Diversity and internationalization

Internationalization remains high on VIB’s agenda. Of all our scientific positions, some 30% are now filled by people from other countries.

Below is the distribution of personnel over the various function groups as on 31/12/2010:


This high degree of internationalization is in part due to the systematic application of VIB’s international recruitment policies over the past years. Openings for doctoral students, postdoc researchers, experts and group leaders are always advertized internationally, e.g. in professional journals and on their websites (Nature, Science), specialized sites for certain research topics, etc. Networking and attending conventions naturally remain important channels for meeting talented potential employees.

Also, young postdocs going abroad looking for new experiences and additional expertise act as VIB ambassadors and indirectly contribute to VIB's internationalization. The networks they build eventually result in foreign postdoctoral and doctoral researchers finding their way to Flanders.

Number of employees maintained in spite of crisis
In 2010, VIB maintained its number of employees, despite the funding cuts. The latter did have an impact on the personnel policies of various VIB departments, however. The most striking effect was a decrease in the number of new initiatives, including the establishment of new research groups. 2010 witnessed the birth of three new groups.

Training at VIB
VIB has built a reputation over the past years for the diversity of its training programs, which offer something for everyone working at VIB. At VIB we attach great importance to people having the opportunity to acquire complementary skills and knowledge in addition to developing their purely scientific capabilities.


  • The VRTC (VIB Research Training Course) Program got off to a flying start in 2010. The program was developed in collaboration with the postgraduate schools of the universities and is geared to offering participants an introduction to state-of-the-art technologies, theme-centered summer schools, technology transfer training, science presentations and practice in writing scientific papers. 
  • BITS continues to organize bioinformatics courses and workshops open to all VIB scientists.
  • VIB provides continuous education for lab technicians.
  • To promote the integration of foreign VIB employees, we offer courses in Dutch for allophones.
  • The new@VIB sessions aim to familiarize all new employees with the VIB community and introduce them to all the facilities and tools available for scientists at the Institute.