08-06-2021 | Agenda - Webinar HELICON 30-06-2021
Webinar on "Burden of post-COVID conditions in Belgium: current insights and future perspectives"
As the population of patients recovering from COVID-19 grows, it is becoming increasingly clear that COVID-19 has the potential of causing long-lasting health effects. Some people develop post-COVID health conditions after being first infected with the virus, even after mild or asymptomatic infections. Many uncertainties still exist regarding the causality, the onset of the symptoms, the combination of symptoms and the treatment of post-COVID.
In the framework of the HELICON project, three leading Belgian scientists have been to share their views on this enigmatic disease. In this first #HELICONference webinar, they will unveil the latest insights into Post-COVID in Belgium and provide an outlook on the future developments in post-COVID research.
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04-06-2021 | State of Art REMEDI

The REMEDI project aims to examine why minority patients are disproportionately absent from mental healthcare services. The focus is therefore put on the potential role of the general practitioners who are the first contact for patients with mental health problems, especially in settings with a (partial) stepped-care model. This first milestone outlines the key questions of the project.

04-06-2021 | State of Art REFUFAM

The interdisciplinary REFUFAM project aims to provide evidence-based recommendations on how government policies and support practices can be reformed to better facilitate refugees’ overall integration process. This leads to identify Belgium’s policy gaps, and trace their impact on refugee families’ psychosocial well-being, and their integration pathways. This first milestone develops these three axis of the research project.

31-05-2021 | State of Art

The project analyses the link between social protection, housing and health from a social investment perspective. As a first milestone of the project, this report lays the foundations for social protection from a social investment (disinvestment?) perspective.

31-05-2021 | State of Art @ntidote

The @ntidote project focuses on the use of social media as a platform of content that may constitute cyberviolence. Using two types of cyberviolence as examples (the publication and dissemination of online hate speech and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images), this project aims to provide answers about what constitutes online harmful behaviour online and what tools are appropriate to combat these forms of cyberviolence in a fundamental rights context. As a first milestone of the project, this state of the art presents the main research questions in the field.

20-05-2021 | Call SEAD

Looking for organisations that work with new digital technologies.
Within the framework of the SEAD project (Sustainable Employment in the Age of Digitalisation) financed by Belspo and involving the VUB, ULiège, ULB and KULeuven, the research teams are seeking organisations using new digital technologies in order to integrate them into the project (see flyer). Please fill in the short online survey .
Your expression of interest is expected until June 2022!

20-05-2021 | BRAIN-be | Online seminar UN-MENAMAIS

Seminar ‘Beyond the tip of the iceberg: Sexual violence in Belgium’
At this seminar we present the results of the UN-MENAMAIS  study, the first gender- and age-sensitive sexual violence prevalence study in Belgium.
The results will be made available to you in 5 pre-recorded capsules to be watched online during the week prior to the seminar:
- Capsule 1: Methodology of the UN-MENAMAIS quantitative & qualitative studies
- Capsule 2: Sexual violence in the Belgian population aged 16-69
- Capsule 3: Sexual violence in older adults in Belgium aged 70+
- Capsule 4: Sexual violence in minority groups in Belgium (LGBT+ & AIPs)
- Capsule 5: Forensic responses to victims of sexual violence
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17-05-2021 | BRAIN-be | Symposium NAMED

Save the date. Symposium on urban health.
The University of Antwerp and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in collaboration with Belspo, Innoviris and the research partners (UCLouvain, Sciensano, KULeuven, INBO, UHasselt) invite you to the Symposium "Urban Health Brussels".
In this symposium, the two research projects Green & Quiet (financed by Innoviris) and NAMED  (financed by Belspo) present the measured and perceived impact of the Brussels environment on health and well-being.
When? On 19 October 2021, from 9h-13h.
Where? The event takes place on the VUB campus with an online option.
More details will be available in the official invitation.

10-05-2021 | Brain-be - PUMOMIG project

Using some data collected during the PUMOMIG project Alessandro Mazzola (ULiege) and Mattias De Backer (KULeuven - ULiege) compare practices of solidarity in the 2015-18 reception crisis and the recent Covid-19 crisis. The article Solidarity with vulnerable migrants during and beyond the state of crisis (and full issue) is in open access.

10-02-2021 | Webinar SEAD - Online event

Digitalisation and the world of work
Are you interested in the process of digitalisation and its impact on jobs, occupations and workers? Do you want to know more about automation, workplace innovation, the platform economy and the social protection of workers in the digital age?
Join our free webinar on Thursday the 22nd of April!

