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"Without the freedom to ask difficult questions, research is not really free."

In these bizarre times, the VUB’s humanistic values are as important as ever. Ethics Week is a chance to reflect on the meaning of the VUB’s commitment to research that serves the good of humanity. This year, our kick-off and closing sessions will focus on the importance of informed consent in two different domains: in research in conflict areas, and in medical research. Besides the kick-off and closing sessions, we will also hold a number of sessions with a practical focus, looking at dual use and military research, animal experimentation, data and ethics, and conflicts of interest. Our Science Communication team will organise a session on the US Elections. We will also hold two sessions that reflect the VUB’s core values: an award session for development co-operation, and a ceremony to re-dedicate the VUB’s monument to the victims of human rights abuses.

Announcements:

The VUB’s Ethics Week will take place from 30th of November to 4th of December 2020. Ethics week is a chance to both reflect on our core values in these difficult times, and to provide practical guidance with ethics in research. The week consists of various sessions at the VUB’s two campuses (Etterbeek and Jette). The sessions consist of the following:

  • A series of practical sessions looking at informed consent, medical research, dual use and military research, animal experimentation, data and ethics, and conflicts of interest. These sessions will involve VUB ethics experts and members of our ethical committees and are intended to help researchers at all levels with the ethics questions they face.
  • A Science Bar Brussels (Dutch language) on voting behaviour in the US Elections.
  • Two sessions in which we recognise the VUB’s core values: a re-dedication of the VUB’s human rights monument, and an award for development co-operation.

All the sessions except the Science Bar take place in English. Sessions will take place at physical locations, but remote participation will also be possible.

 

Monday 30th November 

Kick-off: ‘Conflict & Consent’

  • This session will address the challenges of obtaining informed consent in highly sensitive situations. Two researchers will discuss their experiences of working in conflict zones and working with people who have been involved in conflicts.
  • Speakers: Ellen Vermeulen & Kevin Smets
  • U-Residence, Campus Etterbeek
  • 12:00-14:00
  • Language: English

Tuesday 1st December

Ethics Lunch Session (Etterbeek): Data & Ethics

  • This session will address the importance of metadata for ensuring the reproducibility of scientific research.
  • Speaker: Niek Van Wettere
  • U-Residence, Campus Etterbeek
  • 12:00-14:00
  • Language: English

Science Bar Brussels

  • Stemgedrag in de Amerikaanse Presidentsverkiezingen
  • Speakers: Professor Alison Woodward; Professor Dave Sinardet
  • Location: Bar PILAR Campus Etterbeek
  • Time: 19:00-21:00
  • Language: Dutch

Student Lunch Session 1 (Jette): Gerontology and Ethics

  • Master’s students from the programme in gerontology will organise a session about ethics issues from their research.
  • Speakers: TBC
  • Location: Atrium, Campus Jette
  • 12:00-14:00
  • Language: English

Wednesday 2nd December

Ethics Lunch Session (Jette): Animal Experiments

  • This session will discuss current policy issues relating to animal experiments.
  • Speakers: Professor Karin Breeckpot & Professor Eline Menu
  • Atrium, Campus Jette
  • 12:00-14:00
  • Language: English

Reinvestment of VUB Human Rights Monument

  • The VUB will install a monument to the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre and other victims of human rights violations.
  • Speakers: VUB Rector Caroline Pauwels
  • Location TBC
  • 13:30-14:30
  • Language: English

Thursday 3rd December

Ethics Lunch Session (Etterbeek): Ethics and Military Technologies in Research

  • Speakers: Members of the VUB Ethics Committee for Dual Use, Military Research, and Misuse.
  • U-Residence, Campus Etterbeek
  • 12:00-14:00
  • Language: English

Student Lunch Session 2 (Jette): Ethics and Biomedical Sciences

  • Master’s students from the programme in Biomedical Science will organise a session about ethics issues from their research.
  • Speakers: TBC
  • Location: Atrium, Campus Jette
  • 12:00-14:00
  • Language: English

Presentation of University Development Cooperation Career Award

  • The VUB University Development Co-operation Office will present its new award for outstanding development cooperation.
  • Speakers: TBC
  • Location: TBC
  • 16:00-18:00

