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26 February, 26 April, 7 May, 14 May 2019
KU Leuven

Doctoral course targeting PhD students in social and political sciences with the objectives to bring students to critically (re)consider the possible challenges for research, policy and practice and reflexively position their role as researchers in relation to policy and practice.
Planned sessions:
• 26 February 2019: Researching ‘race’, poverty and mental health: An intersectional approach by Frank Keating at UGent
• 26 April 2019: Towards a Science of Social Change: Advancing a Rights Research Approach to Social Work Research and Evaluation by Tina Maschi at UA
• 7 May 2019: Theorizing disability and humanity by Dan Goodley at UGent
• 14 May 2019: Quantitative research and the secondary analysis of longitudinal data in social work research by Martin Elliott at KUL

18 March 2019

Forum ayant pour objectif de:
• Mettre en réseau chercheuses et de chercheurs (d’associations ou d’universités) dédié.e.s au développement durable et à la transition.
• Coproduire : offrir des opportunités de recherche et de collaborations entre associations et chercheurs de différentes disciplines.
• Dialoguer : présenter des échos de projets collaboratifs, identifier des voies de recherche conjointes pour produire d’autres choses ensemble et revendiquer des moyens pour la recherche dédiée au développement durable et à la transition.

28-29 March 2019
Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, VUB

Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 14.50.462-day professional development workshop in urban studies which will provide an exciting and unique multidisciplinary workshop on academic publishing, grants and jobs, specifically tailored for doctoral students and early-career academics working on urban issues. The workshop is led by well-known academics who have been part of scholarly journal editorial boards and hiring committees at different European universities.

Poster_2019On the 4th and the 25–26th of April 2019, the yearly edition of the course “What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century academia” will take place. The sessions and details may be seen on our dedicated page!

18–20 September 2019
KU Leuven, Laboratory for Education and Society
Call for abstract presently open!

When discussing the past, present and future of the university, the focus is often on institutional functions and roles, on broad educational philosophies and theories or on organizational structures and policy contexts. This conference takes a different approach. The point of departure are the study practices that define university life of both students and professors: academic writing, reading seminars, lectures, laboratory work, workshops, excursions, academic research, ….. Practices of study have their own history. This conference wants to create an occasion to think about their present state and their future modalities.

  • Monthly Slow Science Meeting

    Every first Friday of the month, passionates of Slow Science team meet and discuss. Join us to discuss, enjoy a drink, and have a good time! Contact 


  • 4 to 7 December 2017
    Ethics week
    Numerous events and presentations organized by the VUB. Presentations include:
    – Researching researchers: research ethics in the humanities
    – Wim Distelmans spreek over een waardig levenseinde
    – Grensoverschrijdend gedrag? Wat doet VUB
    – Ethics in research in the field of science and technology
    – Fake-news in biomedical sciences: towards a survival guide for PhD student
  • 6 December 2017 | 09:15 – 16:15
    Research Integrity: Position yourself for success!
    Universiteit Gent – Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium
    Ghent University, Ghent University Hospital and Janssen share information, tools and best practices.
  • 7 December 2017 | 09:00 – 19:00
    AssEt: Research & Ethics Conference
    U-Residence, Bld Géneral Jacques 271, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
    Research activities are increasingly scrutinized and legislated. Ethical screening, animal rights, human participants and privacy rights… Can one still claim to participate in free research under these requirements? VUB & ULB assess ethics in research and offer a platform for students and researchers to reflect about the ethical values and issues within their disciplines.
  • 11 and 12 December 2017
    The Limits of Transparency
    Palace of the Academies, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
    “Favoring informational openness and the accountability of all actors, transparency is held up as a miraculous panacea, as an instrument through which the citizens concerned can claim institutional justice and limit practices of obfuscation, opacity or bribery.” But “Is the move towards transparency a move towards a more open and critical society or is there the danger that it leads to a society closed onto itself?” Symposium organized by KVAB.
  • 20 December 2017 | 16:00 – 17:45
    VLIR – De Impact van Universiteiten in Vlaanderen
    Universitaire Stichting, Egmontstraat 11, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
    Event organized by the Flemish Interuniversity Council in which the results of an impact study of Flemish universities will be presented to the public, and will be followed by a discussion and a reception. Sign up here.
  • 21 December 2017 | 9:00 – 18:00
    ‘University for You’
    Het Pand, het stadhuis, het provinciehuis en De Krook, 9000 Gent, Belgium
    De UGent weet ondertussen waar ze goed in is, maar stelt zich nu de vraag waar ze goed voor is. Debatteer mee op het University for You (U4U)-event, samen met onder meer Herman Van Rompuy, Eric Swyngedouw, Bea Cantillon, Jan Rotmans, Dirk Geldof en Rik Van Cauwelaert.
  • 22 February 2018 | 20:00
    FuckUp Nights Brussels
    Beursschouwburg, rue August Orts, 20 28, 1000 Brussels

