Dr. Birgit HOUBEN, research excellence and quality assurance coordinator, is entrusted with the organization of the discipline-based research quality assurance (research assessment exercises), the Methusalem funding, the centres of excellence and the funding of the Francqui Foundation. Among her further duties are bibliometric studies and profile assessments and the biennial monitoring of the research groups.
Birgit studied history at UFSIA (1999-2001) and Ghent University (2002-2004). In 2009 she received her doctoral title for her dissertation “Changing formats. The court and the household of the governors-general Isabella Clara Eugenia (1621-1633) and the cardinal-infant don Fernando of Austria (1634-1641) in Brussels”. Afterwards, she worked as an editor and researcher at the Institute of Netherlands History in The Hague. In 2010 she joined the Department of Research at the UAntwerpen.