECTIO is a consortium of four research units within the university: the Laboratory of Medical Microbiology (LMM), the Laboratory of Experimental Hematology (LEH), the Centre of Health Economic Research and Infectious Disease Modelling (CHERMID), and the Centre for the Evaluation of Vaccination (CEV). It is recognized as ‘Centre of Excellence’ of the University of Antwerp and functions as WHO Collaborating Centre for the WHO European Region for the control and prevention of infectious diseases.

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Responsible Research and Innovation

During this debate, you will come to know what the various players in the field of Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) consider to be essential to make research and innovation more responsible. They will give answers based on their own approaches, roles and experiences. And these could differ between all three participants. Just like their expectations for RRI and the way in which they believe it is best carried out.

RRI is high on the agenda for the European Framework Programme Horizon 2020. It will not disappear from there any time soon. For the European Commission, RRI means that among others, researchers, citizens, policy makers, companies and service providers will be able to work together throughout the entire research and innovation process.

The goal: to better harmonise the process and results with the values, needs and expectations of the community. There is a great deal of ambition hidden behind RRI. It needs to be on offer throughout the entire framework programme. In the Horizon 2020 work programme, Science with and for Society (SWAFS), it is given five dimensions:

  1. Gender (e.g. the implementation of Gender Equality Plans);
  2. Scientific education (including the implementation of new curricula, new education methods and new instruments to systematically encourage informal teaching in non-education-linked situations);
  3. Open access en open data (e.g. new rules and related practices);
  4. Public engagement (e.g. thinking of new ways to systematically involve citizens and organisations in the community in research and innovation activities by determining agendas, prospect exercises and scientific communication);
  5. Ethics (e.g. implementation of new rules dealing with research ethics, behavioural codes, ethical assessments, etc.).

Moderator: Prof Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven and the Young Academy

Organizer: FWO

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Dr René von Schomberg, European Commission

Dr Anne Snick

Anne Snick (PhD in Pedagogic Sciences and a Bacherlor’s degree in Philosophy – KU Leuven) works around epistemological and pedagogical questions in response to diverse social challenges. For ten years, she was linked to the KU Leuven as a researcher (with assignments including the European projects Women in Decision Making and ETGACE). From 1995 to 2002, she worked in the Universitair Centrum Kortenberg as coordinator of a therapeutic group for adolescents predominantly from underprivileged families. With that experience, she became the coordinator of Flora vzw, a Belgian federal knowledge network that—through co-creation of knowledge with women in poverty—performed research into systemic causes of poverty, and into levers for a (socially and ecologically) more sustainable system. Anne Snick was also head author of a guide to financial innovation (community funds) for local administrations and organisations.

In 2012, on assignment from the Institute Society and Technology (IST), she was involved with the Wise Sciences project that investigated which conditions of the R&I system can contribute to solutions for complex social challenges. On the basis of the results, the H2020 project FoTRRIS (Fostering the Transition towards Responsible R&I Systems) was developed from VITO, with Snick collaborating as senior researcher. FoTRRIS developed and validated a conceptual and methodological framework for RRI in which system thinking (non-linear systems) and co-creation (or transdisciplinarity) for the ‘common good’ (as described by the Sustainable Development Goals) are central, hence ‘CO-RRI’. Presently, she gives freelance lectures and workshops around CO-RRI in Flanders and internationally. At the same time, she is a committee member of the Club of Rome – EU Chapter.

Prof Willy Verstraete, FWO

Willy Verstraete was born in Beernem on 25 April 1946. In 1968, he graduated from Ghent University as a bioengineer. He completed his doctorate on Microbiology at Cornell University, Ithaca (USA).

Since 1971, he has worked at Ghent University, first as an assistant and  as Professor and Head of the Laboratory for Microbial Ecology and Technology from 1979. In October 2011, he was recognised as Professor Emeritus.

The central theme of his research is Microbial Resource Management; in other words: the subject, working and control of processes mediated by mixed microbial cultures.

Between 2008 and 2012, he was a member of the European Research Council (ERC) in the area of Life Sciences. From 2008 to 2013, he was a member of the Industrieel Onderzoeksfonds (‘Industrial Research Fund’ in English) at Ghent University. From 2010 to 2015, he was Chairperson of the Multiple Research Partnership ‘Biotechnology for a sustainable economy’ at Ghent University. Since 2016, he has been Chairperson of the FWO.

Prof Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven and the Young Academy

Ine Van Hoyweghen is Professor at the Centre for Sociological Research of the University of Leuven. Her research is in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS), with a focus on the social aspects of biomedical innovation in the EU. She is Head of the Life Sciences & Society Lab and founding board member of the Leuven Institute for human Genomics and Society (LIGAS). She is an Alumnus of the Young Academy (JA) of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) and founding Chair of the Belgian Science, Technology & Society (B.STS) Network.

