More insights of our honorary doctors through several lectures

(15-03-2022) On the occasion of Dies Natalis, Ghent University is awarding 7 honorary doctorates. 4 honorary doctors will give a lecture in the run-up to Friday - on Wednesday and Thursday - in which they are happy to share their expertise and insights.

  • 16 March, 9:00 - public lecture by Professor Kari Smith - 'On the Importance of Research-Based Teacher Education'
  • 16 March, 19:00 - duo lecture by Professor David Julius and Professor Holly Ingraham
  • 17 March, 15:30 - lecture by Doctor Barney Scott Graham - 'A life in virology'
  • 17 March, 16:30 - public lecture by Professor Ann Langley - 'Approaches to studying organizational phenomena procesually'

Professor Kari Smith: 'On the Importance of Research-Based Teacher Education', 16 March, 9:00

Professor Kari Smith plays a prominent roll internationally in the development of research-based teacher education and in stressing the societal importance of teacher educators. With this honorary doctorate, the faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences emphasizes the importance of academically educated teachers, something Ghent University itself also invests in with its new Educational Masters program.

During this lecture Professor Kari Smith will discuss who teacher educators are and why research is so important for teacher education. 

Duo lecture Professor David Julius and Professor Holly Ingraham, 16 March, 19:00

Our ability to feel hot and cold through touch is essential to our survival and determines the way we interact with the world around us. In our daily lives, these sensations seem self-evident. But how can nerve impulses triggered by temperature be observed? This complex question was answered by David Julius, Nobel prize winner of Medicine and Physiology of 2021.

And on Wednesday 16 March, together with his wife and co-researcher Professor Holly Ingraham, he will answer all questions during a duo lecture on Campus UZ Gent.

Doctor Barney Scott Graham: 'A Life in Virology', 17 March, 15:30

Dr. Barney Graham has had an enormous impact on the field of immunology and virology. He has developed vaccines and antibody-based therapies to prevent and treat illnesses caused by countless viruses, among which are HIV, ebola, RSV and coronaviruses. His vision of investment in fundamental research to find out how these viruses penetrate human cells enabled the extremely rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccines.

During his lecture on 17 March on Campus Ledeganck, Dr. Graham will elaborate on his career, his vision on virology and the fight against viruses.

Professor Ann Langley: 'Approaches to studying organizational phenomena procesually', 17 March, 16:30

The work done by Professor Langley – a Canadian professor in Management at HEC Montréal who also holds a chair in Strategic Management in Pluralistic Settings – inspired countless researchers in the field of Management Sciences to develop process theories about how and why organisations, systems and other phenomena evolve through time and what the implications are thereof.

Process researchers investigate phenomena and theorize about them in terms of movement, activity and flow rather than in terms of relationships among variables: in other words, process research is critically focused on change. However, there are a variety of ways of thinking about what a process perspective means, each involving different assumptions and each requiring different research methodologies.

In this seminar, Professor Doctor Ann Langley will discuss four different understandings of process (process as evolution; process as narrative; process as activity; and process as withness) and consider their implications for research and practice.