Flanders' Training Network for Methodology and Statistics (FLAMES) is an inter-university training network rooted in the 5 Flemish universities.

This network aims to support young researchers in their pursuit of best-in-class training in methodology and statistics by providing an overarching, structural, large and high quality course offer for doctoral students and young empirical researchers. StatUa is partner of FLAMES.

An overview of the training offer can be found on the website.


Jarl Kampen
Tel. +32 3 265 40 97 




Flemish AI Academy (VAIA)

The Flanders AI Academy or VAIA is a collaboration between all the universities in Flanders. VAIA provides courses and trainings in Artificial Intelligence for professionals and researchers in Flanders. Their aim is to unlock the expertise in the academic research institutions so it can flow towards the work force of our society. In this way VAIA helps ensure the (future) economic competitiveness of Flanders. With a wide range of accessible courses and trainings, VAIA aims to stimulate everybody to adopt lifelong learning.

An overview of courses and trainings can be found on the website of VAIA: https://www.flemish-ai-academy.be/courses/

Contact for UAntwerpen:
Pieter Caris 
+32 (0)3 265 35 26

From Phd to Job Market

Your career is likely to take you outside the hallowed halls of academia. Exploring the non-academic realm is a vitalizing and thoroughly exhilarating process, but often causes a great deal of anxiety and nervousness. From PhD to Job Market will help you reduce your fears and increase your “real-life” successes.

Join us for a supercharged and future-forward conference on career paths and opportunities for PhDs in life sciences and medicine with keynote lectures, PhD career stories and several labour market oriented workshops. Information on a future edition will follow as soon as possible.

The event is open to all PhD researchers in the life sciences and medicine UAntwerp, Ghent University, VUB, KU Leuven and UHasselt.


The Flanders Training Network Life Sciences (ƒ-TALES) is a joint training initiative of the 5 Flemish universities that offers top-class workshops open to doctoral (and postdoctoral) researchers.

On the website you will find a complete overview of the workshops.


Herestraat 49 box 700 
3000 Leuven 
Tel. +32 (0)16 32 26 20 

Knowledge for Growth

Knowledge for growth, Europe's finest life sciences conference, debuted in 2021 as a hybrid event. The conference features an exciting programme providing vital insight into the global life sciences’ landscape, one-to-one partnering, a trade fair and more!

Knowledge for growth will take place both online on Wednesday 18 May and in person in Ghent, Belgium on Thursday 19 May. On 19 May, academic researchers working on a research project within the broad spectrum of life sciences, i.e. healthcare, agriculture and food or industrial applications can present their research to all attendees. Deadline for submission of your abstract is 20 March 2022.

Registrations are now open!

Registration fee for PhD researchers (€110) can be reimbursed via the educational credit.


Flanders Bio

Stefaan Galle

Tel. +32 9 241 80 41


Lectures on effective communication (online, by Principiae)

The speaker is Jean-Luc Doumont, PhD (Principiae). For additional information, visit www.principiae.be.
Participation is free of charge for PhD and Postdoc researchers.

Lecture 1: Creating effective presentation slides - 21 March 2022

Those of us who attend presentations probably agree that most slides out there are ineffective, detracting from what presenters are saying instead of enhancing their presentations. Slides may impress with decoration, but seldom with content. This lecture discusses what (not) to include on a slide and why, how to optimize the slide’s layout to get the message across, and how to handle slides when speaking.

Target audience: PhD and Postdoc researchers

Date and time: Monday 21 March, 14:00-16:00 via Zoom

REGISTER HERE for lecture 1

Lecture 2: Delivering your presentation remotely - 29 April 2022

When circumstances oblige you to deliver your presentation remotely from your office, your home, or even a hotel room, you face additional challenges, technological and otherwise. This remote lecture discusses and demonstrates the necessary adaptations to your environment, your slides, and your delivery so as to focus the attention of the audience, minimize distractions, and get your message across optimally.

Target audience: PhD and Postdoc researchers

Date and time: Friday 29 April 2022, 14:00-16:00 via Zoom

REGISTER HERE for lecture 2

Lecture 3: Communicating science to nonscientists - 23 May 2022

Nonscientists often see science as impenetrable and scientists as unsociable introverts hiding in labs. In turn, researchers wonder how they could possibly explain their work in a clear yet scientifically correct way to people outside their own field. This lecture explores the challenges of communicating science to nonscientists (and, to a point, to fellow scientists as well) and proposes strategies that help overcome these challenges. 

Target audience: PhD and Postdoc researchers

Date and time: Monday 23 May 2022, 14:00-16:00 via Zoom

REGISTER HERE for lecture 3

Mind the GAP (Good Academic Practices)

Mind The GAP is a new online training tool on research integrity, created in a joint effort by the five Flemish Universities and aiming at both junior and senior researchers. The tool, which is available on Blackboard (after login), provides a thorough introduction to research integrity and touches on all aspects and stages of your research. It also addresses several malpractices and makes use of exercises and a test to evaluate your knowledge.

After completion of the 4 basic modules, a final test will be presented. If you answer at least 80% of the questions correctly, you pass the test and a certificate of attendance will be generated.

The training takes approximately 8 hours to complete and can be included in your doctoral study programme (Competence category B: 1 point), with the certificate of attendance as a proof. This training is compulsory for starting PhD researchers from academic year 2022-2023 and is strongly recommended for all other researchers.

Find more information on Blackboard (after login).

Qualitative Research Seminars

Research & Valorization

This seminar series, organised by the Doctoral Schools of 5 Flemish Universities, targets PhD students and young researchers in all disciplines at the beginning of their academic career. Registration for each seminar is organized by the doctoral school of the host institution and all questions related to registration and practical organization should be directed to the doctoral school of the host institution. PhD students from all Flemish universities can participate free of charge. For participants from other institutions, there is a participation fee. They will be contacted individually about this.

