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Dementia is increasingly being recognised as a public health priority and one of the greatest challenges we face as a society. This book brings together international experts from different disciplines, including medicine, social psychology, nursing, economics and literary studies. They work together to develop integrative policies focusing on social inclusion and quality of life.
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Dementia is increasingly being recognised as a public health priority and one of the greatest challenges we face as a society. This book brings together international experts from different disciplines, including medicine, social psychology, nursing, economics and literary studies. They work together to develop integrative policies focusing on social inclusion and quality of life.
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Leuven Institute for Advanced Study (LIAS) invites applications for visiting scholars within the project ‘New living arrangements for the boomer generation’ (March-May 2023). The total duration of a stay at LIAS should at least be 1 month, with 3 months as a maximum.
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Leuven Institute for Advanced Study (LIAS) invites applications for visiting junior fellows within the project ‘Media and Artificial Intelligence’ (25 November-7 December 2022).
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On 13, 18 and 25 May 2022 LIAS organised three expert lectures in the framework of the project 'Societal aspects of climate change'. In the Hollands College Robert Jeszke (Poland), Florian Kaiser (Germany) and Lindsay Bremner (UK) were speaking successively about the role energy conversion, behavioural change and big cities play in the climate issue.
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An impression of the academic session in the University Library on 2 November 2021. After the opening lecture by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Luc Sels and Joost Van Meerbeeck presented LIAS, after which Bruno Holthof, Geert Meyfroidt and Corinne Vandermeulen discussed the lessons from the pandemic in a debate moderated by Isabel Albers.
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The academic session in the University Library was followed by a networking event in Hollands College, LIAS' base. Luc Sels, Bart Pattyn and Joost Van Meerbeeck welcomed the guests.
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In the words of Robbert Dijkgraaf, director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, delivered during his opening lecture on 2 November: “An IAS must never be isolated. Ideas must be able to escape from the lab and infect others.”
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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.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us a lot. It has taught us how fragile our social and economic interactions are, but also how a crisis gives rise to creativity and commitment.
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In the Autumn, LIAS will be presented to the general public. This will take place on 2 November 2021 at 5 pm in the Reading Room of KU Leuven's Central Library. Introductory speakers are Robbert Dijkgraaf (Director Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton), Luc Sels (Rector KU Leuven), and Joost Van Meerbeeck (Co-Chair LIAS/LIAS Foundation). This will be followed by a debate with Bruno Holthof (CEO Oxford University Hospitals), Geert Meyfroidt (Clinical Director UZ Leuven) and Corinne Vandermeulen (Leuven University Vaccinology Center).
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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
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