Symposium: The Doctoral Space revisited

Symposium

07-11-2016

Paleis der Academiën, Brussel

Final Conference Doctoral Space Revisited

Activiteit in het kader van de Denkerscyclus 

The doctorate is a centuries-old institution, born in the 12th century in Paris primarily as a qualification to “profess”. It was re-shaped in the early 19th century in Germany as a research degree, the prerequisite for an academic career. Today, the PhD is increasingly regarded as an instrument of innovative career development – far beyond the academic realm. Conscious of the importance of this development, the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium has initiated the 2016 Thinker’s Programme.“The Doctoral Space revisited”

Flanders’ graduation policy is functioning well: doctoral schools in general provide a number of learning opportunities and Flanders’ innovation capacity, breeding in particular within strategic research centres closely linked to universities, is scoring high. But Flanders and Europe hold a potential “Starters Cloud” - a large number of researchers - still largely under the radar. The key question is: to what extent is Flanders – and by extension Europe – prepared to fully capture the vast pool of potential energy represented by this generation?

On the 7th of November The Academy brought together university stakeholders, young researchers, national and international policymakers to discuss the current challenges together with everyone concerned with the subject.

PROGRAMME

10:00 Coffee and registration

Welcome by the President and Report of the Thinker

10:30 Welcome by Prof. Dr. em. Hubert Bocken, President of KVAB
10:45 Report of the Thinker, Prof. Dr. Maria Helena Nazaré

From the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) to the European Research Area (ERA)
11:15 Statement of Prof. Dr. Maria da Graça Carvalho, European Commission, Technical University of Lisbon.

Career tracking and mapping of doctoral degree holders in Flanders and Europe: everything under control? Researcher’s Careers: Postdoctoral Funding and Intersectoral Mobility Schemes.
11:30 Panel debate with:

  • Prof. Dr. Maria Helena Nazaré, Thinker
  • Prof. Dr. Maria da Graça Carvalho, EC
  • Dr. Karen Vandevelde, UG, ECOOM
  • Dr. Sébastien Huber, Science Europe

12:30 Break / informal standing lunch

To what extent are Flanders and Europe prepared to fully capture the vast pool of potential represented by the present generation of doctoral degree holders and use it to build a strong and cohesive society empowered by knowledge?
14:00 Statement by Prof. Dr. Manuel Heitor, Government of Portugal, Minister of Science, Technology & Higher Education

Perception and statements from the community of doctoral degree holders
14:30 Statement by Dr. Kristien Hens, UA, Young Academy

14:45 Panel debate with

  • Prof. Dr. Maria Helena Nazaré, Thinker
  • Dr. Kristien Hens, UA, Young Academy
  • Dr. Vincent Ginis, VUB
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Op de Beeck, KU Leuven, Young Academy
  • Leen Cuypers, KU Leuven, Arenberg Doctoral School
  • Dr. Kris Pauwels, VIB, Structural Biology Research Center

15:45 Coffee break

To what extent can universities, institutional stakeholders and the private sector still better contribute to prepare and coach the present generation of doctoral degree holders in their empowerment to contribute to a strong and cohesive society driven by knowledge
16:15 Panel debate with

  • Prof. Dr. Manuel Heitor, Government of Portugal, Minister of Science, Technology & Higher Education
  • Prof. Pol Ghesquière, KU Leuven, Doctoral School Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Prof. Erik Matthyssen, UA, Doctoral School Exact Sciences
  • Dr. Karen Vandevelde, UG, ECOOM
  • Prof. dr. Karen François, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Doctoral School of Human Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Ken Haenen, UHasselt, Doctoral School Sciences and Technology
  • Dr. Olivier Boehme, FWO
  • Dr. Elie Ratinckx, VRWI
  • Dr. Bram Vanthournout, Flemish Government, Department EWI
  • Prof. Dr. Guido Groeseneken, imec
  • Dr. Lieve Ongena, VIB

Concluding Statements
17:15 Conclusions by Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Henriet, coordinator of the KVAB Thinker’s Programme 2016 The Doctoral Space revisited

17:30 Reception