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Improving transferable skills of (young) researchers and mobility in academia and society

Transferable skills, intersectoral mobility, research careers … These are terms we use more and more to indicate that the classic path of PhDs and postdocs to professorship is no longer clear. Only a small minority of doctorate graduates at Flemish universities are building academic careers in Flanders.

Many researchers are required to choose a different path at some point, either to continue their research in an industrial or social context, or to use the skills they have acquired in completely different job functions, as entrepreneurs, consultants, teachers, policy officers, etc.   

At the same time, industry and the government, and society as a whole, are demanding that research results be used for innovation and progress, welfare and well-being.  

Is it a perfect match, or not (yet)? Who’s next? What could be the role of research councils, universities and research institutions, companies and the government (the labour market) be in honing the skills of researchers and making their mobility more effective? And, finally, what added value can those who return from industry and the public sector bring to the academic world?

This session will present views and testimonials from various actors in the field.

Moderator: Dr Barbara Janssens, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Organizer: FWO

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Dr Janet Metcalfe, Vitae

Dr Janet Metcalfe is Head of Vitae, an international programme leading world-class career and professional development for researchers. She manages Vitae’s activities on the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the UK process for the HR Excellence in Research Award. She led the development the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (2010), which describes the knowledge, skills and attributes of highly effective researchers.

Recent projects include an EURAXESS project on the intersectoral mobility of researchers and the exploration of the wellbeing and mental health of doctoral researchers. Publications includes ‘What do research staff do next?’ on the careers of postdoctoral researchers who work beyond academia. She manages two large scale surveys of researchers’ views and experiences: the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). Janet was a member of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Advisory Group (2013 –2017).

Dr Jan J.H. van den Biesen, EUROPOLARIS

Jan van den Biesen studied as physicist at Leiden University and spent one year as a postdoc at the University of California (Berkeley) before joining Philips in 1983 to work on semiconductor research. Three years later, he was seconded for one year to Hitachi’s central research laboratory in Tokyo. From 1990 to 1992, he was responsible for liaising with Dutch public authorities about Philips’s participation in national R&D programmes. In 1997, Jan van den Biesen became responsible for developing Philips’s policy regarding publicly funded programmes for collaborative R&D and coordinating Philips’s worldwide participation in such programmes.

A vice president of Philips Research since 2000, he became Head of Public R&D Programmes in 2007. In May 2017, he established himself as an independent advisor under the business name EUROPOLARIS—European Policy Advice and Research & Innovation Strategies.

Dr Jacqueline M. Olich, RTI International

Dr. Jacqueline Olich is an administrator, educator, author, speaker, and entrepreneur with experience building partnerships and developing innovative interdisciplinary projects. As RTI International’s Senior Director of University Collaborations, she leads the institute’s University Collaboration Office (UCO), which serves as a catalyst and hub for outreach at the university level, developing and managing partnerships with leading academic institutions. She establishes networks to link ideas and people, oversees the RTI University Scholars Program and the RTI Internship Program, and monitors a $49 million shared research portfolio with North Carolina universities. Dr. Olich received a Triangle Business Journal 2017 Women in Business Award for her commitment to mentorship. Dr. Olich is an adjunct associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Leadership Program.

Dr Barbara Janssens, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

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The poetry of science

What do poetry and science have in common? You’ll find out in this lecture: Do scientists write poetry? How can poetry be used to make better sense of the relationship between science and society? To entertain and inspire, Dr Sam Illingworth will present a selection of poetry.

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Dr Sam Illingworth, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Sam Illingworth is a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. His research involves developing dialogue between scientists and non-scientists through the use of poetry and games. You can find out more about Sam and his research by visiting his website: www.samillingworth.com

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Interview training

During the interview training, you learn the techniques you need to pass through interviews with flying colours. You learn how to clearly formulate your message and how to keep control over your message. This will improve the chance of your message being conveyed correctly by the media. We look at verbal and non-verbal communication and teach you how scientific insights can be translated into clear and accessible language.

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Lieven De Maertelaere, Belga News Agency

Lieven De Maertelaere has been working at the Belga News Agency since 2007. Initially a news manager, since last year he has been Manager for Media. Before he came to Belga, he worked at radio station Qmusic as an editor for the radio news. De Maertelaere is also one of the docents for the Belga workshops. He primarily gives media training. 

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So you want to start a company? The spin-out game

Lots of researchers and engineers do it these days: start a company based on their own research or inventions. The prize is great. You see your ideas become reality, save lives or save the planet—and you might get rich along the way. But it’s harder than it looks. You have to work out who owns the invention, who would want to buy it, how to get it to them, how much money it’s going to cost to get going and who, besides yourself, is going to do all the work. You could go broke. Or you could be wildly successful: remember Google was a spin-out from Stanford University.

Interested in starting a company? Come try it on for size at this workshop, run by experts in spin-out companies who have devised a game to illustrate the challenges you may face in starting your own company.

