This time the VUB PhD Research Day was themed ‘Open Science’. A hot topic, or so it seems when we look at the many initiatives taken by various governments including the European Union. Don't be mistaken: science is becoming more and more a network affair. Numerous scientists join forces in the context of their research, beyond the boundaries of their institutions or even continents to get faster and better results. Open science is thus an efficient way to share knowledge, findings and insights.
The opening speech was delivered by our rector Paul De Knop who proudly announced that the number of awarded PhD degrees at the VUB has almost doubled in the past decade, going from 101 in 2002 to 185 last year. He therefore deservedly stated, “After all, without the doctorates, without you, there is no science, no knowledge, and no university.”
Our panel discussion on Open Science was initiated with video messages of European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Mrs. Neelie Kroes and Wikipedia co-founder Mr. Jimmy Wales. Moderated by Mrs. Inge Van Nieuwerburgh a fascinating talk on Open Access took place with policy-makers, experts and scientists. We remember that the issue of accessibility of research results and research data will increasingly gather importance in the scientific debated of the 21st digital century.
In the afternoon the focus returned to our own junior researchers. A multi-disciplinary poster session exhibited over 135 scientific posters and all 8 faculties organised their own presentation sessions. We still have some Book of Abstracts for those interested, to be picked up at the Central PhD Office.
5 of our doctoral researchers received an award for their poster:
Next to all this, another event took place. The kick-off of FLAMES, the Flanders Training Network for Methodology and Statistics. An inter-university initiative launched to support young researchers in pursuit of smooth, first class empirical research with evidence based conclusions.
In short, the VUB PhD Research Day was a success! We hope to see you all again for the 3rd edition in 2016, in the mean time you can revisit the event below!