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Communications at the F.R.S.-FNRS

In order to increase public interest in research and to highlight the usefulness of science, the F.R.S.-FNRS is developing a proactive communications policy with the press and the public through press releases and conferences, fnrs.news and various event-related publications.

The FNRS is also producing video content on its new website (FNRS.tv), including short interviews with current and former FNRS researchers, grant recipients and incentive grant recipients. The aim of the policy is not only to give a wider audience a better understanding of the goals and context of the research funded by the FNRS, but also to offer them the opportunity to get to know the researchers and their careers. The website and the interviews have already proven themselves to be a success, with statistics showing that at least 30 000 individual visitors have seen at least one video. This isn’t even counting the views on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Youtube). sociaux (Facebook, Twitter et Youtube).

Dans le but d'accentuer l'intérêt du public pour la recherche et de mettre en évidence l'utilité de la science, le F.R.S.-FNRS entend développer une politique proactive de communication avec la presse et le public par le biais de communiqués et conférences de presse, du fnrs.news et diverses publications dans le cadre d'événements

Le FNRS propose également des séquences vidéo sur un nouveau site web (FNRS.tv), avec de courtes interviews de chercheurs, boursiers ou mandataires du FNRS, actuels ou anciens. L’objectif est non seulement de permettre à un public large de mieux comprendre l’objet et le cadre des recherches financées par le FNRS, mais c’est aussi l’opportunité de découvrir la personnalité de ces chercheurs ainsi que de connaître leur parcours scientifique. Le site et les interviews ont déjà trouvé leur public puisque les statistiques de fréquentation indiquent que plus de 30.000 visiteurs uniques ont regardé au moins une émission. Des chiffres encourageants auxquels il faut encore ajouter les diffusions sur les réseaux sociaux (Facebook, Twitter et Youtube).

Quinquennial Prizes 2020 of the F.R.S.-FNRS

On October 4, 2021, in the presence of H.M. the King, a ceremony was held at Bozar to award the 2020 Quinquennial Prizes.

  • The Prize in Clinical Biomedical Sciences (Joseph Maisin Scientific Prize) was awarded to Patrizio Lancellotti, Professor at the University of Liège and Director of the Cardiology Department of the University Hospital of Liège, for his major contribution in the field of valvular heart diseases.
  • The Prize in Basic Biomedical Sciences (Joseph Maisin Scientific Prize) was awarded to Jean-François Collet, Professor at the UCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain and co-Director of the de Duve Institute, who has uncovered new fundamental cellular mechanisms.
  • The Prize in Humanities and Social Sciences (Ernest-John Solvay Scientific Prize) was awarded to Vassilis Saroglou, Professor at the Institute of Psychology of the UCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain, for his bold and innovative work in the field of the psychology of religions.
  • The Prize in Applied Exact Sciences (Dr. A. De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart Prize) was awarded to Jean-Christophe Charlier, Professor at the Polytechnic of the UCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain, for his founding work on graphene.
  • The Prize in Fundamental Exact Sciences (Dr. A. De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart Prize) was awarded to Véronique Dehant, Head of Department at the Royal Observatory of Belgium and Professor Extraordinary at the UCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain, whose discoveries have favored numerous space missions.

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All about FNRS research being carried out in universities.
Our researchers, our events and our projects.
issue 121 with subject Dossier ERC.

The PHARE 20.25 plan

Following the Phare I and Phare II refinancing plans, the FNRS adopted the PHARE 20.25 strategic plan. The plan is ambitious and practical. Investing more into fundamental research has never been more important to our future.

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Annual reports

206.720.560 euros, 3 800 funding requests, a database of over 13 000 international scientific experts who can be consulted for their insightful advice on funding requests, 2 200 researchers in FWB universities...

Annual reports in pdf: 2021-2020 (web) -2019-2018-2017-2016-2015-2014-2013-2012-2011-2010-2009-2008

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The FNRS is dedicated to fighting climate change, and has set aside 20 million euros for this topic. 


Télévie celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018. To mark the occasion, a new journal dedicated to cancer research was launched. (only in FR)

The FNRS at 90

“The 90th anniversary of the F.R.S.-FNRS represents an important message for current and future generations: a message of determination, high standards and excellence.”
Véronique Halloin, Secretary General of the FNRS

The book “Supporting research for 90 years” was published for the occasion.

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Une « web TV » pour connaître plus et comprendre mieux


An “internet TV” for learning more and understanding better
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Natural Sciences

Denis Saint-Amand, Research associate, UNamur - "Wild and collective literature"
Denis Saint-Amand is a researcher in literature. He is interested in wild literature, i.e. productions that escape the book circuit (manuscripts, tags, etc.). His goal? To get out of the bibliolatry of literary history
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Life and Health Sciences (SVS)

Sophie Lucas, Professor, UCLouvain - "Autoimmune diseases". Sophie Lucas and her team have been very interested in Tregs and TGF-β in the context of cancer. As part of a WELBIO project, they are tackling autoimmune diseases via the same immune cells that block excessive immune responses: the idea is to develop a drug to increase the function of the Treg and TGF-β they produce.
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Human and Social Sciences (SHS)

Elisa Schroder, FNRS/FRESH doctoral grantee (2016-2019), ULB: "Why are we addicted?" Elisa Schroder studies the possibilities of cognitive rehabilitation of alcohol-dependent subjects. She explains what happens in the brain when you become addicted and when you start a withdrawal process.
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The FNRS and Scientifc Policy

Véronique Halloin, Secretary General of the FNRS – Today’s world is a reflection of yesterday’s fundamental research. And the fundamental research which we are undertaking today will incontrovertibly contribute to making the world of tomorrow.
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