KU Leuven

Mapping saltwater with a metal detector

Did you know that the sea can penetrate our lands and water resources unnoticed? Today, we find that saltwater in our polders, up to several kilometers inland. This salt water can make agricultural land and water supplies unusable. To find out exactly how far inland and how deep the saltwater problem reaches, Wouter Deleersnyder and his colleagues use a helicopter, a giant metal detector, and their knowledge of physics & geology. How all of this works, is explained by Wouter in this video.
De Veirman

Camel blood attacks dormant cancer cells

Why do cancer patients relapse despite receiving treatment? This is often due to dormant cancer cells. These cells lie dormant in the body and manage to escape treatment, for example, chemotherapy. Can substances from camel and llama blood provide a breakthrough?

Why do snakes have horns?

When you think of animals with horns, you probably think of cows, goats, and rhinos. But did you know that many species of snakes have horns too? While this has been under the eye of researchers for a long time, it's still unclear why some snakes have horns. What do you think they're for? Federico Banfi sheds some light on current hypotheses. He hopes to find answers in his Ph.D. research.  

How to make efficient use of green electricity?

What to do when you want to charge your car and the only source of energy you have are solar panels, but the sun is not shining? In her research Brida Mbuwir (VITO - Energyville) is looking for ways to solve this mismatch between green electricity generation and electricity consumption in large buildings. Listen to her explain how in this video.
Van De Vijver
KU Leuven

Drones map potato diseases

In Belgium, we grow a lot of potatoes. Unfortunately, potato plants are very susceptible to diseases. To prevent the spread of diseases, farmers spray their entire potato field with pesticides. Ruben Van De Vijver (ILVO) wants to use drones and artificial intelligence to spray only sick plants. Find out more in the video.

Making European underground data accessible for everyone

"I'm going deeper underground" 🎵 The lyrics of Jamiroquai's famous hit may well apply to Renata Barros. As a geologist, she knows how precious the underground is in providing essential minerals for modern-day technology, drinking water, etc. Through the Geoconnect3d project, Renata & her colleagues bring all the information from underground studies all over Europe together in an accessible knowledge system.

How to make AI rule(s)?

"What if I told you that the way you spend your money, reveals aspects of your mental health, such as anxiety or depression. We can make this connection thanks to Artificial Intelligence." Yanou Ramon (UAntwerp - FWO) explains how to make AI rule(s) in this video, as to offer treatment to people who need it most. 

Let's bring our mathematics and science education back to the top of the world!

In the not-so-distant past, Flemish mathematics education was at the top of the world. Unfortunately, in recent years we have seen a negative trend. Bea Merckx and her colleagues want to help turn the tide. Thanks to their research, as a teacher you are only a few mouse clicks away from a more varied and deeper mathematics and science education!


The teacher: a superhero for every child?'

How does a teacher deal with diversity in the classroom? Many teachers feel inadequately trained in this area. Engaging in dialogue with pupils, parents, and colleagues helps to think of the most powerful solutions to these challenges together. But how do you start? Marijke Wilssens and her colleagues have developed a box of conversation starters to help teachers do just that.

Childcare and work, an (im)possible combination?

People without a job face more difficulties to find childcare. But those without childcare also have more trouble finding a job. Many parents, often less educated people or people living in poverty find themselves in this vicious circle. An Raes investigates how we can break it.

Good cooperation to better support young people

For many, being young is the most beautiful time in life. But did you know that 1 in 5 children is born into poverty? They are given fewer opportunities in life. In order to better support such youngsters in Ghent, Wendy Eerdekens (Arteveldehogeschool) wants to improve the cooperation between the many initiatives in aid and youth work. 

De Lepeleire
Arteveldehogeschool helps you through a challenging time

How do you tell your child that you are getting a divorce? How do you arrange parenthood? And how can your child best organise his/her life in two houses? There is a lot to deal with when you get divorced. In order to support parents and children, Liesbet De Lepeleire and her colleagues developed '': a Dutch website with an answer to almost all your questions.