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Invest in excellence, support a project

At the VUB there are literally hundreds of excellent research and education projects on the go. At the same time our university is a genuine enterprise, with an extensive infrastructure that calls for constant maintenance and modernisation. Of course all of this costs a lot of money. By supporting one or more of the VUB’s projects, you will be helping us to maintain the same high level of excellence across the board – in research and education, but also in services to the community.

SAVE OUR VUB SWIMMING POOL

Swimming facilities are scarce in Brussels. The VUB is renovating the swimming pool for its students and the neighborhood. Social, sustainable and educational are just some of the key words in this project. Water is life. Invest in this swimming pool.

VUB SEAEXPLORER, A WORLD'S FIRST

Oceans play a positive role in the fight against greenhouse gases. How can they help reduce the excess CO2? Plankton plays the main role here. Invest in a mini submarine equipped with unique VUB sensors.

PROGRESS THANKS TO A BIOBANK

In order to develop new medicins or efficient therapies, scientists need to be able to do tests on samples. The VUB owns 1,5 million human samples, coming from voluntary donors. All these sample need to be preserved in the right conditions. Only then can

Save Our VUB Swimming Pool

For more than 25 years top athletes, associations, schools and recreational swimmers have been able to enjoy the VUB swimming pool. But this intensive use and the age of the building have left their mark. The VUB is therefore planning a new swimming pool for its students and the neighborhood. Help support this important social meeting place!

Besides government support and investment of the VUB, extra means are necessary to keep the VUB swimming pool open. This will enable schools, students and top athletes to continue swimming in our swimming pool. Because of the shortage of swimming pools in Brussels, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for primary schools to find a swimming pool that can provide for the compulsory swimming classes, a problem that was recently highlighted by the VRT

There will also be a smaller bath with moveable bottom for rehabilitation treatment, and swimming classes for the little ones. The new swimming pool will be energy efficient and make use of sustainable materials and technologies.

Do you also believe that the VUB swimming  pool needs to remain open?
Become a donor. Every tile counts.

Do you like to invest in innovation and renovation so that students, associations, schools, top athletes and recreational swimmers can keep swimming? If so, support us today with a donation at account number BE51 0013 6779 3562 mentioning VUB-swimming pool or donate online here

Please do not hesitate to contact the VUB Foundation for more information

Contact
Foundation

Phone number
+32 2 629 11 83

e-mail
foundation@vub.ac.be

SHORT FACTS

Project: a new VUB swimming pool with instruction pool: swimming water for all!
Initiator: faculty of Physical Education & Physiotherapy 
Cost: EUR 6 million, of which EUR 1.7 million via generous donations 
Target date: start of the works in the spring of 2016, opening September 2017

Sebastien Godefroid Silver medal sailing, Olympic Games, 1996. Gold medal, World Championship Sailing, Finn classification, 2001. Swimming Pool Ambassador

"When I started studying at the VUB, the swimming pool had just opened. Every morning from 7 to 8 I swam lengths there. Now, 25 years later, the swimming pool needs renovation. That's why I'm happy to be an ambassador for this project. The smell of that swimming pool is still on my skin, so to speak. I’m delighted to support the renovation project for the VUB swimming pool, so that many of today’s students later will be able to look back with pleasure on the hours they spent in that pool."

Eddy De Smedt Director, Top Sports - Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC)

"Top athletes have to be able to optimally combine their sports and university ambitions. ... for years the VUB has been fulfilling a pioneering role in that field. This VUB swimming pool has prepared a lot of athletes in the past decades. I'm convinced that the Olympic movement awaits a brilliant future, if all actors optimally and collectively mobilize the available means. It is therefore necessary that also the VUB can keep investing in the athletes of tomorrow. The innovation of the VUB swimming pool in that context is therefore a must."

VUB SeaExplorer, a world's first

There are generally two ways to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere: limiting the production of CO2, or absorbing it. For the latter, plankton in our oceans is particularly suitable. However, research shows that plankton is not everywhere as abundantly present as it used to be. In some oceanic areas, it has completely disappeared. How can we help plankton spread again over all oceans? The answer is fertilization with substances that attract plankton. In order to know which substances are needed where, research is necessary. To this purpose the VUB wants to buy an ocean robot and equip it with special, in-house developed sensors. Help support the VUB SeaExplorer and contribute to cleaner air!

Essential Research

Research with an oceanic research vessel is too expensive to afford for the VUB researchers. It requires a giant sum of 5000 euro a day, plus the cost of the crew. The VUB SeaExplorer offers the solution. This robot was developed at the university of Seattle and can function independently for six months. The SeaExplorer is controlled via a satellite.

VUB SeaExplorer

With the VUB SeaExplorer, history can be written. The VUB developped special sensors that can be attached to the SeaExplorer, and are the first and only sensors for this robot that can measure all substances in the oceans, and that make it possible to map the areas. With this unique project the VUB focuses on a sustainable solution for possibly the greatest challenge that is facing the world! 

SHORT FACTS

Project: VUB SeaExplorer
Initiator: faculty of Science & Bioengineering
Cost: €150,000 for year 1, €400,000 for 4 years
Target date: end of 2015

Willy Baeyens Professor

"One of the most efficient means to fight the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere is to increase the absorption of this CO2 by the oceans. Plankton is particularly suitable for this. Before we are able to increase the growth of plankton in the oceans, we have to know specifically what substances can be added at what time and in what area to stimulate plankton growth. The effects of these additions will be closely monitored. For these necessary studies the SeaExplorer plays an essential role. His big autonomy and applicability are unparalleled."

Progress thanks to a biobank

In order to develop new medicins or efficient therapies, scientists need to be able to do tests on samples. The VUB owns 1,5 million human samples, coming from voluntary donors. All these sample need to be preserved in the right conditions. Only then can reliable research results be achieved. The preservation happens in biobanks: special freezers with a database system. The existing freezers – about 500 on the campus in Jette – are out of date. Support the purchase of a new freezer and help human and animal!

The first freezer was financed with financial help from Levenslijn. This biobank served exclusively to organize diabetes research. This diabetes biobank is one of the largest in the world and delivers research materials to more than 100 diabetes scientists.

Dangerous diseases

Cancer and diabetes research is supported by the government and particular organisations. But for the many other dangerous diseases there are no financial means available.

No animals, but samples

The VUB owns about 1,5 million samples that urgently need a new freezer. Thanks to these human samples from voluntary donors, animal testing becomes redundant! Your donation helps human and animal.

SHORT FACTS

Project: Biobanks for all diseases
Initiator: faculties of Medicine & Pharmacy
Cost: €300,000 (€15,000/biobank)
Target date: 2014

Willy Baeyens Professor

"One of the most efficient means to fight the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere is to increase the absorption of this CO2 by the oceans. Plankton is particularly suitable for this. Before we are able to increase the growth of plankton in the oceans, we have to know specifically what substances can be added at what time and in what area to stimulate plankton growth. The effects of these additions will be closely monitored. For these necessary studies the SeaExplorer plays an essential role. His big autonomy and applicability are unparalleled."