LIAS Foundation Established
On 2 June 2021, the Rector and the General Administrator of KU Leuven signed an agreement with Joost and Hilde Van Meerbeeck-Debois and their family office. This resulted in the establishment of LIAS Foundation which, building on the work of the Herman Van der Wee Fund and alongside the contribution of the KU Leuven, will provide the means for developing LIAS.

LIAS Foundation is managed by a Management Board consisting of the Rector, the General Administrator, the Group Chairman of KU Leuven, the Chair and a member of the steering group of Metaforum, and the initiators of the Fund, together with a number of co-opted external members for a five-year mandate. The Management Board is co-chaired by the Rector, currently Luc Sels, and the initiator of the Fund, Joost Van Meerbeeck.


A healthy public debate about important societal challenges requires a common and scientifically sound basis.

Bart Pattyn

Co-Chair LIAS and member Board LIAS Foundation