Moderator: Richard Hudson, Science/Business

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Patrick Vankwikelberge, University Ghent


Richard Hudson has been a leading science and technology journalist in Europe for more than 30 years. In 2004 he co-founded London- and Brussels-based Science Business Publishing Ltd., a media and communications company focused on research and innovation in Europe; he is currently editor-in-chief and vice chair of the Board of Directors. Previously, he was with the Wall Street Journal for 25 years, as reporter, technology editor and, from 1997 to 2003, managing editor of the European edition. He began his career at the Boston Globe.

He is co-author of a book, now a best-seller in 13 languages, on how bad math on Wall Street leads to big losses. He wrote it with famed Yale/IBM mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot: The (mis)Behavior of Markets: A fractal view of risk, ruin & reward.” It won the Business Book of the Year award at the 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair, and according to Die Zeit, was read and “mentioned again and again in conversation” by Angela Merkel after the 2008 crash.

He is a graduate of Harvard College, a former Knight Fellow at MIT, and lives in Brussels.

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Present your research for ultimate impact

Life’s too short for bad presentations, right? During this workshop you’ll get loads of tips, tricks and examples on how to create clear and convincing research presentations. On the menu:

We will work with presentations that participants send us, ensuring we work with examples relevant to the group. 

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Toon Verlinden, The Floor is Yours

 Toon Verlinden and Hans Van de Water joined forces in 2012 to establish The Floor is Yours. Since then, they have trained thousands of researchers in the art of giving effective presentations. After all, life is too short for bad presentations, right?  

Toon Verlinden is an international presentation coach and an expert in scientific communication. He is also a freelance science and travel journalist and organiser of the scientific festival Sound of Science.

 

 

 

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Writing for non-scientists and the press

As a scientist, writing for ‘the general public’ is not an easy assignment. If you keep to an academic writing style and only explain the difficult words, you lose your reader. But at the same time, you don’t want to come across as being too simplistic.

In this training course, you’ll be given practical instruction on how to write a press release, blog, opinion piece, newsletter article or other popular scientific texts. Perfect for anyone who wants to better contribute to texts, from the press officer to the scientific journalist or the regular scientist.

More concretely, we will be working with examples, with the short text that you write yourself in advance, and with writing and discussion assignments on your own core message and opening paragraph.

We will concentrate on:

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Ann De Ron, FishGrowFeet

Ann De Ron has been training researchers in popular scientific writing at Ghent University, VUB, Hasselt University, KU Leuven, the Let’s Talk Science Summer School Science Communication programme and the Flemish PhD Cup. She worked for ten years as a journalist at publications including De Morgen, Knack, MO*Magazine and Natuur & Techniek science magazine (which is now the Dutch-language version of New Scientist). Ann De Ron also coordinated WeCom, a communication project for scientists. Her education includes a degree in Biology, supplemented with a BaNaBa in Intercultural Management. 

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I WANT YOU … FOR CITIZEN SCIENCE / You too can contribute to the science of tomorrow!

While Citizen Science is by no means a new phenomenon, since Carlos Moedas took office as European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, the term has increasingly cropped up in the media, on science discussion forums, etc. In an era where open data and open access are hotly debated topics, as a key element of open science, Citizen Science is increasingly receiving attention. By involving citizens in the scientific process, it provides numerous benefits for both science and society. On one hand, it enables scientists, among other things, to collect and analyse data on a large scale. On the other hand, it creates involvement and confidence among the general public. An initiative that is related to Citizen Science and that will be officially presented at the 2018 FWO Knowledge Makers conference is the Flemish Science Agenda. But what does Citizen Science actually imply, are there any particular pitfalls, how could such initiatives be financed, and so on. These issues will be addressed in this scientific debate.

Moderator: Dr Jan Seys, Head of Communication Department, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

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Prof Roeland Samson, University of Antwerp

Jo Decuyper, Director RVO-Society

Jo Decuyper studied physics and computer science at the Free University of Brussels. He obtained a MS degree in theoretical physics and a BS in artificial intelligence. He was a researcher in diverse fields including non-linear partial differential equations, neural networks, genetic algorithms, computer algebra systems, parallel computing and qualitative physics. After obtaining a Phd in Science he joined the Flemish Government in 1993 where he became head of the science policy division. In this function he was responsible for policy research, science communication and international scientific cooperation. In 2000, Jo Decuyper joined imec to start the Roger Van Overstraeten Society, RVO-Society. RVO-Society strives to close the gap between today’s technological research and education. The central focus is the societal relevance of technology and science, and in particular the challenge of climate change and the need for a more caring, inclusive society. Recently RVO-Society has been appointed as host for the Flemish Citizen Science office, a task Jo has taken up with great enthusiasm.

Maike Weissplug, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

Dr. Maike Weißpflug is a researcher at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin where she explores the transformations of the science system, especially in the fields of citizen science and open science. A political theorist by training, she also works on human-nature-relations and the Anthropocene debate, focusing on the changing public role of natural history museums. She studied political science, philosophy and German literature at RWTH Aachen University. In her dissertation, she re-examined Hannah Arendt’s political philosophy and her liberating attitude towards the world.

