FASoS News, events and stories
The ideal Union according to Mathieu SegersFriday, May 20, 2022
Veni grant for Jacob WardMonday, April 11, 2022
Jacob Ward, a researcher at Maastricht University, has been awarded a Veni research grant of up to 280,000 euros by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Veni grants are for newly graduated excellent researchers, at the beginning of their scientific career and with an exceptional talent for research.
How strong is Russia's digital iron curtain?Friday, April 8, 2022
Unlike China, Russia cannot rely on a thriving digital ecosystem of its own to replace Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and Netflix.
EU Horizon grant for Giselle Bosse
The EU has awarded a Horizon grant to 14 research institutions, including Maastricht University. Associate professor Giselle Bosse will lead a work-package on “Democratisation and Economic Modernisation in Authoritarian and Hybrid Regimes”.
Eliza Steinbock wins NWO grant
Together with The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, associate professor Eliza Steinbock has won an NWO ‘Museum Grant’, which facilitates scientific research in the museum sector and is awarded to museum employees who carry out research related to the collection.
Nantke Pecht nominated for AVT/Anéla Dissertation prize
Nantke Pecht has been nominated for the AVT/Anéla Dissertation prize. This prize is awarded each year to the best dissertation in the field of linguistics. In cooperation with the UM video team, Nantke Pecht has made a video about her dissertation.
Costas Papadopoulos and Katleen Gabriels appointed members of the Maastricht Young Academy
Assistant professors Costas Papadopoulos (Literature & Art) and Katleen Gabriels (Philosophy) have been appointed at the Maastricht Young Academy (MYA). Their membership will begin on the day of the Dies Natalis on 28 January 2022 and will run until the Dies Natalis in 2026.
Maud Oostindie nominated for ISO Teacher of the Year Award
Maud Oostindie has been nominated by Maastricht University for the Interstedelijke Studenten Overleg (ISO) Teacher of the Year Award.
Harro van Lente reappointed member Health Council
Harro van Lente has been reappointed as member of the Health Council of the Netherlands (Gezondheidsraad) for another 4 years (2022-2025). The Health Council of the Netherlands is an independent scientific advisory body whose legal task it is to advise the Dutch ministers and Parliament in the field of public health and health/healthcare research. Harro van Lente works for the Committee on the Identification of Environmental and Health Issues.
Félix Streicher awarded German-French History prize
Félix Streicher has been awarded the Annual History Prize of the German Historical Institute Paris for the best master’s thesis submitted to a French or a German university in 2020. The thesis examined German-Luxembourgish encounters and social interactions in the city of Bitburg under Luxembourgish occupation rule (1945–1955).
Camilo Erlichman launches Occupation Studies Research Network
Camilo Erlichman, together with Christopher Knowles (King’s College London), has launched a new interdisciplinary research network which aims to promote the exchange of ideas and act as a hub for the global community of scholars who are working on military occupation as a form of rule.
Anna Harris elected to Executive Committee of the Global Young Academy
The members of the Executive Committee (EC) will represent the GYA worldwide engaging, for example, with presidents of universities and science academies, government ministers as well as with funding bodies and foundations like the Global Research Council, the Wellcome Trust or the Volkswagen Foundation.
Emilie Sitzia awarded Comenius Leadership Fellowship
Emilie Sitzia has been awarded the Fellowship for her project ‘Senses-based learning’. The aim of the Comenius programme is to stimulate educational innovation in higher education.
Bernike Pasveer invited for a fellowshop at NIAS
Bernike Pasveer has been invited by the director of The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) for a fellowship at NIAS in Amsterdam. She will be part of a theme-group on the topic of Refuge & Belonging.
Bilisuma Dito wins WOTRO Impact and Innovation Grant
Bilisuma Dito has received a grant of €50,000 from the NWO WOTRO Impact and Innovation grant scheme for the project ‘Only Time will Tell: How the Well-being of Stay-behind Migrants’ Children Develops Over time’.
Angélique Janssens appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Angélique Janssens, endowed professor in Historical Demography at FASoS, has been awarded a royal honour: she has been appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau!
