BAPS Junior Day 2022

2 June 2022 | 09.15u - 14.10u

09.25 - 09.55: Parallel Networking Workshop 1 - Scientific speed-dating: get to know other researchers

09.25 - 09.55: Parallel Networking Workshop 2 - Team Mentorship - Dr. Emerence Delacenserie and Dafne Cedeno

10.15 - 11.35: Keynote - Intercultural interaction - Oriana Bertucci - Uliège

Research units are increasingly interacting in multicultural environments, yet different norms and habits are not always easily understood. This keynote explores ways to effectively communicate and work in a broad range of siutations in order to avoid misunderstandings and difficulties. Slides are available here :

Oriana Bertucci currently works as a program officer in the Research Office at the University of Liege supporting doctoral candidates, PhD supervisors and early career researchers in advancing their careers, developing their soft skills and expanding their networks. ms. Bertucci has worked in higher education in Canada, the United States and Europe and brings a broad perspective of best practices from each country's educational environment. She strongly believes in the benefits of a balanced student experience, community well-being, and educational development outside the classroom. She is committed to creating well-balanced and welcoming communities on campus for individuals at all stages of their academic careers.

ms. Bertucci holds a BAH in International Relations, Politics and Economics from the University of Guelph (Canada) and a MSc in Innovation, Leadership and Management from the University of York (UK). She is an avid supporter of the Standard de Liege football club, a large consumer of iced coffee and a half-marathon enthusiast.

11.45 - 12.20: Social media & Networking in Psychology workshop

The BAPS Junior Board members presented how junior scholars can network in each faculty of psychology in Belgium. They also reminded everyone of the importance of networking when being a PhD student or post-doc. Indeed, hard-working, writing process, going aborad and other factors may lead to isolation, anxiety or burnout. Therefore, we encourage young researchers to take care of themselves and expand their social connections. The Junior Board suggests some solutions and groups links that you can join !

Slides and Resources are available here :

13.10 - 14.10: Invited parallel session 1 - The many faces of a researcher - Dr. Ann Van der Jeugd - Bewise

Whether you have already graduated or not, thinking about your career options is critical to your success. There are plenty of choices in terms of your career track both in and outside academia. Leuven Brain Institute Program manager and BeWiSe President Ann Van der Jeugd talked about her pivot from post-doc researcher to manager of the LBI and gave some useful tips for science careers.

dr. Ann Van der Jeugd is the Program Manager of the Leuven Brain Institute at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), where she units all neuroscience research at KU Leuven. Ann was a postdoctoral fellow of the Fund Scientific Research – Flanders (FWO), and obtained several prestigious awards including the Science Communication Prize from the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences in Belgium (KVAB) in 2020 and multiple grants including a Brain Awareness Week grant ( 2019) from the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), a Marie-Curie COFUND travel grant (2017), and two FWO grants to undertake research stays in Australia (2015), Portugal (2017), and USA (2018).

Ann is the President of BeWiSe - Belgian Women in Science, an NPO that supports the position of women in science. To do this, she provides mentoring, organizes workshops and participates in projects and debates about “Women in STEM”. More info can be found on

13.10 - 14.10: Invited parallel session 2 - How to communicate with the media? - Prof. Olivier Luminet - UCLouvain

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