Hans Van de Water, Coordinator of the Flemish Science Agenda

Hans Van de Water is coordinating the Flemish Science Agenda for the FWO. As well as this, he is an international performance coach and expert in scientific communication. Through his company, The Floor is Yours, he trains researchers and professionals to deliver more effective presentations. Furthermore, he is the founder of De Wetenschapsbattle/Battle of the Scientists, a competition in which researchers present their work to primary school children. Together with Toon Verlinden, he wrote the book The Floor is Yours: leren presenteren van brainstorm tot applaus.

Dr Jan Seys, Head of Communication Department, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

Dr Jan Seys is the communications manager at the VLIZ (Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee – or Flanders Marine Institute) and former chairperson of the European Marine Board Communications Panel (2010–2017). The first ten years of his career as a marine biologist were devoted to Belgian and Dutch sea and estuary research, with two years as a manager in a bilateral collaborative sea-science project between Belgium and Kenya. Since 2000, through VLIZ, he has immersed himself in scientific communication and education. From a specific interest in involving the broad public, he has become the driving force behind two sea-related Citizen Science projects in Belgium (SeaWatch-B and the Grote Schelpenteldag or Big Shell Counting Day). Dr Seys is also one of the pioneers of the Ocean Literacy movement in Europe and an organiser of events including the First Conference on Ocean Literacy in Europe (12 October 2012, Bruges) and CommOCEAN 2016.

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Does art make us happier?

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Ben Verhoeven

Kathleen Bracke, Universiteit van Vlaanderen

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The impact of climate change on ecosystem services

Climate change is already affecting us. We are facing its direct effects in the form of more frequent floods, storms, droughts, heatwaves and hurricanes. But this is only the tip of the melting iceberg: climate change influences our lives in ways we don’t see: it modifies the way ecosystems function. Many of these functions have a direct or indirect influence on our societies: this is what we call ecosystem services (such as carbon sequestration, food production and nutrient cycling) and their societal impact can be evaluated in monetary terms.

Knowing how ecosystem functions and services are impacted by climate change is therefore crucial for deciding when and how to apply management, as well as for predicting the economic consequences for society as a whole. In this session, we the most recent effects climate change has had on ecosystem services, as well as in their economic valuation.

Moderator: François Rineau, Hasselt University

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François Rineau, Hasselt University

Francois Rineau is a tenure track research professor in microbial ecology, in the Center of environmental sciences (CMK) at Hasselt University. After a PhD at INRA Nancy (France), he did a two-and-a-half-year postdoc in the University of Lund (Sweden), another three-year post-doc in the University of Hasselt, got a position of Docent at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, in Paris (France), before getting appointed as a ZAP at Hasselt University. His expertise is in the field of ecology of soil microbes, and in particular on how they contribute to ecosystem services. To tackle this biological question, he uses many different approaches: enzyme assays, genomics, transcriptomics, metagenomics, as well as many spectroscopic tools; and go from pure in vitro tests to field work, through the use of microcosms.  He is now the PI of the new high-tech infrastructure of Hasselt University, the Ecotrons, working on the effect of climate change on ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services. He is especially interested in the role of soil microbes in the response of ecosystem processes to climate change. He is also building a complementary, international and interdisciplinary research network (climatologists, ecologists, soil food web specialists, modellers, hydrologists, environmental economists...) to approach this issue in the most holistic manner as possible. 

Patrick Meire, University of Antwerp

Katarina Hedlund, Lund University

Michael MacDonald, RSP Centre for Conservation Science

Dr Michael MacDonald is originally from Australia, but has worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds since 2005. Initially he was involved in monitoring of agri-environment schemes, and research into lapwing breeding. More recently, he has been strongly involved in the RSPB’s ecosystem services work in the UK and elsewhere. He sits on the steering committee for TESSA (Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment) along with colleagues from BirdLife International and Cambridge University. His current work includes a project examining the reasons why farmers engage in conservation-friendly management.

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The challenge of taking CO2 back out of the atmosphere

As evidence grows stronger that unmitigated climate change is and will result in substantial risks and costs, policies for climate stabilisation are being increasingly supported by policy makers, industrial leaders and the general public. This growing momentum resulted in a new and binding international climate agreement at the 2015 summit in Paris. All parties committed themselves to limiting the global temperature rise to well under 2°C, and agreed to pursue further efforts to keep the temperature increase under 1.5°C. This sets a clear challenge for society. Current climate policies are primarily geared towards mitigation (i.e. preventing greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere). However, scenario analysis and model projections reveal that conventional mitigation alone will not be sufficient: we also need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Effectively, in scenarios that meet the Paris goals, global emissions need to be negative by 2070, with CO2 actively being removed from the atmosphere. This necessitates a suitable set of negative emission technologies that can realise the necessary CO2 reduction in a technically reliable, economically cost-effective and socially acceptable manner. So how do we tackle this daunting challenge to society? In this session, leading international experts will share their latest ideas and research on the possibilities, challenges and risks of generating negative emissions.