Alarm Day for Science
In order to draw attention to the structural underfunding of universities in the Netherlands, students, teachers and other stakeholders have sounded the alarm on 6 April. Lies Wesseling and Harro van Lente were the organisers.
Mariëlle Wijermars comments on Russia’s throttling of Twitter
On 10 March 2021, Russia announced it had begun throttling Twitter for its failure to comply with Russian take-down requests. On Meduza’s ‘Naked Pravda’ podcast, Mariëlle Wijermars commented on this latest development in Russia’s efforts to control foreign social media.
Collin Prumpeler wins Wynand Wijnen Education Prize
Collin Prumpeler, Head of the FASoS Office of Student Affairs, has won this Education Prize together with Heads of Student Affairs offices of other UM faculties.
Ferenc Laczó heads section History of Ideas of new Review of Democracy
Ferenc Laczó will co-head, together with Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, the section ‘History of Ideas’ of the new platform Review of Democracy (launched in January 2021).
Joop de Jong participates in research project on self-employed artists
Two national organisations: LKCA and Boekmanstichting, together with two provincial cultural organisations: Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg and Stichting Kunst & Cultuur Drenthe, have invited Joop de Jong and his research team to participate in a research project on self-employed artists.
Timo Makori in winning team Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge
A project titled, “Matokeo” won the Tungsten prize for the Global Data sub-challenge at the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge.
Nomination Leonie Cornips for the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs
Leonie Cornips has been nominated for the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs. Her research into the language cows speak is one of the 10 shortlisted research topics.
Terra Mosana Soundscape
A sonic artwork, consisting of a collection of spoken messages, is the impressive result of a special project in the Euregion.
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Stories and Interviews
Dr. Ferenc Laczo has been interviewed and cited in a number of news outlets about the 2022 Hungarian elections.
Valentina Mazzucato interviewed for The Migration podcast
Prof Valentina Mazzucato was interviewed by Milena Belloni for The Migration Podcast, an initiative of the IMISCOE network, which is the largest network of migration scholars in Europe.
Harro van Lente interviewed by Observant
In a new series on Leadership at Maastricht University, Prof Harro van Lente was interviewed by Observant to discuss his style of leading the Department of Society Studies at FASoS.
Klaartje Peters interviewed by Observant
In the run-up to the local elections on Wednesday 16 March 2022, Professor in Local and Regional Governance Klaartje Peters was interviewed by Observant to discuss the power of the municipal council.
Joris Roosen interviewed by The New York Times
Joris Roosen, head of research at the Centre for the Social History of Limburg (SHCL), was interviewed by The New York Times for a commentary piece on a research article that analyses the impact of the Black Death using a novel method that looks at ancient pollen deposits. Roosen was interviewed as part of a group of historians working in plague studies.
Amanda Kluveld interviewed by The Forward
Amanda Kluveld was interviewed by The Forward‘s culture editor PJ Grisar about her unique discovery of a 1941 letter from Harpo Marx to the Embassy of Portugal. With the letter, Harpo Marx tried to rescue a Jewish widow from Italy.
Hylke Dijkstra interviewed by Studio Europa
Hylke Dijkstra, associate professor of Political science, has been interviewed by Studio Europa about European safety and defence.
Karin van Leeuwen interviewed by Studio Europa
Karin van Leeuwen, assistant professor in European political history, has been interviewed by Studio Europa about the tension between national law and EU rules.
Milan Babic interviewed by Global Policy
Postdoctoral researcher Milan Babic has been interviewed for Global Policy’s #ScholarSpotlight on the transition of the global political economy from a neoliberal towards a post-neoliberal global order.
Laura von Allwörden interviewed by Observant
PhD candidate Laura von Allwörden has been interviewed by Observant about her presence at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Akudo McGee interviewed by Observant
Akudo McGee has been interviewed by UM Magazine Observant for a series of interviews with students or academics who were the first in their families to to to university.
Emilie Sitzia interviewed by Observant
Emilie Sitzia has been interviewed by Observant about the Comenius Leadership Fellowship she received to set up sensory education at UM.