Friday 4th December

Ethics Lunch Session (Jette): Informed Consent and Medical Research

  • This session will address two current issues in informed consent in medical research: first, informed consent in family research, and second issues around informed consent and euthanasia.
  • Speakers: Frank Schwitser & Adelheid Rigo
  • Atrium, Campus Jette
  • 12:00-14:00

Ethics Lunch Session (Etterbeek): Conflicts of Interest and Spin Offs

  • During this session, the VUB’s Technology Transfer Office will present their guidelines for addressing potential conflicts of interest when researchers start their own spin off companies based on their work.
  • Speakers: Kristel Mommaerts (jurist, VUB TechTransfer); Hugo Loosvelt (IP and licencing manager VUB TechTransfer).
  • U-Residence, Campus Etterbeek
  • 12:00-14:00
  • Language: English

 

 

 

 

TO REGISTRATION

vrijdag 23 oktober, 10:00

PhD Tan Lu

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences of Mr. Tan Lu  Promotor: Prof. dr. Ann Dooms...

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences of Mr. Tan Lu  Promotor: Prof...

vrijdag 23 oktober, 10:00

PhD Tan Lu

Promotor: Prof. dr. Ann Dooms Voor een beperkt publiek op de Campus Etterbeek van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2 te 1050 Elsene, D2.01. De verdediging kan via een livestream gevolgd worden.  Contacteer Jan.De.Beule@vub.ac.be voor meer informatie.

Promotor: Prof. dr. Ann Dooms Voor een beperkt publiek op de Campus Etterbeek van de Vrije Univer...

vrijdag 23 oktober, 11:00

Seminar Silencing across borders: surveillance and digital threats against exiled dissidents and diaspora activists

Authoritarian regimes have long used a variety of repressive tools to control, silence, and punish dissidents living beyond their borders. Yet the advent of the Internet—and its central role in activist communities—has changed the means by which these regimes choose to intimidate...

Authoritarian regimes have long used a variety of repressive tools to control, silence, and punis...

vrijdag 23 oktober, 16:00

PhD Marek Reichstädter

Openbare verdediging tot het behalen van de academische graad van Doctor in de Wetenschappen van de heer Marek Reichstädter   Promotors: Associate prof. Ing. Pavel Diviš, PhD en prof. dr. Yue Gao Joint PhD met Brno University of Technology (BUT)

Openbare verdediging tot het behalen van de academische graad van Doctor in de Wetenschappen van ...

vrijdag 23 oktober, 16:00

PhD Marek Reichstädter

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences of Mr. Marek Reichstädter   Promotors: Associate prof. Ing. Pavel Diviš, PhD and prof. dr. Yue Gao Joint PhD with Brno University of Technology (BUT)

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences of Mr. Marek Reichstädter  ...

maandag 26 oktober, 14:00

PhD Dianbiao Dong

Openbare doctoraatsverdediging tot het behalen van de graad van Doctor in de Ingenieurswetenschappen van de heer Dianbiao Dong. Gelieve als bijlage de uitnodiging te vinden.

Openbare doctoraatsverdediging tot het behalen van de graad van Doctor in de Ingenieurswetenschap...

maandag 26 oktober, 14:00

PhD Dianbiao Dong

Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Sciences of Mr. Dianbiao Dong. Please find attached the invitation.

Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Scie...

maandag 26 oktober, 17:00

PhD Bram Vancompernolle

Openbare verdediging tot het behalen van de academische graad van Doctor in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen van de heer Bram Vancompernolle Promotor: Prof. dr. ir. Geert Angenon...

Openbare verdediging tot het behalen van de academische graad van Doctor in de Bio-ingenieurswete...

maandag 26 oktober, 17:00

PhD Bram Vancompernolle

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Bioengineering Sciences of Mr. Bram Vancompernolle Promotor: Prof. dr. ir. Geert Angenon The defense can be followed through a live stream. Contacteer bram.vancompernolle@vub.be for more information.

