Jeroen Baert is our moderator. He's a Phd student in the Computer Graphics Research group at the KU Leuven. Since 2010 he launches himself on stages all over the country. Active and infamous at Preparee, The Belgian Improvisation League and the Joker Impro Team, he tries to use his scientific powers for good at several science events, like the science slam of the KU Leuven and the summer school on science communication.
Katleen Bracke (1973) has been working for VRT Radio for over 15 years. Currently she is science journalist for VRT News, before she has worked as editor and reporter for Radio1 current affair programs (Vandaag, De Ochtend, Bonus, De Wandelgangen, Voor De Dag). She has also co-invented and started successful radio shows like Jongens & Wetenschap, Feyten of Fillet and Vandaag.
Henk Rijckaert is a born comedian, both on tv and on stage. He played on almost every stage (or something quite similar to that), from youth clubs to famous cultural establishments, as well you have probably seen him already on the telly. Back then he had his own TV-show with smashing ratings, called ‘zonde van de zendtijd’ on Canvas. Recently he was a welcome guest at Scheire & de Schepping, De Schuur van Scheire and De Slimste Mens Ter Wereld.
Katrien Strubbe is associate professor at the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences (Ghent University). Besides electrochemistry, her interests focus on teachers, teacher education and inquiry based science education. She is responsible for the Do-Chemistry Centre at Ghent University. In 2015, she is selected to join the Belgian Delegation for the European festival Science on Stage Europe in London.
Jan Tytgat is Full Professor and Head of the Laboratory Toxicology & Pharmacology at the KU Leuven. He holds the chair of Toxicology and Pharmacology at KU Leuven and is director of the division Biopharmaceutical Sciences of LRD. Jan Tytgat is also leading a forensic toxicology laboratory in Belgium at the request of the Ministry of Justice and considered an expert in the field of drugs, alcohol and xenobiotic substances.
Patsy Renard is professor in the Research Unit in Cell Biology at the Faculty of Sciences (University of Namur). Her research interests are devoted to two axis. One is fundamental and focus on how cells respond to dysfunction of their main powerhouse, i.e. the mitochondria. The second axis aims to develop new technologies to study a class of proteins that control gene expression; those proteins are called transcription factors.