Karin Bijsterveld interviewed by The History of Science Society
The History of Science Society (HSS) has interviewed Karin Bijsterveld on her recently published Isis article “Slicing Sound”, which focuses on speaker identification and sonic skills at the Stasi. HSS features this article on its website, with a Facebook and Twitter campaign, making the article-pdf freely downloadable for the first month of publication.
Ilias Alami and Adam Dixon interviewed on Global Development podcast
Ilias Alami and Adam Dixon discuss their research on contemporary state capitalism on the Global Development Institute podcast, after a guest lecture they gave at the China In Europe Research Network earlier this year.
Giselle Bosse interviewed by Observant
Associate professor and vice Dean of Education Giselle Bosse, has been interviewed by Observant in light of International Women's Day on 8 March 2021.
Christine Neuhold interviewed by Studio Europa
Expert interview on the upcoming Dutch elections: “The Netherlands is part of the European Union, so Dutch political parties need a strategy on the EU, just like I need a strategy as a university Dean.”
Collin Prumpeler interviewed by Observant
Collin Prumpeler, Head of the FASoS Office of Student affairs has been interviewed by Observant about the Wynand Wijnen prize.
Tannelie Blom interviewed by Observant
Tannelie Blom has been interviewed by UM newsletter Observant about his retirement and his years at FASoS.
Aline Sierp interviewed for the Trans-European journal ‘Are We Europe’
Aline Sierp has been interviewed on the memory of Colonialism in Europe by the journal ‘Are We Europe’ published in all European countries.
Harro van Lente interviewed by Studio Europa
Harro van Lente has been interviewed by Studio Europa on how the COVID-19 crisis has stirred up our thinking about the future.
Carola Schoor interviewed by Maastricht University
Populist politics is a growth market – and a great topic for a PhD dissertation that ties in very neatly with Maastricht University’s (UM) mission to raise global citizens. It also fits Carola Schoor’s career perfectly. She has decades of experience as a public affairs and political communication adviser to members of the Dutch parliament and the European Parliament in Brussels.
Peter Peters interviewed by Maastricht University
Etudes for a news classical music practice
The audience of classical concerts is ageing, so there is a great need for a new audience. “But if you want to reach a new audience as an orchestra, you also have to change yourself”, says Peter Peters, endowed professor of Classical Music Innovation and director of the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM).
Imogen Liu interviewed by Bloomberg
Imogen Liu has been interviewed by Bloomberg about press freedom and the implications for international capital in light of the new national security law for Hong Kong.
Well-being, Women and Work in Ehtiopia. Interview with Valentina Mazzucato, Bilisuma Dito and Konjit Hailu Gudeta
The UM-initiated 3WE project (‘Well-being, Women and Work in Ethiopia’) studies how employment generated by foreign direct investment (FDI) is affecting the well-being of workers, and women in particular. Especially in Africa, where FDI is becoming one of the main sources of new employment opportunities and economic growth on the continent.
Cyrus Mody interviewed about Vici grant
Cyrus Mody has been interviewed by Maastricht University about his Vici grant. In the interview, he explains that he will research the dilemma of the entanglement between science and the oil industry with the €1.5 million grant he received.
Maarten Vink interviewed by Maastricht University
Members of the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE) Executive Board Maarten Vink and Melissa Siegel have been interviewed by UM about the effect of the corona crisis on migrants in the Netherlands and abroad.
Mirian Meissner interviewed by dorftv
Miriam Meissner has been interviewed by dorftv, an Austrian non-commercial news channel. The question guiding the interview was ‘what political realignment does the time of global risks require?’. The conversation revolved around the concept of ‘crisis’, how crises are debated in contemporary politics and society, and which new solutions for securing livelihoods need to be considered in the future.
The new challenge: finding a routine in online education. Interview with Patrick Bijsmans
Finding a new routine in education is the biggest challenge we face, says Patrick Bijsmans. Online education, no lectures or tutorials no contact with other students, no University Library… all these aspects are having a huge effect on daily routine.
Christine Neuhold interviewed on her appointment as Dean of FASoS
Christine Neuhold has been interviewed by Observant on her appointment as dean of FASoS. Christine will take over from current dean Sophie Vanhoonacker on 1 September 2020.
