VIB blog



… to the VIB blog.

Here, VIB – Flanders' strategic research institute for life sciences and biotechnology – will nurture a platform for blogging that reflects the diversity within the institute. These pages will be curated by the communications team, but contributions will come from across the organization. Students, interns, technicians, administrative staff, group leaders… all are invited to grab their virtual pen and take you along for an interesting ride.


Topics will vary, but most posts will have something to do with science, biotech, health, ecology, outreach, and life in a research institute/academia.

We believe in open and transparent science communication, and this blog is a way to achieve this. Everyone interested in scientific and biotechnological research should find something of interest here. Science from within – and outside of – the institute will be discussed in accurate but jargon-free language, the social impacts of trailblazing research will be highlighted, and slices of daily life from across one of the world’s leading life sciences institutes will be shared.


Since this blog thrives on voluntary contributions, there is no set schedule. There will, however, be at least one blog per month. But, as this platform – and hopefully its audience – grows, there will be more. Some contributors will write one post, others might be interested in writing a series of posts. We encourage both. The main goal of this blog is to give a voice to VIB-members, whatever their timetable or availability.

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A blog grows and flourishes thanks to its readers. So, you can help us in creating and developing the VIB blog. Feel free to like, share, or comment on, any post here that has spiked your interest.​ 

​7 August 2019

Anthrax is a deadly and highly resilient disease caused by the spore-forming bacterial pathogen B. anthracis. The bacterium carries the historic weight of being a major killer up until the 19th century, as well as being the subject of famous experiments that shaped modern microbiology and vaccine technology.

You can read Doctor Antonella Fioravanti 's  Behind the Paper on this subject here. 



​25 July 2019

Animal testing is a controversial subject. Every year on April 24th, World Day for Laboratory Animals, protests are held against the use of animals in scientific research. After all, isn’t it time we moved on from animal testing? The truth is that in some circumstances animal testing remains needed to save lives.

Read the blog post by Liesbeth Aerts here


 Want to learn more about animal testing? Check our Fact Series 


25 July 2019

Sleep is important. In humans, in fact, sleep is a matter of life and death. This is also true for bacteria.

Surprisingly enough, bacteria are champion sleepers. When they enter their slumber almost nothing can disturb them. They are even immune to antibiotics while they’re dozing off. The sleeping bacteria that survive an antibiotic treatment are known as ‘persisters’. These persisters will wake when the antibiotic barrage has passed. They return to their active live and can reproduce again.​


Lean more about these sleeping bacteria in Dorien Wilmaert & Liselot Dewachters blog