Moderator: Filip Meysman, University of Antwerp

Organizer: Filip Meysman, University of Antwerp and Ivan Janssens, University of Antwerp

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Prof David Beerling, Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, University of Sheffield

Michael Obersteiner, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Michael Obersteiner is Program Director of the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. After incubating a small interdisciplinary modeling team a decade ago at IIASA his current research team counts 100 staff members constituting the largest global land use and rural development model cluster in the world.

Michael has been the principal investigator and manager of more than 30 international projects covering diverse policy and science fields mostly focus on developing sustainable development pathways subject to climate risks. He also served as a seconded Staff Expert for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva leading a cross-cut task on socio-economic benefit assessments of Earth observing systems. In addition, he has been a consultant to a number of national and international organizations, including inter alia the European Commission, WWF, OECD, Worldbank and other national and international institutions.

Dr. Obersteiner is the author of over 250 scientific papers (H-index: 61 in google scholar) covering a very wide range of scientific fields. Currently, he serves in UNEP’s international resource panel (IRP) is lead convening author (CLA) of two IPBES chapters and a steering member to UNISDR’s Global Assessment report.

Filip Meysman, University of Antwerp

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Frontier research into migration and asylum

Migration and asylum are multi-faceted phenomena that spread across space and time, engaging researchers in different disciplines for decades. The interest surrounding this research has been on the increase due to recent events. In this session we will give a diverse spectrum of fundamental research in order to better understand the causes and impact of migration an asylum.

Moderator: Prof Angela Liberatore, European Research Council Executive Agency

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Prof Ilse Derluyn, Ghent University

Ilse Derluyn obtained her PhD in Educational Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium) and is currently affiliated as associate professor to the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy (Ghent University), where she teaches courses in migration and refugee studies. Ilse's main research topics concern the psychosocial wellbeing of unaccompanied refugee minors, migrant and refugee children, war-affected children, victims of trafficking and child soldiers. She is also actively involved in supporting refugees and practitioners working with refugees and migrants, in policy research and policy-influence. Ilse obtained an ERC-Starting Grant and coordinates an international H2020-project. She published over 100 international publications and several books. Prof. Derluyn is heading the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) and is co-director of the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations (CCVS).

Prof Maria Koinova, University of Warwick

Hala El Moussawi, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Hala El Moussawi is a PhD student and holders of an FWO scholarship. She has a background in Architecture(BSc. Architecture at the Lebanese University, 2009-2013)and Urban Studies (4Cities MSc. in Urban Studies, joint program of 6 universities: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universität Wien, Københavns Universitet, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2013-2015).

Her research investigates the post-arrival geographies of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Belgium following their housing and employment trajectories. Arguing that the perspective of refugees and their lived experiences are largely understudied, she proposes a longitudinal study that follows a panel of refugees documenting their residential mobility across Belgium. She argues that these trajectories do not only hinge on the individual characteristics of refugees, but also on the interplay between national and local state policies, migrant networks and civil society support networks in different places. These three components constitute local refugee regimes that her project aims to chart, to explain the particularity of the Belgian context in the production of post-arrival geographies of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Her research interests extend to the understanding of informal networks and practices, and she has worked during her masters’ studies on informal public transport in Beirut and Naples, and their relation to notions of the Right to the City, appropriation, and Autogestion. She also closely follows and participates in questions of urban activism and migration activism in Brussels and in Beirut when possible.

Prof Dirk Jacobs, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Dirk Jacobs (born in 1971) is Professor of Sociology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he is director of the Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality (GERME). He is specialised in migration and integration policy and educational sociology.

Jacobs completed his doctorate in 1998 at Utrecht University and since then, has performed in a number of roles, including as a FNRS post-doctorate researcher linked to the KU Leuven. He is the laureate of an ERC grant and has had a seat in evaluation commissions for FNRS, FWO, NWO, the Swedish Research Council, the Finnish Academy and ERC.

Prof Angela Liberatore, European Research Council Executive Agency

Angela Liberatore is Head of Unit on Social Sciences and Humanities at the European Research Council Executive Agency. The Unit manages the evaluations and monitoring of projects submitted to ERC in that domain. Previously Angela worked in DG RTD of the European Commission (EC) in the International Cooperation, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Environment programmes. She participated in the EC work on the White Paper on European Governance and the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.  Angela holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences and a degree in Philosophy.

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Groundbreaking research leads to added value for society

One of the main reasons to use public funds for subsidising research is the expectation that the funded research, through newly acquired knowledge, will eventually result in new applications that provide added value to society. This added value may be economic in nature, in the form of new investments and/or additional employment, may be of a purely social nature, or even a mixture.

