ROSA 2023 for Prof. Sofie Van Hoecke

(12-05-2023) The 5th Rotary Science Award (ROSA) was awarded to Professor Sofie Van Hoecke and her team PreDiCT (IDLab) for their project ‘Design and development of an AI-driven digital pathology device’.

This year's nominees for the ROSA 2023 were chosen within the the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. The jury decided to award the 5th ROSA Award 2023 to prof. dr. ir. Sofie Van Hoecke and her team PreDiCT of the research group IDLab (Internet Technology & Data Science Lab)  for their project ‘Design and development of an AI-driven digital pathology device’. This project contains a more efficient monitoring and detection of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), a disease caused by parasitic worms that affects more than 1 billion people worldwide.

On Monday 8 May, the award ceremony took place in the Aula of Ghent in the presence of Rector Prof. Rik Van de Walle, Prof. dr. ir. Patrick De Baets, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Prof. dr. Isabelle Van Driessche, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Isabelle Heyndrickx, schepen Bevolking Stad Gent and Rotary District Governor 2130 Claude Hamilius.

Rotary Science Award 2023

For 2023 candidates are eligible who are promotors of a project, doctorate or important publications within the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Ghent (UGent). The Project must have started within the last three years, doctoral dissertations or publications may not be older than three years. The ROSA is a prize of € 10.000, - (ten thousand euro) which is awarded to the promotor of the selected project, publication or doctorate.

Rotary Club Gent

Rotary Club Ghent, as part of its Service to the Community, strives to improve the living conditions of the weaker groups in society. It is clear that scientific research can make an essential contribution here to arrive at sustainable solutions. That is why Rotary Club Ghent has decided to present an annual prize (Rotary Science Award, ROSA) to a scientific project that takes initiatives in the fight against poverty and/or the main causes of Rotary International. The submitted projects, publications or doctoral thesis must show that the submitted work can contribute substantially to this goal.