Ontdek onze eredoctoraten door de jaren heen

Sinds 1978 kregen verschillende persoonlijkheden met de meest diverse achtergronden de titel van Doctor Honoris Causa van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel in erkenning voor hun inzet binnen hun vakgebied en voor onze maatschappij. Hieronder vind je een overzicht van alle wetenschappers en persoonlijkheden die een eredoctoraat ontvingen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Klik op de namen in onderstaand chronologisch uitklapmenu en ontdek hun volledige portret, carrière en de reden van hun eredoctoraat.

Thierry Boon-Falleur

Arts-wetenschapper - “It is important to think about the transformative effect of science in society."

Antoni Ribas

Arts-wetenschapper - "The biggest investment we can make in our lives is to be able to change how human disease happens."

Pierre Kompany

Politicus - "My difference has always been my strength. My respect for others an asset."

William Kentridge

Contemporary artist - “Forgetting is natural, remembering is the effort one makes.”

Ann Bruyan

Documentairemaakster en wetenschapspopularisator - "One of the greatest powers of science is that it teaches you to know when you are being lied to."

Dirk Braeckman

Fotograaf - “The story lies with the person who looks at my pictures"

Stephan Vanfleteren

Fotograaf - "Failures are an inherent part of self-development" 

Svetlana Alexievich

Historica, onderzoeksjournaliste, auteur - " My wish is to humanize history"

"My difference has always been my strength. My respect for others an asset."


Simon Gronowski

Advocaat, auteur en jazzpianist - Life is beautiful, but is a struggle every day.

Yuval Noah Harari

Historicus, futuroloog, filosoof en auteur - “Consistency is the playground of dull minds.”

Koenraad Tinel 

Beeldhouwer en tekenaar - "If there's no negativity there can't be any positivity."

Gerard 'GAL' Alsteen

Cartoonist - “The protection of vulnerable people, thats my ensign.”

Robbert Dijkgraaf

Natuurkundige en wiskundige wetenschapper en onderzoeker - “Truth is a proces, beauty is a compass that guides many great scientists.”

Elena Milashina

Onderzoeksjournaliste en schrijfster - "It's a new sort of death threat... an attempt to silence me."

Sihem Bensedrine

Journaliste en mensenrechtenactiviste - “European attitudes towards North African and Middle Eastern countries are incredibly mixed.”

Emma Bonino 

Politica - "I mean to defend the rights of individuals in a liberal prospect."

Paul Ginsparg

Fysicus - "The future will be much like the present, only longer."

Jan Terlouw

Politicus, auteur en fysicus - "Humans are as consequent as a magic ball and as predictable as a tsunami and sometimes they're suddenly right."

Willy Peers

Chirurg, verloskundige en activist -  "The intolerance of others reinforces my will to fight for the right cause."

Lucie Van Crombrugge

Abortusactiviste en feministe - "The ultimate goals is for every child to be born in a safe and loving nest."

Fatou Bensouda

Internationaal rechter en aanklager - "I like to see that victims know that they have a voice."

Kim Clijsters

Professionele tennisspeelster - "Stubbornness makes athletes do things that people say we can't do."

Eddy Merckx

Profwielrenner en kampioen, ondernemer - "Ride as much or as little or as long or as short as you feel. But ride."

Marleen Temmerman

Gynaecoloog - "I don't feel like a world improver, I choose things I can do something about, and I do them."

Chris Van den Wyngaert

Professor, rechter en auteur - "The quality of a court shouldn't be measured in the number of convictions, but in whether -or- not the trials are fair."

Nawal El Saadawi

Gynaecologe, psychiater en schrijfster - "Nothing is more perilous than truth in a world that lies."

Frie Leysen

Festivaldirecteur en curator - "Disturbing, not pleasing, should be art's role."

Simone Veil

Politica - "It is here that the will must resurface for a world based on respect of man and his dignity."

Thomas Reilly

 Sportwetenschapper - "Strive everyday to be the best you can be."

Dario Fo

Toneelschrijver, regisseur, acteur, componist, kostuumontwerper - "Know how to live the time that is given you." 

Pattie Maes

Professor Media Arts & Sciences en ondernemer - "We like to invent new disciplines or look at new problems, and invent bandwagons rather than jump on them."

Jean-Baptiste 'Toots' Thielemans

Muzikant - "Long as there's love in your heart to share, dear bluesette don't despair."

Sadako Ogata

VN-Diplomaat - "They are back with friends, but they are not back home yet."

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Choreografe en danseres - "When you're really convinced of your identity, you don't need tough statements or flags."

Peter Piot

Epidemioloog - "In order to stop an epidemic, you need to know how the virus is transmitted."

Theodore Millon

Psycholoog - "One response to feeling abandoned is to abandon yourself."

Frederik Willem de Klerk

Politicus en oud-president van Zuid-Afrika - "We do what we do because we believe it is right."

Nelson Mandela

Politicus en anti-apartheidsstrijder - "A winner is a dreamer who never gives up."

Bronisław Geremek

Sociaal geschiedkundige en politicus - "The future of Europe will be secure if peace and stability touch the lives of young Europeans."

Willy Brandt

Politicus, activist en kanselier - "Peace is not everything, but without peace, everything is nothing."

Václav Havel

Schrijver, politicus en dissident - "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed."

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Oceanograaf - "Man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free."

Robert Geoffrey Edwards

Fysioloog en grondlegger van van in-vitrofertilisatie - "I wanted to find out exactly who was in charge... It was us."

Rom Harré

Psycholoog, filosoof en auteur - "There is nothing in the universe except meaning and molecules."

Marvin L. Minksy

Wetenschapper, uitvinder en auteur - "You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way."

Andrej Sacharov

Kernfysicus en activist - "Intellectual freedom is the only guarantee of a scientific democratic approach."

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

VN-Diplomaat - "Peace is the ultimate human aspiration."

Renato Dulbecco

Viroloog, moleculair bioloog en kankeronderzoeker - "Competition is always a good thing."

Henri Storck

Cinematograaf - "Reconstruction is something the protagonist will experience as lived and not played."