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  • VUB'er Gert DesmetEvery minute, hundreds of thousands of molecules are actively involved in biochemical processes in the human body. Currently, however, scientists can only detect 10,000 of these molecules with any level of precision. Chemist Gert Desmet from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has received a €2.5 million grant from the European Research Council to change that over the next five years. 

  • VUB Alumnus Jean BourgainIn the 1970s and 80s one of Belgium’s most brilliant minds studied and worked at VUB. Jean Bourgain has spent, however, the largest part of his career at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Valhalla for theorists. The institute plans to honour Bourgain for his contribution to the field of pure mathematics at a unique event.

  • Calling all professors, students and alumni, staff, supporters and friends of VUB: all are invited to take part in a survey about the university’s identity this month. This is the start of a major exercise that will result in a new visual identity and clarify VUB’s position in the world. The project culminates in May, 24th, at the first VUB Congress.

November 2020