KU Leuven News
On the occasion of its Patron Saint's Day, KU Leuven will once again award a number of honorary doctorates. This year, the celebrations will take place on Wednesday 10 February 2016.
KU Leuven researchers have devised a prototype delivery drone that could rival the likes of Amazon Prime Air and Google's Project Wing. VertiKUL 2 combines the ability of quadcopters to take off and land vertically with both the speed of conventional aircraft and their capacity to fly long distances.
In collaboration with scientists from Imperial College London and Lund University, Professors Dirk Timmerman and Ben Van Calster from KU Leuven have improved a test for ultrasound diagnosis of ovarian tumours.
Researchers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have identified the cause of abdominal pain in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As a result, they were able to select a medicine that could reduce or end that pain. This medicine is already used to treat hay fever.
Clouds play a bigger role in the melting of the Greenland ice sheet than was previously assumed. Compared to clear skies, clouds enhance the meltwater runoff by a third. Those are the findings of an international study that was coordinated by KU Leuven and published in Nature Communications.
Some adolescents respond to social situations in ways that may perpetuate rather than reduce their feelings of loneliness. These teens tend to attribute social inclusion to coincidence and social exclusion to some personal shortcoming.
One in five human beings is overweight. One in seven is hungry. By 2050, we will have another two billion mouths to feed. How can agriculture meet this challenge? Should we take meat off the menu for good?
Great news for grammar lovers: style guides work. New research shows that manuals can change our grammatical preferences in English, especially when they recommend informal grammatical options.
On Friday 11 December, over 500 students from different developing countries assembled in Alma 2 for the Get Together Day. They got to know their fellow students a little better, enjoyed a winter barbecue, and danced the night away.
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a new type of materials with nanoscale pores. Bioscience engineers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have developed an alternative method that produces these materials in the form of very thin films, so that they can easily be used for high-tech applications such as microchips.
Researchers from KU Leuven and Utrecht University have discovered a new approach to the production of fuels. Their new method can be used to produce much cleaner diesel. It can quickly be scaled up for industrial use. In 5 to 10 years, we may see the first cars driven by this new clean diesel.
Clinical geneticists from KU Leuven have identified two genes that cause the rare congenital syndrome known as circumferential skin creases Kunze type.
Researchers from KU Leuven and VIB have shown that the yeasts used to ferment cocoa beans can change the taste of the chocolate. The team also created new yeast strains that offer chocolate manufacturers a broad range of flavours to choose from.
On 30 November, KU Leuven professors Greet Van den Berghe and Luc Van Gool received the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) Excellence Prize in Brussels. They each received 100,000 euros in recognition of their scientific career. Greet Van den Berghe and Luc Van Gool receive FWO Excellence Prize
Alessandro Baricco not only is one of Italy's most talented novelists, he’s also a sharp-penned culture critic whose voice resonates far beyond his country’s borders. “Unlike in an essay, it is never my explicit aim in a novel to understand something in the world.”
He brings war crimes into the open, ventures into the wolf’s den to confront criminals, and goes in among the refugees washing ashore to drag children out of the water. Peter Bouckaert (45) from Human Rights Watch: “For us, victims have a face and a name.”
As part of its Patron Saint’s Day celebrations, KU Leuven traditionally confers a number of honorary doctorates in recognition of extraordinary academic, social, or cultural achievements. On 10 February 2016, the university will award five honorary doctorates to people who excel in their domain.
American engineer and computer scientist Anantha P. Chandrakasan (47) is a world authority on electronic chip design. He’s been doing research into energy-efficient circuits and systems for twenty-five years. With the Internet of Things, whereby practically all devices exchange information without human intervention, we’ll need more and more technologies that function without electricity or batteries.