In this session we want to address the various issues related to the societal impact of research. In what way can the return on research for society be increased? What should be the role of subsidy agencies in this process? How can the impact of subsidised research on society best be measured? And how should society best be informed about the results of the research? Finally, we aim to illustrate the impact of research on society with a few telling examples.

Moderator: Prof Koenraad Debackere, Centre for Research & Development Monitoring (Expertisecentrum Onderzoek en Ontwikkelingsmonitoring – ECOOM)

Organizer: FWO

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Dr Steven Hill, Higher Education Funding Council for England

Steven Hill is Director of Research at Research England, a council of UK Research and Innovation. At Research England Steven is responsible for research funding and assessment, open research, public engagement and impact. He is the chair of the steering group for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. Steven transferred into Research England from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Previously Steven was Head of the Strategy Unit at Research Councils UK, and had several roles in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, working on evidence-based policy making. Earlier in his career Steven was a university lecturer at the University of Oxford where his research focused on plant biology.

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Prof Stijn Oosterlynck, University of Antwerp

Stijn Oosterlynck is associate professor in Urban Sociology at the Department of Sociology at the University of Antwerp. He chairs the Centre for Research in Ecological and Social Change (CRESC) and the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute. His research is concerned with solidarity in diversity, urban poverty and diversity policies, civil society innovation, urban social innovation and welfare state restructuring and urban social renewal strategies. He coordinated the SBO project Diversiteit en Gemeenschapsvorming (DieGem, 2013-2016) on place-based forms of solidarity in diversity and is currently the coordinator of the SBO project Civil Society Innovation Flanders (CSI Flanders, 2016-2019).

Filippo Addarii, Plus Value

Filippo Addarii is Founding Partner and CEO of PlusValue, a London-based research and consultancy firm that provides bespoke solutions to align public and private interests. Over the last 15 years, Filippo has advised national and international public institutions, corporations and not-for-profit organisations on innovation strategies for socio-economic development and urban regeneration. In 2018, he sees the final strand of his vision come into view: the creation of an impact investing vehicle, the Impact Alliance Fund, currently fundraising for an €80m impact equity fund. Filippo is co-founder of Nethical and was Director of International Strategy at The Young Foundation and co-founder and first Executive Director of Euclid Network.

Prof Koenraad Debackere, Centre for Research & Development Monitoring (Expertisecentrum Onderzoek en Ontwikkelingsmonitoring – ECOOM)

Koenraad Debackere is a professor of Technology and Innovation Management & Policy at KU Leuven since 1995. He has degrees in engineering and business. He was a visiting doctoral student and Fulbright post-doctoral fellow at MIT Sloan School and obtained best paper awards from the TIM Division of the American Academy of Management, the Decision Sciences Institute and the International Association for the Management of Technology. In 2006 he was awarded the Prize for Scientific Excellence of the Belgian Entreprise Foundation (VBO). In 2007 he received an honorary professorship from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. He is the managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development and chairman of the KU Leuven seed fund, Gemma Frisius. He is co-founder and chairman of Leuven.Inc, the innovation network of Leuven high-tech entrepreneurs. Since 2005, he is the general manager of KU Leuven. In 2015, he was appointed chairman of EIT Health e.V. --- a KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

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Research without borders – International mobility as leverage for your career

In a globalised scientific world, the importance of research mobility continues to increase. A growing number of researchers are spending part of their PhD studies and/or careers as postdoctoral researchers outside the national borders of their host institutions. But what exactly is the added value of international mobility for your CV and the further development of your career? How does integration within the new research group work? Are there any specific obstacles/issues that researchers working abroad face? Is it possible to reconcile family life and a period of research abroad? During a round-table discussion with a number of experienced researchers, we will address these and other issues relating to international mobility.

The researchers taking the floor during this session are all beneficiaries of projects from the FWO Odysseus programme, or incoming or outgoing FWO Pegasus (2012–2016) or [PEGASUS]2 (2015–2020) postdoctoral fellowships[1]. These programmes are aimed specifically at attracting foreign research talent to Flanders and/or offer researchers in Flanders the opportunity to spend part of their careers outside Belgium. As such, they are the ideal witnesses to share experiences on international mobility with the audience.  

[1] Both programmes were co-funded by the EU in FP7 (No 267216) and Horizon 2020 (No 665501) respectively.

Moderator: Erica Lutes, Fulbright Belgium

Organizer: FWO

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Iuliu Sorin Pop, Hasselt University

Iuliu Sorin Pop is Professor of Computational Mathematics at the Hasselt University (Belgium) and the University of Bergen (Norway). His research interest is in the mathematical analysis, numerical simulation and the upscaling of mathematical models for reactive flow and transport in complex media. Recent research themes include nonequilibrium models for subsurface flows, dissolution and precipitation in porous media, or non-isothermal flow and transport in geothermal reservoirs.

