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Programme Ethical Forum 2013

Part 1: 14.00 – 15.45 h

Welcome address : 
by prof. Jacques Willems,
Chairman of the University Foundation

Introduction to the subject:
by prof. Patrick Loobuyck, Coordinator of the Ethical Forum, University of Antwerp/Ghent University

Keynote addresses:


  • Liudvika Leisyte, professor of higher education, Center for Higher Education (ZHB), TU Dortmund, Germany: "Being an academic in Europe and in the U.S. : role differentiation, shifting identities and protected spaces"
  • Egbert de Weert, senior researcher (em.), Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, NL: "System constraints and the shaping of professorial work in teaching and research"
  • Herman De Dijn, em. professor at the Institute of Philosophy of the KULeuven: "Professors or professionals?"



  • Frank Willaert, professor medieval Dutch literature at the University of Antwerp

Short interpellations

Some short prepared contributions (“interpellations”) (max 3 min) from the floor: Jocelyn Robert (Université de Liège), Jolien Gay (Itinera), Heleen Touquet (Actiegroep Hoger Onderwijs)

 Part 2: 16.15 – 18.00 h

Panel discussion chaired by Patrick Loobuyck:

  • Dominique Willems, em. professor French linguistics at Ghent University

  • Michel Gevers, em. professor mathematical engineering UCLouvain

  • Mark Waer, prorector and professor medical science KULeuven

  • Liesbet Geris, professor biomedical engineering ULg & KULeuven

General discussion

Conclusions by Philippe Van Parijs, Chaire Hoover d'éthique économique et sociale, UCLouvain