Scientific activities

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Since its creation the University Foundation has developed initiatives to support scientific research in Belgium. These activities have evolved over time, because the University Foundation aims to be complementary to other bodies (government agencies, FWO/FNRS …).
Our main initiatives are currently:

  • financial support for the publication of scientific works (books, journals, papers),
  • the organization of scientific meetings (Ethical Forum, Rebel),
  • providing facilities for the organization of scientific and academic activities by external organizations.

A new cycle of lunch-debates of the initiative "A World of Cities" is organized on Friday 21 April 2017 (Strategy in Flanders) , on Tuesday 30 May 2017 (Infrastructure and Landscape), and on Friday 30 June 2017 (Quality of Life in European Cities).

The next activity of Re-Bel will take place on Thursday June,15, 2017 and will take with the topic:  'Multiculturalism and integration policy in Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels".
Future plans:
Thursday 14 December 2017: Patriotism at the local, regional, national and European levels: Are they compatible? Are they necessary? 
Thursday 14 June 2018: Mobility policy: too centralized or too decentralized? 
Thursday 13 December 2018: Belgium's 6th state reform: how good was it?  
More information: www.rethinkingbelgium.eu.

For further information on the activities please see the Dutch or the French section of the website.

In an offical ceremony at the University Foundation on Tuesday December 12, 2016,  the biannual Fernand Collin Prize for Law was awarded to dr. Sofie Cools for her Ph. D. thesis “De bevoegdheidsverdeling tussen algemene vergadering en raad van bestuur in de NV”, published by Roularta Media Group, 2015, 735 p. She obtained her Ph. D. from the KU Leuven in 2014 with Professor Koen Geens as supervisor.  

The composition of the jury was as follows: H. Bocken (chairman), K. Byttebier,  K. Byttebier, H. Cousy, B. Deconinck, F. Deruyck, P. Popelier, H. Swennen, M. Van Damme, W. Van Eeckhoutte, A. Van Oevelen, I. Verougstraete, J. Wouters and A. Wylleman. 

The 15th Ethical Forum took place at the University Foundation on Thursday December 8, 2016, and addressed the question "Is Academia a place for women? The strenuous road from Ph. D. student to rector.The ecvent was very successful, with very good presentations and a lively discussion.

The presentations of most speakers are now available on line, togerthes with a selection of interesting background documents . Click here for the programme and here for the downloads.

The University Foundation provides financial support for various scientific publications (books, journals, papers), to promote the research carried out in Belgium. 
A list of the recently sponsored publications with the relevant bibliographic references is available : books, papers, journals. A list of previously supported publications is also available .