Building Bridges – Colloquium on Interdisciplinary Research



Palace of the Academies, Brussels

Building Bridges – Colloquium on Interdisciplinary Research


Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten
Departement Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie
Jonge Academie

The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB), the Jonge Academie and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (Departement EWI) are organizing a colloquium on interdisciplinary research and (higher) education.

During this colloquium we will try to formulate answers to some of the obstacles (e.g. evaluation) related to interdisciplinary research and education, but also inspire researchers and facilitate their interdisciplinary endeavours.

We will start the day with an inspiring keynote on the importance of interdisciplinary research, followed by break-out sessions where experts will share their experience of what is needed to encourage, set up, evaluate and execute interdisciplinary research/education.

The colloquium will be held in English. Participation is free, but registration is required.


9h00 – 9h30: Registration

9h30- 11h00: Opening session

  • Introduction: Christoffel Waelkens, KU Leuven
  • Keynote lecture: Edith Heard, Director General European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) (TBC)

11h00 – 12h30: Break-out sessions – part I

12h30 – 13h30: Lunch

13h30 – 15h00: Break-out sessions part II

15h15 – 16h50: Closing session

  • Debate
    • Participants: Diederik Aerts, VUB (TBC); Michael Biggs, University of Herfordshire; Linda de Greef, University of Amsterdam; Karolien De Wael, UAntwerpen
    • Moderator: Ben Turner, ERC Executive Agency
  • Closing

16h50 – 18h: Reception

Break out sessions

  • Actions facilitating/encouraging interdisciplinary in (higher) education
    • Linda de Greef, University of Amsterdam
    • Diana Bullen Presciutti, University of Essex
  • Fostering the ideal conditions for setting-up/supporting interdisciplinary research projects
    • Annemieke Vandamme, KU Leuven
    • Diederik Aerts, VUB (TBC)
  • What are the best ways to evaluate interdisciplinary research projects?
    • Michael Biggs, University of Herfordshire
    • Angelika Kalt, Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Tips and tricks on how to write/execute interdisciplinary research projects
    • Karolien De Wael, UAntwerpen
    • Andrea Evers, Leiden University
    • Michelle Plusquin, UHasselt
    • Marc Leman, UGent (TBC)
    • Mireille Hildebrandt, VUB (TBC)