Building bridges – colloquium on interdisciplinary research - 9 September 2019

17/06/2019 09:29

The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB), de Jonge Academie (JA) 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.


9h00 – 9h30: Registration

9h30- 11h00: Opening session

  • Introduction: Christoffel Waelkens, KU Leuven
  • Keynote lecture: Michael O’Rourke, Interim Director, MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity - Michigan State University

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

12h30 – 13h30: Lunch

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

15h15 – 16h50: Closing session

  • Debate
    • Participants: 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
    • 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
    • Mireille Hildebrandt, VUB (TBC)


Palace of the Academies, Hertogstraat 1, 1000 Brussel