    Three or four speakers share the story of their biggest professional failure in 6 minutes 40 and 10 images, you ask questions and speakers reply in their best candid and authentic way!
  • 25 February 2018 | 10:00 to 14:00
    200 years Ughent: City and University
    STAM Gent, Godshuizenlaan 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium
    The Slow Science network would like to invite you to join us in visiting to the ‘200 years Ughent: City and University’ at het STAM. After the visit, we will meet up again at the neighbouring STAM café for drinks. Lunch, good conversation and pleasant company guaranteed. You are most definitely welcome, as are your family and friends!
  • 1 March 2018 | 19:00 to 23:00
    Failing Forward Faalfolies
    Illie Mangaro, Sassevaartstraat 47, 9000 Gent
    Mislukken, onderuitgaan, tekortschieten, stranden, floppen: ondernemers beleven heel wat grote en kleine faalmomenten. Tijdens de Failing Forward Faalfolies praten ondernemende mensen zonder schroom over de obstakels en onverwachte hindernissen op hun weg naar succes.
  • 22 March 2018 | 20:30
    Fraude in de wetenschap
    Aula, ZOL, Sint-Jan, Schiepse Bos 6, 3600 Genk
    Biomedisch onderzoek tussen fraude en integriteit, Prof. Kris Dierickx
    Kwaliteit van biomedisch onderzoek, kritische reflectie, Prof. Wim Pinxten
    Ethische aspecten bij biomedische publicaties, Prof. Joris Delanghe
  • 22 March 2018 | 19:45 to 22:00
    Getting the message across
    Auditorium 200M 00.07 Celestijnenlaan 200M, Heverlee
    Scientific communication is essential to connect scientific findings to the society. Unfortunately scientific research is often disseminated in an obscure, technical language that remains inaccessible to the public. In this presentation, Jean-Luc Dumont will present concrete tricks on how to make your articles, presentations, and graphics more accessible to the audience. Note: Registration is recommended.
  • 23 April 2018 | 19:30 to 21:00
    DEBATE: De democratische erfenis van 68: waar staat de universiteit vandaag?deBuren, Leopoldstraat 6, Brussels
    deBuren in collaboration with KU Leuven, UA, UGent and VUB are organizing a debate on the democratic legacy of 1968 and the role of universities then and now. The debate (in Dutch) is organized as part of the doctoral school course “What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century academia?”, but it is open to a broader audience. For everyone interested in slow science and/or the societal role of universities, this event is not to be missed!
  • 8 to 11 May 2018
    Participatory Video Festival #1
    De Koer, Meibloemstraat 86, Ghent, Belgium
    “The Festival’s aim is to push the Participatory Video agenda and learn from the most innovative and relevant video-using trends in- and outside academia; in participatory action research, visual ethnography, visual arts, activism, advocacy work and so on.”
  • Debates: The legal status of the doctoral fellows
    The ABVV is organising a series of debates to discuss the rights of doctoral students. The debates take place in English, but questions in Flemish are welcome.
    KU Leuven
      Keynotespeaker: Jo Coulier, ACOD Onderwijs
    Panel: rector Prof. L. Sels
    With the representatives of the Trade Union
    Gent University
    Keynote speaker: Tim Joosen, ACOD Overheidsdiensten
    Panel: rector Prof. R. Van de Walle
    With the representatives of the Trade Union
    Brussels University
    Keynote speaker: Tim Joosen, ACOD Overheidsdiensten
    Panel: rector Prof. C. Pauwels
    With the representatives of the Trade Union
    University of Hasselt (in Dutch)
     Keynote speaker: ACOD Onderwijs Limburg, Jo Coulier, vakbondsafgevaardigde ABVV-ACOD 
    University of Antwerp
  • Informal Slow Science Gathering
    4 May 2018 | 20:00
    Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent
