Below you will find an overview of initiatives, supported by UAntwerp and in collaboration with other Flemish universities or research center.


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




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. The full programme can be found on the conference websiteInformation 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, organised by Flanders Bio, is Europe's finest life sciences conference. The conference features an exciting programme providing vital insight into the global life sciences's landscape, one-to-one partnering, a trade fair with 100+ exhibitors and a scientific poster area.


Flanders Bio
Stefaan Galle
Tel. +32 9 241 80 41

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
Ghent University Mia Rousseau
Hasselt University Hilde Vanderheyden
University of Leuven Michèle Van Buggenum
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Nele Van Schelvergem

Practical information

These seminars are currently not scheduled.

Systematic Review - Course by Cochrane


Trying to get that high-impact publication? Tired of inefficient literature searches? Want the introduction of your thesis to be something more? Why not perform a systematic review?

Systematic reviews are literature overviews that attempt to answer clearly defined questions, with explicit methods to identify, select, critically appraise, analyze and report data.

This 3-day course will teach you all about the different steps to take to perform a high-quality, methodologically sound and reliable literature overview, from designing a search strategy to performing meta-analyses. This hands-on course, taught by experienced Cochrane authors, consists of lectures, workshops and discussions on:

  • Writing your review protocol
  • Conducting a systematic review
  • Use of the Review Manager software
  • Performing meta-analyses

For more information, visit the website.

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

See the website for more information.
Registration: Send an email to with your name, first name, faculty/department.


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 the courses offered by VIB can be found on the website.


Tel. +32 9 244 66 11

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.


  • To have a critical understanding of the contemporary political economy of academic research environments and academic knowledge production more generally;
  • To have critical insight into and awareness of the current responsibilities and societal role of academic research;
  • To gain comprehensive knowledge of current debates on a series of topics related to today's role of academic research, such as publication policies and strategies, research ethics, intellectual property regimes, etc;
  • To obtain critical insights into the relationships between academic institutions, markets and society/democracy;
  • To formulate critical arguments and engage in interactive debates;
  • To formulate a critical analysis of the elaborated topics and defend one's own arguments in short academic essays;
  • To apply the obtained critical insights during a public debate with policy makers and university staff;
  • To translate the obtained awareness and insights into action in their personal academic environments.

Information on the next edition will follow as soon as possible.