21/10/2014 - Campustalks #21: Diversity, why do we need it?


Campustalks #21: Diversity, why do we need it?
21 Oct 2014

Kultuurkaffee, VUB, Campus Etterbeek, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel

Part of project: 
(2009-...): Campustalks

As policy-makers are becoming more and more aware of the importance of diversity and gender equality, the Flemish Government has given green light for a Master’s degree in gender and diversity, that will be set up through a collaboration by the five Flemish universities. But diversity goes beyond cultural diversity and also plays a role in for example politics, economy and technology. In this Campustalks seven speakers will try to map the advantages and disadvantages of diversity and their influence on society, innovation, communication, healthcare...


12.00-12.45: Lunch
12.45-13.45: PechaKucha Presentations


Speakers are:

Dirk Geldof (UA, HUB & Karel de Grote-Hogeschool): 'Super-diversity. How migration changes our society'
_ Katrien Struyven & Catherine Coubergs (VUB): 'Diversity in education - differentiated instruction as a means to enhance learning4all'
_ Bram Vanschoenwinkel (VUB, DBIO): 'Is biodiversity overrated?'
_ Karen Celis & Gily Coene (VUB): 'Interuniversitary Master of Arts in Gender and Diversity'
_ Hilde Van de Velde (UZBrussel): 'Diversity in reproductive medicine and genetics'
_ Hans Van de Water (VLIR-UOS): 'Diversity as an opportunity for international academic cooperation'
_ Rudi Janssens (BRIO): 'Multilingual Brussel'




Participation to the lunch (12.00-12.50h.) costs 7 euros (to be paid cash).
Click here to register for the lunch.

No registration required if you only take part in the PechaKucha session (from 12.50h. onwards).

Bios / Slides

Dirk Geldof is the author of Superdiversiteit. Hoe migratie onze samenleving verandert (Acco, Leuven). He teaches at at the Hoger Instituut voor Gezinswetenschappen HUBrussel and at the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp. He is also a researcher at the Karel de Grote-Hogeschool, where he gives the course 'Diversity, poverty & city'.

Catherine Coubergs, is a PHD student at VUB (Katrien Struyven as promotor). She has experience as a teacher in primary, secondary and higher education.

Katrien Struyven is assistant professor at the VUB. Her research focuses on instructional methods (differentiated instruction methods, PAL, case-based learning, PBL) and assessment (portfolio, peer assessment, feedback) in teacher and higher education. She teaches primarily students in the Master of Educational Sciences and students' in the academic Teacher Training Program.

Hans Van de Water is communication officer at VLIR-UOS, an organization that supports partnerships between universities and university colleges in Flanders and the South, looking for innovative responses to global and local challenges. Hans is also founder of The Floor is Yours. He teaches researchers to give clear and activating presentations, because 'life is too short for bad presentations'.

Rudi Janssens studied sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 1995 he obtained his PhD title with the thesis 'A Boolean Approach to Attitude Measurement'. Currently he is a senior researcher at the Brussels Information, Documentation and Research Centre (BRIO) where he is in charge of the language-sociological research segment. He mainly works on language use in multilingual and multicultural cities and the impact of language policies. He has already conducted several language surveys on language use, language shift and language and identity.

Bram Vanschoenwinkel is a community ecologist who studies the drivers of biological diversity and species distributions at different spatial scales. After a PhD and post-doc at KULeuven, he received a professorship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in October 2013. He does research and teaches in the department of Biology and the department of Bio-engineering sciences. He has been active in the recent societal debate on the importance of biodiversity contributing to the book "Tijd voor Biodiversiteit" (Acco).

Hilde Van de Velde is professor at the VUB in the Faculty of Medicine, she teaches “fertilisation, embryogenesis and implantation in the human”. She studied biology (botany, 1985) at the VUB where she also obtained her PhD in the field of immunology (medical and pharmaceutical sciences, 1995). She works as a clinical embryologist in the Centre for Reproductive Medicine (UZ Brussel) since 1996. She is also the coordinator for fundamental, translational and clinical research in the IVF laboratory. She is particularly interested in totipotency and early differentiation on the one hand and in the communication between the embryo and the endometrium during implantation on the other hand. She is member of the Federal Committee for research on human embryos in vitro.

Karen Celis is a research professor at the Political Sciences Department of the VUB. She is also co-director of the Research Centre for Gender & Diversity RHEA. She does theoretical and empirical research (qualitative and comparative) to the political representation of groups (women, ethnic minorities, gays, class and age).