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Bioengineering Sciences of Mr. Bram ...

dinsdag 27 oktober, 16:00

PhD Sven Boulanger

Openbare doctoraatsverdediging tot het behalen van de graad van Doctor in de Ingenieurswetenschappen van de heer Sven Boulanger. Gelieve als bijlage de uitnodiging te vinden.

Openbare doctoraatsverdediging tot het behalen van de graad van Doctor in de Ingenieurswetenschap...

dinsdag 27 oktober, 16:00

PhD Sven Boulanger

Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Sciences of Mr. Sven Boulanger. Please find attached the invitation.

Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Scie...

Ethics Week 2020

vrijdag 23 oktober, 10:00

PhD Tan Lu

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences of Mr. Tan Lu  Promotor: Prof. dr. Ann Dooms...

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences of Mr. Tan Lu  Promotor: Prof...

vrijdag 23 oktober, 10:00

PhD Tan Lu

Promotor: Prof. dr. Ann Dooms Voor een beperkt publiek op de Campus Etterbeek van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2 te 1050 Elsene, D2.01. De verdediging kan via een livestream gevolgd worden.  Contacteer Jan.De.Beule@vub.ac.be voor meer informatie.

Promotor: Prof. dr. Ann Dooms Voor een beperkt publiek op de Campus Etterbeek van de Vrije Univer...

vrijdag 23 oktober, 11:00

Seminar Silencing across borders: surveillance and digital threats against exiled dissidents and diaspora activists

Authoritarian regimes have long used a variety of repressive tools to control, silence, and punish dissidents living beyond their borders. Yet the advent of the Internet—and its central role in activist communities—has changed the means by which these regimes choose to intimidate...

Authoritarian regimes have long used a variety of repressive tools to control, silence, and punis...

vrijdag 23 oktober, 16:00

PhD Marek Reichstädter

Openbare verdediging tot het behalen van de academische graad van Doctor in de Wetenschappen van de heer Marek Reichstädter   Promotors: Associate prof. Ing. Pavel Diviš, PhD en prof. dr. Yue Gao Joint PhD met Brno University of Technology (BUT)

Openbare verdediging tot het behalen van de academische graad van Doctor in de Wetenschappen van ...

vrijdag 23 oktober, 16:00

PhD Marek Reichstädter

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences of Mr. Marek Reichstädter   Promotors: Associate prof. Ing. Pavel Diviš, PhD and prof. dr. Yue Gao Joint PhD with Brno University of Technology (BUT)

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences of Mr. Marek Reichstädter  ...

maandag 26 oktober, 14:00

PhD Dianbiao Dong

Openbare doctoraatsverdediging tot het behalen van de graad van Doctor in de Ingenieurswetenschappen van de heer Dianbiao Dong. Gelieve als bijlage de uitnodiging te vinden.

Openbare doctoraatsverdediging tot het behalen van de graad van Doctor in de Ingenieurswetenschap...

maandag 26 oktober, 14:00

PhD Dianbiao Dong

Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Sciences of Mr. Dianbiao Dong. Please find attached the invitation.

Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Scie...

maandag 26 oktober, 17:00

PhD Bram Vancompernolle

Openbare verdediging tot het behalen van de academische graad van Doctor in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen van de heer Bram Vancompernolle Promotor: Prof. dr. ir. Geert Angenon...

Openbare verdediging tot het behalen van de academische graad van Doctor in de Bio-ingenieurswete...

maandag 26 oktober, 17:00

PhD Bram Vancompernolle

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Bioengineering Sciences of Mr. Bram Vancompernolle Promotor: Prof. dr. ir. Geert Angenon The defense can be followed through a live stream. Contacteer bram.vancompernolle@vub.be for more information.

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Bioengineering Sciences of Mr. Bram ...

dinsdag 27 oktober, 16:00

PhD Sven Boulanger

Openbare doctoraatsverdediging tot het behalen van de graad van Doctor in de Ingenieurswetenschappen van de heer Sven Boulanger. Gelieve als bijlage de uitnodiging te vinden.

Openbare doctoraatsverdediging tot het behalen van de graad van Doctor in de Ingenieurswetenschap...

dinsdag 27 oktober, 16:00

PhD Sven Boulanger

Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Sciences of Mr. Sven Boulanger. Please find attached the invitation.

Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Scie...