He is Associate Editor for Computational Geosciences and for Journal of Numerical Analysis and Approximation Theory, and was (co-)chair and (co-)organiser of several conferences and scientific meetings. He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and of the interPore Society. Currently he is Program Director of the Activity Group on Geosciences of SIAM. In 2015 he was awarded the InterPore Procter & Gamble Award for Porous Media Research, and in 2016 he recieved an FWO Odysseus Group I grant.

Susan Schlenner, KU Leuven

(Susan Schlenner) My interest in creating molecular and genetic tools to study T cell development and fate in vivo traces back to my PhD during which I was able to equip myself with the methodology required to perform high-level in vivo cellular and genetic studies. I generated new mutant mice that allowed tracing the fate of early T cell progenitors in the unperturbed condition. This work changed our understanding on the developmental plasticity of T cell progenitors.

To become an expert on Treg, I joined the laboratory of Prof Harald von Boehmer at the Harvard Medical School/DFCI. I chose to investigate control over the Foxp3 gene, the master transcription factor for the generation of Treg. My work focused on Smad3, the downstream mediator of TGFβ signalling, and its binding site in the Foxp3 locus. My results were the first to show that previous data based on non-specific knock-out approaches over-estimated the importance of this pathway in the general biology of Treg, while also missing the particular importance found in Treg that inhabit the gut.

To start my independent academic career and achieve my research aims, I joined the Autoimmune Genetics laboratory (head: Prof Adrian Liston). I successfully applied for the prestigious Pegasus-long Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellowship to fund my position (FWO, 2012). Over a few years I have independently moved out from the focus of the Autoimmune Genetics laboratory to build an independent group-within-a-group focused on T cell plasticity. Furthermore, within my research group I have set up a genome-engineering platform using the latest CrispR technology in embryonic stem cells as well as other cell lines, which has developed into the MutaMouse transgenic core facility at the KU Leuven.

With the appointment of assistant professor at the KU Leuven, my main research focus is the plasticity of T cells with particular attention (but not exclusively) to Treg.

Vito Adriaensens, University of Antwerp

Vito Adriaensens is a visiting scholar and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University's Film Department in New York, supported by a [PEGASUS]2 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Project and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) through the University of Antwerp’s Research Centre for Visual Poetics

He is the co-author of Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema(with Steven Jacobs, Susan Felleman and Lisa Colpaert, 2017); the author of the upcoming monograph Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema (2018); a co-editor of the Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film special issue The Actress-Manager and Early Film(with Victoria Duckett, 2018); and the editor of an upcoming volume on The Tableau Vivant(2019).

His current research project, From New Stagecraft to New Cinema: Silent Film Performs the Avant-Garde, is an intermedial undertaking geared towards redefining the evolution of cinema against developments in the historical avant-garde in performing arts. Vito is currently also on the executive committee of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema.

Eva-Marlene Schäfers, Ghent University

Marlene Schäfers holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and is currently a FWO [Pegasus]2 Marie-Curie Skłodowska post-doctoral fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Research Group (MENARG) at Ghent University. Her research focuses on the impact of state violence on intimate and gendered lives, the politics of memory and history, and the intersections of affect and politics. She specializes in the anthropology of modern Turkey and its Kurdish regions, where she is interested in the ways in which ethnic and gendered difference are constructed, articulated and governed. At Ghent University, she is co-founder of the Centre for Anthropological Research on Affect and Materiality (CARAM). 

Erica Lutes, Fulbright Belgium

Erica Lutes is the Executive Director of the Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States, Belgium, and Luxembourg, which administers the Fulbright Belgium, Fulbright Luxembourg, and Fulbright Schuman programs. She is a specialist in European and U.S. higher education. Erica graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2002 with a degree in international relations and attended Yale University from 1999-2000. She holds three master's degrees from KU Leuven in political economy, conflict and peace studies, and international business. Prior to joining the Fulbright Commission, Erica worked on the European Sales desk for Goldman Sachs and served as the staff aide to the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. When not at the Fulbright Commission, Erica is a lecturer at Odisee University College and gives indoor cycling and yoga classes in her adopted hometown of Leuven.

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Rethinking the funding and evaluation of research

Peer review is central to the allocation of research funds. A scientist who needs financial support for their research submits a project that will be reviewed by their co-experts, or peers. Based on an outline for future research, they must judge the merits of the proposed project. The applicant's past performance should help them with this task. Does this guarantee that excellent research is invariably selected, or does it only confirm the expectations of established researchers, making those already successful even more successful? Just how innovative or conservative, how open or defensive is this evaluation method? And is all this work for applicants and reviewers still justified?

The idea of basic funding for researchers is sometimes put forward as an alternative to a system in which researchers are required, time and again, to submit projects to peer reviewers. But how does it work? Will all scientists receive basic funding or professors only? What if the quality of the funded research proves to be inadequate? Will everyone receive equal funding regardless of the needs or the level of research? Will this system keep all scientists equally on their toes? Or should they withhold more structural funding for established researchers who have already proven their scientific excellence?

