Our moderator Lieven Scheire was born in 1981 in Flanders. He studied physics at Ghent University. While he was studying he also started playing stand-up comedy, and formed a sketch group 'Neveneffecten' (side-effects) with three friends. Their follow up series "Basta", a documentary series was awarded a Prix Europe in 2011 for "Best TV concept of the year 2012 to reach new audiences". Author of three popular-scientific books, he performs as a standup -comedian and keynote speaker.
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.
Gustaaf C. Cornelis (1966) studied philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. At the Rijksuniversiteit (former UGent) and Polytechnical University of Athens he qualified in logic, history and philosophy of science. He earned his Phd in 1995 (‘metaphysics of contemporary cosmological thinking’). For the moment he teaches philosophy of science and related disciplines at the VUB and Universiteit Antwerpen. He publishes about science ethics.
Pieter Van Dooren is science journalist at the newspaper De Standaard. He first was editor at Natuur & Techniek magazine, then moved over to De Standaard. He took some fresh air as content manager at Technopolis science center, followed by a few years as communication manager at VIB research institute and at the Antwerp Institute of Tropical medicine. In between he managed to write eight books on popular science.
Anne-Sophie Libert received her PhD in Sciences and is now assistant professor at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Namur (UNamur). Her research interests focus on celestial mechanics, especially the formation, evolution and habitability of extrasolar systems. She is member of the Namur Center for Complex Systems (naXys) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU). In 2015 she won the Agathon de Potter Prize of the Académie Royale de Belgique.
Jeroen Reygaert was born in Ronse (Belgium) in 1983. He studied B.Ed. in history, geography and Dutch at the Arteveldehogeschool Gent, and M.A. in history at Ghent University. After his studies, he started working as teacher in history and geography in Ghent and Ronse. Since 2012, he works as radio journalist for the Flemish public broadcaster VRT, where he is now part of the Foreign News Desk. He also follows educational and scientific subjects for VRT-Radio.
Philippe Smet, Famelab 2014 alumnus, is associate professor in the LumiLab research group at the Faculty of Sciences (Ghent University), where various kinds of light-emitting materials and processes are investigated, including glow-in-the-dark stuff and light conversion materials for white LEDs. In addition to research, he is involved in teaching at Bachelor and Master level, and in the training programme for physics teachers.