Sally Wyatt and two Digital Society students interviewed by UM Magazine
Sally Wyatt and two Digital Society students – Julius Vornhecke and Leonie Trutschler – have been interviewed by UMagazine on the bachelor’s degree in Digital Society that started in September 2019.
They explain how Digital Society came into being as a programme and what the future holds.
Interview with Nico Baakman on the occasion of his retirement
After over forty year of teaching, of which 20 years at Maastricht University, Dr. Nico Baakman retired on 14 January 2020. On this occasion and as a goodbye to his students and colleagues, his former student Hannah Segers talked to him about his career as a professor and his experiences along the way.
Rules for robots - towards a more civil robot apocalypse. Interview with Katleen Gabriels
Katleen Gabriels is a moral philosopher, specialised in computer ethics. She looks into how morality and computer technologies influence each other. Her new book "Rules for Robots. Ethics and Artificial Intelligence" asks some questions that will need to be answered very soon.
Brexit's long shadow. Interview with Christine Neuhold
While several parties in the latest UK election promised a second referendum, reconfirmed prime minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won an overwhelming mandate to “get Brexit done”.
Christine Neuhold talks about the need for informed debate and how complicated it is to leave the EU – or be in it.
Ferenc Laczo contributes to book Brave New Hungary
In Budapest, Ferenc Laczo witnessed the fall of the Iron Curtain and, with it, communism in Eastern Europe. But over the last nine years, he has watched with increasing concern how Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán has chipped away at the young democracy and set a course towards autocracy.
Kiran Patel says farewell to FASoS
Kiran Patel is leaving Maastricht University for the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where he will hold the chair in European History and establish an interdisciplinary research centre on Europe and European history. Here, he reflects on his time in Maastricht.
Involving citizens in research. Interview with Lea Beiermann and Susan Schreibman
Raise your hands if you’d be happy to spend your free time categorising illustrations about microscopy in the 19th century. Because this is the internet, there are actually quite a few hands in the air now – if not necessarily yours. FASoS scholars Lea Beiermann (Worlds of Wonder) and Susan Schreibman (Letters 1916-1923) are providing opportunities for people to utilise their creative potential to experience research and contribute to it.
Europe keeps me up at night, not my job. Interview with Dean Sophie Vanhoonacker.
She’s a political scientist and an art enthusiast. She loves chocolate, just like her father and grandfather. She’s ‘secretly’ ambitious, like her son. A ‘Dutchified’ Belgian, a team player, a sound sleeper and a good listener. “I don’t mind talking about myself if I’m asked. But most people like to do the talking.” A report of a two-hour interview with Sophie Vanhoonacker, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Interviews in Dutch Media
Mariëlle Wijermars was featured on the Dutch TV show EenVandaag to discuss the ongoing tensions in Ukraine, the role of disinformation, and the risk of provocations leading to a further escalations of the conflict.
Leonie Cornips featured in Trouw
In an interview by Dutch newspaper Trouw, Leonie Cornips challenges the assumption that raising children in a dialect is bad for their language development.
Mariëlle Wijermars featured on NPO Radio1
Mariëlle Wijermars has been featured on Nieuws en co (NPO Radio 1) to discuss the possibility of ‘cyberwar’ in Ukraine and the offer of the Dutch government to send cyber experts to Ukraine, which was extended during the visit of prime minister Rutte and minister of foreign affairs Hoekstra to Kyiv.
Claartje Rasterhoff in podcast of Dutch Heritage Network
Claartje Rasterhoff was interviewed for the bi-weekly NDE-podcast ‘Paulus en De Nijs op reis’ by the Dutch Heritage Network. She spoke about the use of digital heritage collections for research and education, and about the importance of researching digitisation processes.
Raf de Bont interviewed by Trouw
Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Raf de Bont, in which he addresses some of the conclusions of his book Nature's Diplomats.
Leonie Cornips interviewed by Humanistisch Verbond
Leonie Cornips has been interviewed by Humanistisch Verbond about her research which is ‘different from other kinds of research’. In the interview she makes a plea for more freedom of thought and creativity for researchers.
Maarten Doorman on NPO Radio 1
Maarten Doorman has been featured on NPO radio 1 to discuss the aversion to art in the public space and how this aversion can fade away.
