GDPR in research


Research & Valorization

Target Group

Members of the Doctoral School


The new European privacy legislation, the GDPR, has been in place since 25 May 2018. This GDPR has consequences for the processing personal data in research and researchers also need to comply with these rules and requirements. This course will focus on the implementation of privacy and GDPR throughout the entire research life cycle.

The course will start with a theoretical background of the GDPR principles applied to a research context (3 hours). Researchers will be guided through the different phases of their research project and they will learn how to comply with the GDPR in each of these phases. In the second part of the course, we will discuss case studies/research projects that involve the processing of personal data with a focus on the practical implementation (3 hours). Doctoral students will also have the opportunity to work on their specific case with support from the lectures


By following this course doctoral students will learn how to deal with personal data and privacy in their specific doctoral project. Although the focus is GDPR in research and more specific on handling personal data in their doctoral research, knowledge about GDPR and privacy is also relevant for their further career inside and outside academia.


  • Hanne Elsen graduated legal practice in Diepenbeek, Master in Laws in Antwerp and Master of Laws in Notarial Law in Ghent. In 2016 she started her professional career as a business lawyer at Hasselt University, focusing on the legal aspects of academic research. While doing so, she developed a particular interest and expertise in ethics, integrity and privacy. She therefore continued her career at Ghent University, where she is currently appointed as Data Protection Officer. She has also been assigned as an independent Ethics Expert to the European Commission and is an avid member of several working groups concerning privacy and ethics, such as the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) on GDPR.
  • Annik Leyman holds a Master in Sociology (2004, Ghent University) and Business Economics (2005, Ghent University). From 2006 to 2011 she worked as a researcher at the Policy Research Centre for R&D Indicators where she did research on Human Resources in Research (doctorates, doctoral careers and researchers’ mobility). Since 2011 she became part of the Policy and Quality Control Unit of the Research Department at Ghent University. As policy advisor she is, among other things, responsible for the implementation of research data management and GDPR.

Time schedule & Venue


Course code Date Time Venue
GDPR-01 4 December 2023 10:00- 17:00 Vergaderzaal 1.2, Campus Ledeganck
20 March 2024 10:00- 17:00 Leslokaal 1.3 (Campus Ledeganck)

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members. The no show policy applies.


  • First semester: follow this link for the registration and waiting list. 
  • Second semester: follow this link for the registration and waiting list. 

Your registration will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools. Cancellation of your registration can only be performed by sending an email to

Number of participants

Maximum 12



Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% participation

After successful participation, the Doctoral Schools will add this course to your curriculum of the Doctoral Training Programme in Oasis. Please note that this takes up to one to two months after completion of the course.