04-12-2020 | DIGICOLJUST

DIGICOLJUST - Colonial Violence, Subaltern Agency and Shared Archival Heritage: A Digital Platform of Colonial Judiciary Sources
The research project 'DIGICOLJUST - Colonial Violence, Subaltern Agency and Shared Archival Heritage: A Digital Platform of Colonial Judiciary Sources' has launched its blog.
DIGICOLJUST is a two-year (2020-2022) digitizing and research program led by a team of historians and archivists from the State Archives of Belgium (AGR/ARA), the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The project starts from a poorly-known archival collection of fundamental significance for the history of colonial violence and of African agency under Belgian colonialism: the archives of the trial records of the military tribunals of the Congo Free State (1885-1908) and of the Belgian Congo (1908-1960). At the crossroad of heritage science, digital humanities and scholarly expertise, DIGICOLJUST aims to make a significant part of this archival collection accessible to researchers and citizens and to explore new historical questions about colonial repression. DIGICOLJUST's blog will follow the development of the project and the challenges it raised i.a. about the contested heritage of displaced Belgian public colonial archives, about our understanding of colonial violence or about the topicality of the history of military justice in the light of current international debates about soldiers' impunity in present-day Central African contexts.  
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30-11-2020 | Exhibition

Facing Van Eyck. The Miracle of Detail
Facing Van Eyck. The Miracle of Detail looks at Jan van Eyck's extraordinary works through a contemporary lens. Thanks to pioneering digital techniques and new scientific research at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), you can get closer to Van Eyck and his secrets than ever before. Take an immersive dive into Van Eyck's pictorial microcosmos by zooming in on landscapes, architecture, textiles, human figures and everyday objects, and unveil fascinating details hardly visible to the naked eye. Benjamin Glorieux composed a Van Eyck-inspired piece especially for the exhibition - a sensory experience that fascinates both the eye and the ear.
A richly illustrated film focuses on Jan van Eyck's devotional images and links him to the Byzantine icon. By delving deeper into the reception and appropriation of Byzantine models in Van Eyck's work the film explores the religious and artistic exchanges between East and West in the 15th century.​​​​​​​
A new way of looking at Jan van Eyck's oeuvre through 20 digitized works that show you the radicality and freshness of his fascinating visual language!
This exhibition fits into the framework of the BELSPO BRAIN-be projects "VERONA" and "ESIX"
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25-11-2020 | SURA

SURA – Unlocking the Photographic Archives of the Pioneering Years of Egyptology at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels
The research project 'SURA – Unlocking the Photographic Archives of the Pioneering Years of Egyptology at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels' has launched its website.
SURA is a joint project (2020–2022) between the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH) and the Department of Archaeology of KU Leuven and will valorise a historical collection of ca. 7000 glass plate negatives kept in the famous Egyptological library of the RMAH. These images date to the first half of the 20th century and document the pioneering years of Egyptology in Belgium from the perspective of Jean Capart, first curator of the Egyptian department of the RMAH and founding father of Belgian Egyptology, and his collaborators. The archaeological sites where the RMAH excavated, and from which objects entered into the museum's collection, are featured among these glass negatives, as are photographs of sites and excavations by other teams. Images of objects in various museum collections worldwide, of the Egyptian landscape, flora, and population are part of the collection as well.
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23-09-2020 | BBOX

The first meeting of the steering committee of this project will take place online, on thursday 15 October at 2pm.
If you want to help us with this project and if you want to join the steering committee, please take contact with

29-06-2020 | State of Art DIGI4FED

DIGI4FED aims to understand how big data can be used in the Belgian federal administration to enable better public service provision through new technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. By focusing on the technical, moral, legal and organisational conditions within the internal and external federal decision-making processes, DIGI4FED aims to develop a governance design that serves the administrative and public service processes of the Belgian federal government. As a first milestone of the project, this state of the art presents the contextual elements of the project.

25-05-2020 | Call for proposals

Call for proposals 2020-2021
Call for thematic and bottom-up proposals for
Pillar 1 "Challenges and knowledge of the living and non-living world" and
Pillar 3 "Federal societal challenges"

Due to circumstances beyond our Administration's control, the launch of the call, scheduled for March, has been delayed by almost two months. We are fully aware of the difficulties for the researchers caused by this bad timing and wish to apologise for this. Thank you for your understanding.