    At the end of our Doctoral Schools’ course ‘What does it mean to be a researcher in 21stcentury academia?’ some of us thought it would be a good idea to continue the community that has been formed during the course(s) and through the website/e-mail. Our idea is to meet regularly in order to stimulate discussion and exchange of ideas and to form a group of like-minded people for possible projects or actions. We would meet every first Friday of the month, with a rotation system for the location. Apart from the fact that we want these gatherings to be informal, we don’t yet have a concrete idea of how they should look like in terms of form or content; this is something we would like to discuss with the rest of you during the first gathering.
  • 25 May 2018 | 18:00-20:00
    Migrant Women on Constant Move
    Sainctlette Square 17, 1000 Brussels
    Migrant Women on constant move will generate discussion and exchange on points of view concerning feminism, activism and civil organizations, specifically from migrant women ́s perspective. Speakers: Antoinette Torres (Afrofémnas); Mónica Weissel (Collective Femmes Survivantes); Anna Zobnina (ENoMW); Thamara Cruz & Ana Valenzuela (SIEMPRE BE).
  • 5 July 2018 | 13:00-14:30
    Gendered Barriers: Examining Historical and Present-day Issues concerning Professional and Academic Access
    Zaal Blauwe Vogel
    “Feminist rhetoricians often study the verbal and written arguments women have made—the discursive rhetorics they have composed—to argue for their rights and to make positive change in their worlds. These scholars also often analyze the dominant, patriarchal discourses that have worked to suppress and marginalize women in various ways. Jessica Enoch’s presentation forwards this feminist project by focusing attention on the dominant discourses that have shaped women’s academic and professional experiences and the ways women have composed their own rhetorics to intervene in these discourses to access the the university and various career opportunities”.
  • 8 November 2018 |16.00-18.00Zijn we goed bezig? Uitdagingen en evoluties in de academische loopbaan
    Paleis der Academiën, Brussel
    De Jonge Academie zoomt in op het thema van de academische loopbaan met facts & figures, getuigenissen en debat.
  • 4 December 2018 |12.45-14.00
    Should the university encourage slow science?
    CYCL01, Bât. Marc de Hemptinne, 2, chemin du Cyclotron, 1348 Louvain la Neuve
    Midi de l’éthique à Louvain la Neuve, avec trois objectifs bien précis. “D’abord, préciser la nature du diagnostic du mouvement « slow science » et examiner s’il correspond à nos réalités. Avons-nous moins le « temps de penser » qu’avant et est-ce dû aux modes de financement et d’évaluation? Ensuite, évaluer la désirabilité du modèle de la recherche qu’il promeut. Un tel modèle n’est-il pas insensible aux demandes légitimes de nos sociétés ? Ne sous-estime-t-il pas l’apport essentiel de la recherche appliquée à la recherche fondamentale ? Enfin, réfléchir s’il serait possible d’y faire droit dans nos modes d’évaluation et de financement universitaires, mais aussi peut-être dans nos modes d’organisation quotidiens.”
  • 4–7 December 2018
    Ethics week at the VUB
    This event aims to focus on the changing research ethics in a world in transformation. The week of ethics consists of a series of meetings around ethical themes that matter to new and more established researchers at the university, as well as to policy makers. Lectures in English. See the link for more information!

  • 6 December 2018 |14.00-18.00
    17th Ethical Forum of the University Foundation – Towards Anglophone universities?
    In universities on both sides of our linguistic border, English has been making steady progress in recent years. In many fields, all publications are in English, and in the others, researchers are strongly encouraged to publish in English. A growing number of study programmes are offered partially or exclusively in English. More and more academic vacancies are advertised in English and more and more selection committees meet in English. In several universities internal communication has become largely bilingual. Some department and faculty council meetings are even routinely held in English. This forum will be held in English.
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