Tuesday, 21 May, 2024 - 16:00 until 18:00
VUB Main Campus Etterbeek
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Elsene
Venue: Pilar BOX
Free of charge

Vrije Universiteit Brussel is pleased to invite you to the Doctoral Derby finals on Tuesday 21 May. This event is the last milestone of a three-month trajectory of nine PhD candidates and postdocs who have learned to communicate their complex scientific topic in an engaging and accessible way.

This event is more than just a competition - it's a testament to the incredible work being done at VUB in science and science communication. No matter your background, you’ll find something to spark your curiosity and leave you impressed.

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Finalists Doctoral Derby

The finalists

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Silke Marynissen (Participation and Learning in Detention)
  • Wilke Morten (Finance and insurance)
  • Dora Chigoho (Molecular Imaging & Therapy)
  • Frederick Van Gestel (Center for Neurosciences)
  • Huanyu Xiong (Pain in Motion)
  • Eliza Van de Sande (Ecology, Evolution & Genetics)
  • Hannelore Geeraert (Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science)
  • Yuheng Zhao (Laboratory of General Chemistry)
  • Jara SalueΓ±a (Microbiology)

A photo impression of last year's Doctoral Derby Finals during VUB's PHD Day: 

PhD Day 2023

Training programme for doctoral students

The Doctoral Derby is an initiative of VUB's Doctoral Training Programme. This programme offers more than 2,000 doctoral students a structural framework for developing research and teaching skills. They can attend free seminars and numerous workshops, for example on presentation techniques, project management, academic English or career coaching.  Thanks to the programme, they acquire skills that add value to their PhD careers and their future careers inside or outside academia.

Read more about earning a doctorate at VUB  Are you a doctoral student at VUB? Discover our training programme.

The world needs you

This initiative is part of VUB's public programme: a programme for everyone who believes that scientific knowledge sharing, critical thinking and dialogue are an important first step to create impact in the world. 

As an Urban Engaged University, VUB aims to be a driver of change in the world. With our academic edcuational programmes and innovative research, we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and to making a difference locally and globally.

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