The Department of Research & Innovation (ADOC) has a new name: say hello to Research Innovation & Valorisation Antwerp, or RIVA for short. This rebranding includes an updated mission statement and a fresh set of ambitions. ‘In a period of growth, you have to make sure you grow in the right way’, says its head of department, Tim Engels.

When New Zealander Professor Regan Watts from the Faculty of Design Sciences moved to Antwerp five years ago, the support of his colleague Professor Koenraad Keignaert and his wife Katrien proved invaluable. ‘As a newcomer, you have a million questions and you want good answers to them’, Regan says while thinking back.

The first English-language bachelor programme at our university has started: the ‘Social-Economic Sciences’ (SES) study programme, a broad programme with an international focus, attracted some forty Flemish and international students. Programme coordinator Koen Decancq, teaching assistant Kim Boudiny and student Tijmen Brouwer tell how the very first semester went.

materials at UAntwerp. With room for 37 potential laboratories and an emergency power supply capable of powering a small village, it is quite the technical feat. ‘You don’t have a blueprint ready for such a construction project’, says Mathias Capiau of the Infrastructure Department. Together with BlueApp manager Quinten Van Avondt, he guides you through the building process.

Would you like to live more sustainably, but do you need that extra push? Then Green Impact is just the thing for you! For a whole year, you join a team commit to actions of your choice, from cycling to campus to eating vegan for a week. Check out the amazing results of the first edition of Green Impact.

On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, our Middelheim Campus will be coloured orange. By doing so, our university shows its solidarity for the worldwide campaign against physical and sexual aggression towards women that starts on that day. For this occasion, we give the floor to three scientists who are fighting against sexual assault with their research.

The upcoming edition of the Fusion Show will for the first time be presented by three of our own researchers, who followed an intensive coaching programme. ‘The past few months have been quite an adventure. But once you’re on that stage, the stress melts away’, said one enthusiastic researcher turned presenter.