Patricia de Vries interviewed for Vrij Nederland
Patricia de Vries was interviewed by Sander Pleij for Vrij Nederland’s podcast MENS to talk about her research on anxiety and the artificial womb.
Klaartje Peters on L1 radio
At the regional television broadcaster L1, Klaartje Peters helped explain the recent integrity inquiries into the provincial government and several municipalities in Limburg.
Mariëlle Wijermars on BNR Radio
Mariëlle Wijermars appeared as a guest on the BNR Radio show Boekestijn en De Wijk to discuss the latest developments in internet freedom and political opposition in Russia ahead of the September parliamentary elections.
Veerle Spronck and Ties van de Werff interviewed by Eindhovens Dagblad
Veerle Spronck and Ties van de Werff have been interviewed by the Eindhovens Dagblad about their research into orchestras.
Klaartje Peters interviewed by Trouw
Klaartje Peters has been interviewed for an article by Dutch newspaper Trouw about integrity issues in the Province of Limburg.
Sally Wyatt interviewed by Science Guide
Sally Wyatt has been interviewed by Science Guide about the gender bias in academic citations.
Leonie Cornips interviewed by L1 Limburg
Leonie Cornips has been interviewed by the regional news outlet 1Limburg about the Limburgish dialect.
Mayra Murkens and Willibrord Rutten interviewed by De Limburger newspaper
Both have been interviewed on the Maastricht Death and Disease Database (MDDD), which contains over 70.000 records of individuals who have died in Maastricht between 1864 and 1955. This historical information forms the foundation of Murkens’ PhD research into the health transition in Maastricht. The interview draws connections between historical epidemics and the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Jolien Makkinga interviewed by NPO radio 1
Jolien Makkinga has been interviewed on Dutch NPO radio 1 about the sound box (klankkast) she created. This sound box includes many different dialects spoken in Noord-Brabant and travels to nursing homes in Brabant. When people listen to the sound box and hear someone speak in their own dialect, they feel more at home, Makkinga explains.
Maarten Doorman interviewed by Human tv
Maarten Doorman has been interviewed by Human tv for their programme ‘Medialogica’. In the interview, Maarten reflects on whether art may be offensive or not. In the current world, where spectators are increasingly online, protests to art can lead to ‘cancel culture’.
Joline Makkinga and Leonie Cornips interviewed by De Volkskrant
Jolien Makkinga and Leonie Cornips have been interviewed about the sound box (klankkast) they created. This sound box includes many different dialects spoken in Noord-Brabant and travels to nursing homes in Brabant.
Esther Versluis interviewed by Observant
Esther Versluis has been interviewed by Observant for their new section ‘the second wave’. In the interview, she talks about how she has experienced working and teaching from home during the so-called second wave of the corona pandemic.
Pomme van de Weerd interviewed by NRC Handelsblad
Pomme van de Weerd has been interviewed about her PhD dissertation “Nederlanders and buitenlanders: a sociolinguistic-ethnographic study of ethnic categorization among secondary school pupils”.
Aagje Swinnen interviewed by De Volkskrant
Aagje Swinnen has been interviewed by Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant about ageing.
Patricia de Vries interviewed by de Correspondent
Patricia de Vries has been interviewed by de Correspondent about fear and anxiety. She claims that a life without fear does not exist, and she is happy about that.
Maarten Doorman interviewed by several news outlets
Maarten Doorman has been interviewed by several Dutch news outlets. Het Parool interviewed him about Anna Nooshin’s instagram museum. He explains that this selfie museum fits in our experience economy but that it at the same time shows the infantalisation of society. Filosofie.nl interviewed him about Schopenhauer’s ‘The Wisdom of Life’.
Nico Baakman interviewed by Omroep Zeeland
Nico Baakman has been interviewed by Omroep Zeeland about the Spahr case. Spahr van der Hoek was mayor of Middelburg from 1997 until he had to leave after a vote of no confidence in 2000. Baakman has just completed 16 years of research, which resulted in a book ‘de rechte weg’, into Spahr’s turbulent mayor years which were ruled by unjust declarations and a trust crisis.
