On 29 March 2018, the University of Antwerp confered honorary degrees ​to five eminent scientists.

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Jeffrey Sachs

Honorary degree for General Merit

Jeffrey Sachs

Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University, New York) helped lay the foundations for the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, later followed by the Sustainable Development Goals, which have advanced thinking on sustainability all around the world.

Upendra Baxi

Honorary degree in Law

Upendra Baxi

The prominent Indian constitutionalist Professor Upendra Baxi (University of Warwick) is an expert in the philosophy of Western law and the founder of a sociology of Indian law. He has played a ground-breaking role in legal activism and training.

John Cryan

Honorary degree in Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences

John Cryan

Professor John F. Cryan (University College Cork) studies the interaction between the brain, the gut and the microbiome and how this relates to stress and immune or psychological disorders.​

Michael Slater

Honorary degree in Social Sciences

Michael Slater

Professor Michael Slater (Ohio State University) is a leading communication scientist whose research focuses on media effects and how they are created. In particular, his work examines the influence of media on beliefs and behaviour in the domain of public health.

Laurajane Smith

Honorary degree in Design Sciences

Laurajane Smth

Professor Laurajane Smith (Australian National University) has made a substantial contribution to the development of heritage and conservation into a fully-fledged research discipline.