Scientific activities

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Since its creation the University Foundation has developed initiatives to support scientific research in Belgium. These activities have evolved over time, because the University Foundation aims to be complementary to other bodies (government agencies, FWO/FNRS …).
Our main initiatives are currently:

  • financial support for the publication of scientific works (books, journals, papers),
  • the organization of scientific meetings (Ethical Forum, Rebel),
  • providing facilities for the organization of scientific and academic activities by external organizations.
This year, the Ethical Forum of the University Foundation will organise an exchange of views on the societal function of universities, with the challenging title

Is politics part of the universities’ job?

This edition of the Ethical Forum is dedicated to Caroline Pauwels (honorary rector VUB)who passed away on August 5, 2022.

The Ethical Forum 2022 will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 2 to 6 pm, at the University Foundation.
For a description of the subject and the programme,the reader is referred to the EF 2022 website.Read more


For applications for Belgian students for a stay at Biermans-Lapôtre in Paris, follow this linkRead more


The  Ethical Forum of the University Foundation took place on December 7, 2017. The theme was: "What place (if any) for academics in our post-truth era?".

For downloading the presentations and the concluding remarks the reader is referred to the website of the Ethical Forum. The concluding remarks by Philippe Van Parijs have been published as "Reaction and Debate" in Ethical Perspectives, vol. 25, n° 1, pp. 143-148, 2018. This paper can also be downloaded from the downloads section of the Ethical Forum 2017.Read more


To stimulate publication of scientific papers in international journals, of which the language is mostly English, the Commission for Subsidies and Publications of the University Foundation has the possibility of giving financial support for linguistic editing of the manuscipt. Read more


In an official ceremony at the University Foundation on 8 September 2021,  the biannual Fernand Collin Prize for Law was awarded to Dr. Tim OPGENHAFFEN for his doctoral thesis Vrijheidsbeperkingen in de zorg, published by Intersentia, Antwerp in 2020 (XX + 958 p.)He obtained his Ph. D. from the KU Leuven.Read more

The University Foundation provides financial support for various scientific publications (books, journals, papers), to promote the research carried out in Belgium. 
A list of the recently sponsored publications with the relevant bibliographic references is available : books, papers, journals. A list of previously supported publications is also available .Read more