ResearchTalks is a brand new cultural and science speed-dating event in which are presented 3 to 5 talks in  20 images, 12 minutes each. Format inspired by


The idea behind ResearchTalks is

  • sharing progress, research areas, issues in- and outside universities (UCL)
  • creating a networking space and environment between the different communities around the university – researchers, students, alumni, spin-offs, external and anyone else interested in the topics.


ResearchTalks aims to present an interdisciplinary mix of ongoing research and current projects at UCL, across all the faculties and departments. This enables opportunity of

  • Discovering new ideas;
  • Meeting new people with different backgrounds, e.g.: researchers, students, alumni, spin-offs;
  • Sharing experiences from in- and outside the research world.

It is also an opportunity to give more visibility to research in general (and researchers), inspire new collaborations and stimulate the audience’s curiosity.


Each ResearchTalks evening is split in two parts:

  1. Part 1: About 1 hour of presentations with 3 to 4 speakers, 20 images in 12 minutes for each talk. It makes the presentations shortdynamic and creates interest for the second part. It’s a kind of Pecha Kucha University.
  2. Part 2: Networking drink and informal discussion between the speakers and the audience.

Frequency? Two ResearchTalks evenings will happen each year. The first evening is planned the second half of May 2011.

Where? In Louvain-la-Neuve.

ResearchTalks evenings are free and opened to everyone!


ResearchTalks is an initiative of two former students of the Université Catholique de Louvain, fond of TED and Pecha Kucha Night BrusselsKindja Jenny Lwabandji and Thomas Ykman.

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