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 9th edition of the interuniversity course will take place on 5, 11 and 12 May 2023 (on alternating locations, KU Leuven, UGent and UAntwerp).


  • 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, mental health issues, working conditions, etc.

  • To have a critical understanding of the contemporary political economy of academic research environments and academic knowledge production more generally.                                                                                              

  • To acquire critical insight into and awareness of the relationships between academic institutions, markets and society/democracy, and of current responsibilities and societal role of academic research.

  • To formulate critical arguments and engage in interactive debates.

  • To translate the obtained awareness and insights into action in their personal academic environments.


  • Raising Awareness for mental well-being
  • Reflections on 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. The no show policy of UAntwerpen applies.