Joep Leerssen interviewed by de Groene Amsterdammer
Joep Leerssen, together with several other experts, has been interviewed by de Groene Amsterdammer about the vulnerabilities of the dominating West in light of the corona crisis.
Lauren Wagner interviewed by the Groene Amsterdammer
Lauren Wagner has been interviewed by de Groene Amsterdammer for an article about Morocco receiving support from diaspora. In the diaspora, generations often lose the connection to their country of origin, but they don’t lose the connection with their Moroccan community.
Karin Bijsterveld interviewed by NRC
Karin Bijsterveld has been interviewed by Dutch newspaper NRC on the sound of a pandemic.
Interview with Leonie Cornips in Trouw
Leonie Cornips has been interviewed by the Dutch newspaper Trouw on the language cows speak. She explains that in her research she refutes the premises that only humans have their own language by which they set themselves apart from animals.
Interview with Raf de Bont in NRC
Raf de Bont was interviewed by NRC on his interest for ‘moving animals’. He reflects on the historical role the Korenwolf (European hamster) played in the history of Limburg.
Joey Tang interviewed by Observant
Joey Tang, PhD candidate at FASoS, has been interviewed by Observant about his life.
Nico Baakman interviewed by Dutch radiostation L1
Nico Baakman was interviewed by L1 on a case where the mayor of Weert allegedly subsidised a foundation he himself is chairman of. Dr. Baakman says he cannot judge whether something improper took place. He does agree, however, that an administrator should abstain from all appearance of evil.
Klaartje Peters interviewed by newspaper Trouw
Many mayors support a ban on consumer fireworks. By supporting a ban, mayors ensure this topic appears on the agenda in The Hague. This, however, does not mean that there will be a national ban on fireworks.
Raf de Bont interviewed by NPO1
Raf de Bont was interviewed at GAIA Zoo by Dutch radio station NPO1 about his project "Moving animals".
Ernst Homburg interviewed regional radio station L1 on Cultural Heritage ENCI
Ernst Homburg was interviewed by the L1 ‘cultuurcafé’ on the cultural heritage of the ENCI (Eerste Nederlandse Cement Industrie; First Dutch cement industry). In December 2019, the ENCI announced its bankruptcy. Ernst Homburg sees the necessity of finding a new use for the ENCI factory. The adjacent quarry could be converted into a geological park, Homburg argues.
Mathieu Segers interviewed by several news outlets
FASoS Professor Mathieu Segers was interviewed by several news outlets (Chapeau Magazine, de Limburger and 1Limburg) about the Maastricht Europe Days that took place last weekend. Prof. Segers is deputy managing director of Studio Europa which organises the Maastricht Europe Days.
He was also interviewed by NPO Radio 1 on Hungarian EU politics.
Maaike Meijer answers questions to RTL nieuws
In the framework of Trump’s impeachment procedure, RTL Nieuws asked questions to Maaike Meijer concerning female anger.In the article (in Dutch), Prof. Meijer claims that there is a taboo on female anger. While when a man gets angry his anger is viewed in light of the thing he gets upset about, when a woman gets angry she is accused of being emotional.
Interviews with Sophie Vanhoonacker and Katleen Gabriels
Sophie Vanhoonacker and Katleen Gabriels were interviewd by Dutch regional news station 1Limburg about the importance of the new Bachelor's programme Digital Society for today's society and how the graduates of this programme can bridge the gap between technology and society.
Interview with Katleen Gabriels in Trouw
Katleen Gabriels was interviewed on her latest book "Regels voor Robots" (Rules for Robots), in which she pleas to create ethical norms and rules for robots and AI systems, but also for engineers and other developers.
Podcast Series "Stories from Brussels"
Did you know that Maastricht University has a large academic community living and working in Brussels? Are you curious to learn how fellow UM staff, researchers and students have been experiencing the current lockdown? Find out how your UM colleagues are managing to combine their research with digital teaching or hear from UM students living in Brussels and their stories.
The UM Campus Brussels podcast series 'Stories from Brussels' aims to connect people from different UM communities in order to share personal experiences on what it's like to live and work in Brussels. Listen to UM Campus Brussels as we chat informally with UM researchers, alumni and students about what they are working on, how they have adapted, and how they see the future.