Science, Engineering & Technology news
Christmas tree fundraise for victims of Typhoon Haiyan
On 8 November, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. The devastation was unprecedented and acute. The urgent call for help — echoed by our rector — is loud and clear. The Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, the faculty greenhouse and the Landbouwkring (LBK) student organization are answering this call and organize a joint fundraiser: they are selling mini Christmas trees (potted) for €5 each, every cent of which goes to Haiyan disaster relief. KU Leuven will match the total proceeds, which means that your €5 purchase buys you a mini Christmas tree and a €10 donation.
Nobel prize winner Jules A. Hoffmann visits KU Leuven
Professor Jules A. Hoffmann, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2011, is visiting KU Leuven. He will share his understanding of innate immunity and his latest achievements in this field during a plenary lecture on December 16th. On December 17th our scientific community will have the opportunity to discuss their research with this distinct scientist during a "meet the expert gathering".
KU Leuven iGEM team wins 'best model' prize in Boston
The KU Leuven iGEM team has won the 'best model' prize at iGEM 2013, the international scientific contest in Boston. Our students received the prize for their aphid repellent: a bacterium that creates one pheromone to repel aphids and another to attract its natural enemies.
PhD Interaction Day - 19 December
The PhD Interaction Day aims to offer the PhD students in life sciences and life science associated sectors a forum to present their research activities to the KU Leuven research community and to discuss their progress with fellow students, postdoctoral researchers, and academic staff.
HSE - towards a proactive approach
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) have been high on the agenda of the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Group during the past years. The many efforts in this field have led to a positive evolution. Luc Glas, who in addition to his work for the Research Facilities also guides the HSE change of culture within the SET Group, recounts the actions taken, the results achieved and the objectives we want to reach.
Karen Maex new dean of science faculties of UvA and VU
The Executive Boards of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam (VU) have appointed Professor Karen Maex as dean of the Faculty of Science, dean of the Faculty of Sciences and dean of the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, with effect from 1 January 2014. Pending a positive decision regarding the integration of the science faculties in the Amsterdam Faculty of Sciences (AFS), Professor Maex will be appointed as dean of the AFS.
India's highest science award conferred for KU Leuven alumnus
Dr. Bikramjit Basu, Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Award for the year 2013, which is considered as India's highest award in the field of Science and Technology.
Georges Gielen - new Vice Rector Science, Engineering & Technology
Since August 1st, the university is headed by a new governance team led by Rector Rik Torfs. Professor Georges Gielen was appointed as Vice Rector for Science, Engineering and Technology and for Academic Staff Policies. He tells us more about his new position and the key challenges and most exciting developments for the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Group.