Network Your Way Forward

Network Your Way Forward is a unique panel discussion in which outstanding ex-postdocs in successful careers share their networking experiences. A panel consisting of 4 highly qualified former postdocs will share their networking experiences and how their network helped them boost their careers:


  • Prof Dr Anne De Paepe, member of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and currently Rector of our University
  • Dr Kim Heylen, until 2016 postdoc at the Faculty of Sciences, now Sample Coordinator at Biocartis
  • Prof Dr Savvas Savvides, first postdoc and now professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Prof Dr Stijn Baert, first postdoc and now professor at the faculty of Economy and Business Administration


The entire event will be professionally moderated by Annelies Beck, widely known throughout Flanders from her work for radio and television. She will make sure there is plenty of opportunity to interact with our panelists!




-        Welcome

-        Panel discussion

-        Conclusions



Sandwich lunch inside (in case of bad weather) or in the inner courtyard of the Abbey (in case of good weather).


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The Speakers


Anne De Paepe has been the rector of Ghent University since 1 October 2013. She is Professor in Human and Medical Genetics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and leads the Centre for Medical Genetics of the Ghent University Hospital. Under her guidance, the Centre has grown into an important interdisciplinary centre for genetics with more than 150 employees. As rector, Anne De Paepe is a member of various councils and organisations (VLIR, VLUHR, FWO). Besides her job at and for the UGent, she is also a member of the steering committee of the Scientific Fund of the King Boudewijn Foundation and of the Scientific Board of the Princess Lilian Foundation, and she presides the Jury of the Inbev-Baillet-Latour Prize. For her research, she obtained various scientific awards, such as the “Antoine Marfan Award USA”, the prize “Marcel Vastesaeger” of the Association of Cardiology and the prize  “GlaxoSmithKline” for Medical Scientific Research.


Kim Heylen obtained a bachelor and master degree in Biology from the University of Antwerp in 2001. She further specialized in Microbiology by obtaining a second master in 2003 in Applied Microbial Systematics at the Ghent University. After obtaining her PhD in December 2007 and working as a project manager in industry at a listed SME and as senior scientist in public service, she returned to LM-UGent in 2010 as a post-doctoral assistant and later as FWO post-doctoral fellow. During the last two years as post-doc, she was highly involved in the early years of the UGent postdoc community, as member of the steering community and as the first president. Since April 2017, Kim has left academia to pursue a career in the biotech industry and is currently employed by Biocartis, a Belgian listed molecular diagnostics company.  She supervises a team of four and represents Biocartis in network associations.


Savvas Savvides. Following undergraduate studies in the Biological Sciences and Chemistry with honors at Cornell University (USA), Savvas obtained a PhD in Biophysics at Cornell University (USA) in 2000. He pursued post-doctoral research in structural biology at Washington University School of Medicine (USA), and in 2002 transitioned his research/academic career to Europe as EMBO Research Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). In 2005 he was appointed to the Faculty of Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium) where he currently serves as professor of Structural Biology and Biophysics. Starting in January 2015, his research group joined the VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research (Belgium). Savvas’ group employs integrative structural biology approaches to elucidate the structural and mechanistic principles underlying the assembly, activation and pathophysiology of protein complexes pivotal to immunity, inflammation, autoimmune diseases and cancer.


Stijn Baert obtained Master degrees in Civil Engineering and Economics, and a Doctoral Degree in Economics at Ghent University. He is a full-time professor since 2015 at our University, teaching various (social) economic courses. His overall research field is the labor economy, with substantive emphasis on discrimination and the transition from school to work and methodological emphasis on micro-econometry and experiments. His studies were published by leading international magazines and awarded by, among others, the King Baudouin Foundation and McKinsey. He is part of the editorial board of several scientific journals. In 2015 and 2016, IDEAS included him in their top 100 most promising economists worldwide, including a 17th place in 2016. He invests in the vulgarization of scientific research and received an annual award for Science Communication from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium in 2015. Stijn was a representative of the students and assistant academic staff for five years in the Board of Directors (Raad van Bestuur) and three years in the Executive Board (Bestuurscollege) of the UGent. In his capacity as student representative, he initiated the Student Kick-Off series.