Your research has something special that you want to share with a large audience. That little corner of knowledge that you fully immerse yourself in, to break it open and make it understandable for people outside your domain. Clarifying without simplifying. You choose which details to mention or not, and you engage your audience in a story that invites them to search for more information. Sounds challenging? Definitely, but it’s increasingly necessary for any researcher.

October is European Cybersecurity Month and the perfect opportunity to highlight this topic. Historian Kenneth Lasoen is an intelligence specialist and with his academic expertise he helped formulate a vision statement of the Flemish Interuniversity Council – Knowledge Security. The statement describes several measures to reduce the risk of foreign interference. Naomi Huygen of the ICT Infrastructure & Communications Department explains what the risks and consequences of foreign interference can be for our university and what good cyber hygiene means.

Energy prices are soaring and this also affects our university. A few figures to illustrate: Altogether Campus Drie Eiken, Stadscampus and Campus Groenenborger annually consume more than 40 gigawatt hours of gas and electricity. That’s enough to power two small villages or 2,400 households. This obviously has a huge impact on the environment. How can we keep paying for all that, and most importantly, how can we reduce our energy consumption? 

At the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO) at UAntwerp, researchers and artists from Belgium and abroad join forces to find sustainable employment and bottom-up solutions for the arts sector. Physiotherapist and researcher of rehabilitation sciences Kato Everaert sheds light on the cooperation with designer and researcher Annelys de Vet.

For the TURQUOISE research project, coordinator Jan Staes (Department of Biology), Jan Cools (Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development) and Steven Van Passel (Department of Engineering Management) joined forces. The project wants to find out how we can raise the groundwater levels in Flanders, and how we can implement the solutions sustainably.

In the TOTO project, Pieter Tieleman (Faculty of Design Sciences) and Patricia Van de Walle (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) join forces to design an affordable ankle foot orthosis for children in Madagascar, made of locally available materials. ‘It is of great importance to bring the right types of expertise together.’