University Contact e-mail
University of Antwerp Kris De Clerck kris.declerck@uantwerpen.be
Ghent University Mia Rousseau mia.rousseau@ugent.be
Hasselt University Hilde Vanderheyden doctoralschools@uhasselt.be
University of Leuven Michèle Van Buggenum michele.vanbuggenum@kuleuven.be
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Nele Van Schelvergem doctoral.schools@vub.ac.be

Practical information

These seminars are currently not scheduled.

Research to market

The Research to market programme is a short interuniversity programme for researchers that teaches you to create value from your research and takes you on a journey to discover its market potential. It is the perfect first step if you are interested in entrepreneurship as a researcher.

The next 2 courses, which will be organised on location, are scheduled for the following dates:

You can apply via the above-mentioned links. Afterwards you will receive a reply to confirm your participation.

You can cancel free of charge until 9 May (ref. 2/2022) & 26 September (ref. 3/2022); after these dates a no-show fee of 100 EUR applies.

Systematic Review - Course by Cochrane

Aim and Topic

Systematic reviews are key elements in evidence-based healthcare. These literature reviews answer clearly defined questions, with explicit methods to identify, select, critically appraise, analyze and report data. This systematic approach distinguishes high-quality systematic reviews from traditional, so-called narrative, reviews and low-quality systematic reviews. 

Cochrane is an international non-profit organization that produces and disseminates trusted systematic reviews, and advocate for its use (www.cochrane.org). The focus of Cochrane is on systematic reviews of research in health care and health policy. The Cochrane methodology is considered the gold standard in systematic review development. Cochrane Belgium provides guidance and support to researchers interested in performing a systematic review. 

This 3-day course focuses on systematic reviews of interventions. It will teach you all about the different steps to take to perform a high-quality, methodologically sound and reliable systematic review. This hands-on course consists of plenary sessions and workshops on:

  • Writing your review protocol
  • Searching for studies
  • Selecting studies and collecting data
  • Introduction to risk of bias of randomized controlled trials
  • Analyzing the data and meta-analysis
  • Interpreting the findings and GRADE

The course, taught by systematic review experts, is filled with workshops and exercises, thus preparing you to get started immediately on your own systematic review.

Click here to find the detailed programme

​Target audiance

PhD and Postdoctoral researchers, planning or interested in performing a high-quality (Cochrane) systematic review in the (near) furture.

About Cochrane

Cochrane is a nonprofit organization that provides guidance and support to researchers and healthcare professionals who want to write high-quality systematic reviews. The Cochrane methodology is considered the gold standard in systematic review development.

Registration and practical information

Next courses will take place on following dates:

  • Course 1 : 25, 26 and 27 April 2022 (at UGent) or
  • Course 2: 9, 10 and 11 May 2022 (at KULeuven)

Registrations: closed

This course is free for PhD students from the University of Antwerp.

Contact Cochrane

For more information, visit the website or contact the team at cochrane.belgium@gmail.com.

Belgian Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (Cebam)
3000 Leuven
Tel.: +32 (0)16 37 72 73


VIB is a life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium. With more than 1,470 scientists from over 60 countries, we perform basic research into the molecular foundations of life.

VIB is an excellence-based entrepreneurial institute that focuses on translating basic scientific results into pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial applications. VIB works in close partnership with 5 universities − UGent, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Hasselt University and is funded by the Flemish government.

VIB develops and disseminates a wide range of science-based information about all aspects of biotechnology.

An overview of interesting trainings en events offered by VIB can be found on the website (see also info below).



Tel. +32 9 244 66 11


Next-Generation Protein Analysis and Detection (4th edition): 30-31 May 2022, Ghent, Belgium

    • Early Bird deadline: 18 April 2022
    • Abstract deadline: 29 March 2022

Recent insights into Immuno-Oncology: 16-17 June 2022, Leuven, Belgium

    • Early Bird deadline: 5 May 2022
    • Abstract deadline: 07 April 2022

Neurotechnologies: 28-29 September 2022, Leuven, Belgium

    • Early Bird deadline: 23 August 2022
    • Abstract deadline: 27 July 2022

Emerging Applications of Microbes (2nd edition): 7-8 December 2022, Leuven, Belgium

    • Early Bird deadline: 28 October 2022
    • Abstract deadline: 05 October 2022

Type 2 Immunity in Homeostasis and Disease (2nd edition): 12-13 December 2022, Ghent, Belgium

    • Early Bird deadline: 31 October 2022
    • Abstract deadline: 10 October 2022 

What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century academia?

This seminar series targets PhD students, young researchers at the beginning of their academic career from all Doctoral Schools, and postdoctoral researchers. The seminar is also open to supervisors and other interested academic personnel.

​The 8th edition of the interuniversity course will take place on 6, 12 and 13 May 2022 (on alternating locations, UCL, UAntwerpen en UGent).


    • Gain comprehensive knowledge of current debates on a range of topics related to the current role of academic research, such as publication policies and strategies, research ethics, intellectual property regimes, mental health issues, working conditions, etc.
    • Have a critical understanding of the contemporary political economy of academic research environments and academic knowledge production in general.                                                                                                    
    • Gain critical insight into and awareness of the relationships between academic institutions, markets and society/democracy, and of the current responsibilities and social roles of academic research.
    • Formulate critical arguments and engage in interactive debates.
    • Translate the gained awareness and insights into action in your personal academic environment.


  • ​Raising Awareness for Mental Well-Being
  • Knowledge production 
  • Changing the university from within

The full programme can be found here.


Enrollment is free of charge for PhD candidates from UAntwerpen.

You can register online via this webpage.