awards

2018

  • Dieter Vandenheuvel, "FY2018 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship" research grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to perform research at the Shinshu University in Nagano (Japan), in collaboration with Professor Takeshi Shimosato, on the mechanism behind probiotic glycosyl transferases.
  • Sander Wuyts, "Winner Davos DNA-storage Bitcoin Challenge" issued by dr. Nick Goldman from the European Bio-informatics Institute.

2017

  • Sarah Lebeer, "LABIP Mid Career Senior Scientist" (Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 30.08.2017).
  • Sander Wuyts, “Excellent Poster Award”, MELiSSA Mini-Symposium & Master Class: Science and Technology for Bioregenerative Life Support (Antwerp, Belgium, 30.03.2017):Valorisation of food waste by means of artisan vegetable fermentation”
  • Wenke Smets, “Excellent Poster Award”, MELiSSA Mini-Symposium & Master Class: Science and Technology for Bioregenerative Life Support (Antwerp, Belgium, 30.03.2017): “Spacecraft air quality control using leaf bacteria”
  • Wenke Smets, Best presentation at PRESS>SPEAK science communication, (Antwerp, Belgium, 09.03.2017): “Wat kunnen bladbacteriën voor ons doen?”
  • Irina Spacova, "Outstanding Poster Award", National Symposium on Applied Biological Sciences (NSABS) 2017 (Leuven, Belgium, 07.02.2017): "Fluorescent probiotic strains for studying microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions"
  • Jolien Verhelst, “Outstanding Poster in Environment and Agriculture”, National Symposium on Applied Biological Sciences (NSABS) 2017 (Leuven, Belgium, 07.02.2017): “Biomonitoring of Urban Air Quality: the Potential of Hyperspectral Measurements”

2016

  • Sarah Lebeer, “Jaarprijs Wetenschapscommunicatie voor het citizen-science project Ferme Pekes. (KVAB, 21.10.2016).
  • Eline Oerlemans, “Poster prize”, Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease 2016 (Hinxton, United Kingdom, 09.09.2016): “The vaginal microbiome: can we distinguish bacterial vaginosis and aerobic vaginitis”.
  • Wenke Smets, “ISME Student Poster Award” & “MO BIO Student Poster Award”, 16th International (ISME 2016) (Montreal, Canada, 26.08.2016): “The effect of land use and air pollution on the bacterial phyllosphere of Ivy and London plane tree”.
  • Wenke Smets, “Presentation Award (Biotechnology and microbiology)”, 21st National Symposium on Applied Biological Sciences (NSABS) (Antwerp, Belgium, 05.02.2016): “Ecology of the urban phyllosphere”.
  • Serena Moretti, “Oral presentation award (Genetics & Human Health session)”, 21st National Symposium on Applied Biological Sciences (NSABS) (Antwerp, Belgium, 05.02.2016):Re-evaluating urban endotoxins: abundance and inflammatory capacity in polluted air”
  • Ana Castanheiro, “Oral presentation award (Ecosystem monitoring and management session)”, 21st National Symposium on Applied Biological Sciences (NSABS) (Antwerp, Belgium, 05.02.2016): “Magnetic analysis and scanning electron microscopy as an integrated approach to assess particulate matter deposition on urban green”

2015

  • Serena Moretti, “Rosa Blankaert award”, encouragement award for young researchers from the University of Antwerp (2015). Project: The importance of airborne bacterial endotoxins in an urban environment.
  • Marianne van den Broek, "FWO Grant for a short study visit abroad" This grant supports researchers who wish to spend a short period abroad to further specialize in their research field or to undertake knowledge-gathering assignments.
  • Camille Allonsius, Belgian Immunological Society (BIS) grant to attend the 4th European Congress of Immunology (ECI) (Vienna, Austria, 6.9.2015-9.9.2015).
  • Ilke De Boeck, grant to attend the Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease 2015 conference (Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK, 29.06.2015 - 01.07.2015).
  • Irina Spacova, "Nature Protocols Poster Prize", Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease conference (Hinxton, UK, 29.6.2015-1.7.2015): "Genetically engineered probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG as a prospective oral delivery vector for allergen-specific immunotherapy".
  • Marianne van den Broek, “1st Poster Prize”, 20st National Symposium on Applied Biological Sciences (NSABS) (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 30.01.2015): “Novel antipathogenic activities of lactobacilli against nasopharyngeal pathogens”.

2014

  • Ilke De Boeck, "VBI-studentenprijs 2014" with master thesis " Immunomodulatory role for the pili of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG: possible applications towards asthma and allergies".
  • Marianne van den Broek, “1st Poster Prize”, 19st National Symposium on Applied Biological Sciences (NSABS) (Gembloux, Belgium, 07.02.2014): “Molecular understanding of factors important for probiotic lactobacilli outside the gut”.
  • Jelle Hofman “EOS pipet 2014”; audience award (Leuven, Belgium, 11.12.2014)

2013

  • Serena Moretti, "Best Poster Award", Knowledge for Growth (Gent, 30.05.2013): "The secret lives of airborne microbes".
  • Jelle Hofman Environmental Pollution “Editors' choice” paper for December 2013 (01.12.2013): Spatial distribution assessment of particulate matter in an urban street canyon using biomagnetic leaf monitoring of tree crown deposited particles

2010

  • Fatemeh Kardel, Karen Wuyts, Manoochehr Babanezhad, U.W.A. Vitharan, Ali Reza Khavanin zadeh, Tatiana Wuytack, Roeland Samson, "Best Poster Prize", geoENV International Conference (Gent, 13-15.09.2010), "Spatial distribution of plant anatomical and morphological characteristics for biomonitoring of urban habitat quality".
  • Shari Van Wittenberghe, "Beste presentatie", Belgian Earth Observation Day (Chaudfontaine, 06.05.2010): "

2008

  •  Fatemeh Kardel, Roeland Samson, "Best Poster Prize", necov wintersumposium (Antwerpen, 07-08.02.2008): "Biomonitoring of urban habitat quality via stomatal characteristics of Plantago lanceolata".