Annual Conferences

The annual conferences are the primary forum for promoting interaction among members with their common field of interest.

Conferences are the opportunity to discuss best practices, to support members with less experience within the area, and to develop best practices for PhD training.

Conferences are also an opportunity to meet with major stakeholders and to influence the political development of PhD training in Europe and worldwide.

Members have reduced registration. PhD students are welcome, also as contributors.

ORPHEUS Conference 2023 KU Leuven
Important Deadlines

1 February 2023: Deadline Submission for Travel Grant

ORPHEUS fosters the engagement and active involvement of doctoral candidates in its activities. The ORPHEUS2023 conference is therefore offering 2 travel grants (up to 1500€ for travel, lodging, and registration) for doctoral candidates from any ORPHEUS member institution who is presenting a poster on PhD education at the ORPHEUS conference.

Applications must include a motivation letter (maximum 250 words) and a description of the proposed poster (maximum 250 word). Applications should be sent before 1 February 2023 to with the subject heading “DOCTORAL CANDIDATE APPLICATION”.

28 February 2023: Abstract Submission Deadline
28 February 2023: Early Bird Registration Deadline

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Doctoral training prepares doctoral candidates for their future careers in a constantly changing
society. At this year’s ORPHEUS conference, keynote speakers and presenters selected from
submitted abstracts, will address how we can really put the I’s and O’s in doctoral training.

Open science creates an opportunity for high-quality research, because it makes the entire research
process more transparent and freely available to other scholars and society. European universities
and doctoral networks encourage Internationalization, making it more accessible for researchers all
over the world, while the need for Interdisciplinary research and Intersectoral mobility continues to

At our annual meeting, this year in Leuven, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges
associated with these contemporary elements of doctoral training and research activities. We
warmly invite you to actively participate in the workshops, panel discussions, presentations and
poster sessions, meeting new colleagues as you do and expanding you network.


ORPHEUS 2023 is proudly sponsored by:

ORPHEUS 2023, 13-15 April, Leuven, Belgium

Putting the i’s and o’s in doctoral training; International, Intersectoral, Interdisciplinary, and Open Science

Registration now open


Thursday morning:

Premeeting (both workshops of ~90 minutes will be given twice):

How to make a graphical abstract – Luk Cox & Idoya Lahortiga (Somersault1824, Belgium)

How to make your research instafamous – Kristof D’hanens (I Like Media, Belgium)


Thursday afternoon:


Welcome by John Creemers (President ORPHEUS)

Opening by rector Luc Sels (KU Leuven)

Session 1: Open Science part 1

Open Science = open for business – why you should make it your business! Lennart Martens (Ghent University and VIB, Belgium)

The future of research assessment in the Open Science era. Robert Harris (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)

Short talks selected from abstracts


Session 2: Open Science part 2

Why it is not all about the data; how can scientists counteract fake social media news Laura Smillie (EC policy analyst, Belgium)

Dealing with aggression as a high-profile scientist in the news; the experience of a virologist during covid. Marc van Ranst (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Explaining the need for animal experiments to the general public – A Walk on the Tight Rope. Sabine Chourbaji (Heidelberg University, Germany)

Short talks selected from abstracts


Friday Morning:

Session 3: Discussion panel: International Collaborations; Opportunities & Solutions

EUA-CDE thematic peer group report on co-tutelles: how to overcome the major challenges? An Jansen (KU Leuven, Belgium)

MSCA-Doctoral Networks-Joint Doctorates Sohail Luka (Policy Officer, MSCA Doctoral Networks, The European Commission, Brussels)

European University Networks – An insider’s view An Huts (KU Leuven, Belgium)


Session 4: International Mobility; Challenges & Threats

Exploring the effects of mobility and foreign nationality on internal career progression in universities. Karen Vandevelde (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Brain drain, brain gain, brain circulation. Lidia Nunez (Idea Consult, Belgium)

Selected talks from abstracts.


Friday Afternoon:

Session 5: Interdisciplinarity in Research

The University of Zurich’s Art & Science collaboration “Planet Digital”: Bridging the gap between science and society through novel means of science communication. Claudine Leysinger (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

The joys of interdisciplinary/cross sectoral supervision. Cormac Taylor (UCD Dublin, Ireland)

A new model to accelerate the translational cycle to benefit patient care. Péter Hegyi (Semmelweis University, Hungary)


ORPHEUS General AssemblyWhat can ORPHEUS do for you in your doctoral program? (Joana Palha [EC member], Ana Borovečki [treasurer], Janet Carton [vice-president], John Creemers [president])


Session 6: Ethics and Integrity

Research Integrity in context Kris Dierickx (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Research ethics and integrity when starting a PhD – Mind the Gap John Pearson (VUB, Belgium)

Selected talks from abstracts.


Saturday morning:

Session 7: Intersectoral collaboration part 1

How a stakeholder engagement panel – a collaboration between the Flemish universities and non-academic partners – bridges the needs of early career researchers and the labour market Nicole Wedell-von Leupoldt (KU Leuven, Belgium) & Katrien De Gelder (Ghent University, Belgium)

A hands-on course on Regulatory Medical Writing; a win-win for Industry and Academia – Leen Mathys (Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium)

Biotechnology in Flanders; a success story? –Willem Dhooge (FlandersBio, Belgium)

Short talks selected from abstracts.


Session 8: Intersectoral collaboration part 2

CIFRE Industrial Doctorates in France. Clarisse Angelier (ANRT, France)

Industry-University collaborations; what are the future competencies for the pharmaceutical sector. Ine Ilsbroux & David Fauvart (Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium)

Short talks selected from abstracts


Introduction to ORPHEUS2024 & Closing ceremony


Saturday afternoon:

Social program

Past Conferences

Below are a list of conferences which have taken place since 2005.

Istanbul 2022

Quality Training Environments for Biomedical Researchers

Braga 2020

Framework for Collaborative Doctoral Education Within Europe

Dublin 2019

Quality Training Environments for Biomedical researchers

Reykjavik 2018

Creativity, Diversity, Feedback and Motivation