Finally, the question remains whether peer review or structural funding leaves sufficient room for more daring research. Do we need a programme for breakthrough research that has high ambitions but runs the serious risk of failing to achieve the set goals? Or should we have the courage to break away from how we think about ‘successful’ and ‘non-successful’ being that ‘failures’ are just as

Moderator: Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch, Head of Research Affairs, Science Europe

Organizer: FWO

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Prof Véronique Van Speybroeck, Ghent University – Onderzoekers voor een sterker FWO

Prof Stan Gielen, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch, Head of Research Affairs, Science Europe

Prof Véronique Halloin, Secretary-General of F.R.S.-FNRS

Véronique Halloin graduated in civil chemical engineering in 1986 and obtained a PhD in applied sciences in1992. She became full professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2000, at the head of the chemical engineering research group, and hold the position of vice-head and head of the bioengineering school from 2000 to 2006, and vice-rector in charge of research and development, from 2006 to 2008. Since October 2008, she is Secretary General of the F.R.S.-FNRS. She is member of several boards and organizations, such as Science Europe, Academia Belgica, Welbio, the Queen Elisabeth Medical Foundation, the Fulbright Commission Belgium, The Federal Council of Science Policy. She also acts as Belgian delegate at the CERN Finance Committee and General Council, and at the Global Science Forum (OCDE).

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Science comics as a means of scientific communication

Comics are a popular art form especially among children and as such provide a potential medium for science education and communication. In an attempt to present science comics in a gallery exhibit I found many science themed comics and graphic books. Here I will provide an overview of already available comics that communicate science, the genre of ‘science comics’, and will provide a quick overview of literature on the use of comics in communicating science, including promises and challenges specific to the medium.

Moderator: Mićo Tatalović

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Mićo Tatalović

Mićo Tatalović has just completed the Knight Science Journalism fellowship at MIT, in Cambridge, US. Before that he was a science news editor, first at SciDev.Net and then at New Scientist. He’s originally from Rijeka, Croatia, and is still actively involved in promoting science journalism in the region, through initiatives such as the Balkan School of Science Journalism and Balkan Science Beat. He studied biology at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and then science communication at Imperial College London, where he researched the role of comic books in communicating science and published a paper Science comics as tools for science education and communication: a brief, exploratory study based on his master’s thesis Communication of science and the representation of science and scientists in science comics.

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Long shall we live in the city

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Ben Verhoeven

Nele Witters, Universiteit Hasselt

Veerle Van Linden, ILVO

Jan Adriaenssens, Director City of things - imec

Kathleen Bracke, Universiteit van Vlaanderen

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Smart(er) health(care) within everyone's reach: utopia or reality?

Smarter healthcare takes a holistic approach: technologies such as wearables and sensors, embedded in the IoT, genomics, precision medicine over electronic patient records and medical imaging to security and privacy. Researchers in various disciplines, doctors and medical staff, sick and healthy people, companies, decision makers, etc.—they are all stakeholders! Only by collaborating at all levels will we be able to address such crucial issues as:

·         How to prevent people from becoming chronically ill?  

·         How to monitor patient health data in a convenient, reliable, and continuous manner?

·         How to deploy advanced nanoelectronics technology for quick and accurate medical diagnosis?

·         How to help medical staff make better informed decisions based on large amounts of medical data?

·         How to help businesses develop sustainable eHealth solutions?

Moderator: Dr Valerie Storms, Mobile Health Unit

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Prof Dr Chris Van Hoof, imec and KU Leuven

Chris Van Hoof is Senior Director Connected Health Solutions at imec in Eindhoven and Leuven, where his teams provide innovative solutions for patient monitoring, preventive health and disease interception. Chris has taken connected health from embryonic research to a business line serving international customers. Chris likes to make things that really work and apart from delivering industry-relevant qualified solutions to customers, his work resulted in five startups (four in the healthcare domain). After receiving a PhD from the University of Leuven in 1992 in collaboration with imec, Chris has held positions as manager and director in diverse fields (sensors, imagers, 3D integration, MEMS, energy harvesting, body area networks, biomedical electronics, wearable health). He has published over 700 papers in journals and conference proceedings and has given over 100 invited talks. Chris is also full professor at the University of Leuven.

Prof Dr Pieter Vandervoort, Hasselt University and Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg

Dr Valerie Storms, Mobile Health Unit

Valerie Storms is program manager of the Mobile Health Unit, a center of expertise in mobile healthcare, build on the collaboration between three organizations; Hasselt University, Jessa Hospital (Hasselt) and Hospital East-Limburg (Genk). dr. Storms is member of the HealthCare research group of the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences at Hasselt University. She is responsible for research and innovation projects focusing on digital technology development & validation and HTA of new mHealth services. dr. Storms is an active member in different mHealth expert groups. She holds a PhD in Bio-Informatics and a masters degree in Bio-Engineering both from the KU Leuven.

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