Two VUBers join Jonge Academie

The Jonge Academie (Young Academy) is inaugurating 11 new members today. Two VUB students are among them: biologist Tom Van der Stocken and engineering physicist Jeroen Van Schependom.

Tom Van der Stocken (VUB, NASA-Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory) studies the global ecology and biogeography of tropical coastal ecosystems. Through multidisciplinary and multi-method projects, he investigates how mangrove forests are globally connected through the oceans, how these forests shift spatially in a changing climate, and how much they contribute to the global carbon cycle. He contributes to several NASA projects and has mapped coastal systems for the NASA SWOT mission.

Jeroen Van Schependom (VUB) investigates how structural and functional brain imaging can contribute to better follow-up of people with neurodegenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. He is also investigating whether new non-invasive methods of brain stimulation can help to slow down these illnesses.

Jonge Academie The Jonge Academie is an interdisciplinary and interuniversity meeting place for top young researchers and artists with their own views on science, society, art and policy. Through sharing opinions and events on current topics, it aims to contribute to the public perception of science and to the debate on science policy, specifically from the perspective of the young academic and artist.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. By providing excellent research and education on a human scale, VUB wants to make an active and committed contribution to a better society.

The World Needs You The Vrije Universiteit Brussel assumes its scientific and social responsibility with love and decisiveness. That’s why VUB launched the platform De Wereld Heeft Je Nodig - The World Needs You, which brings together ideas, actions and projects based on six Ps. The first P stands for People , because that’s what it’s all about: giving people equal opportunities, prosperity, welfare, respect. Peace is about fighting injustice, big and small, in the world. Prosperity combats poverty and inequality. Planet stands for actions on biodiversity, climate, air quality, animal rights... With Partnership , VUB is looking for joint actions to make the world a better place. The sixth and last P is for Poincaré , the French philosopher Henri Poincaré, from whom VUB derives its motto that thinking should submit to nothing except the facts themselves. VUB is an ’urban engaged university’, strongly anchored in Brussels and Europe and working according to the principles of free research.

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