VUB Fuckup Night


A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. This edition will focus on failures of researchers and what we can learn from it. They will tell their story in 7 minutes using 10 images.


To create a culture shift around failure and enable a mindset of well-being and innovation


Monday 9 October 2017 at 7 PM


Ritcs Café Antoine Dansaertstraat 70, 1000 Brussel

Who can join?

Some more background:

Born in Mexico City in 2012, the movement has expanded to 250+ cities in 77 countries. More than 200.000 people attended FuckUp Nights in 2016. Watch some videos from earlier nights to feel the vibe:


Nevena Hristozova

I did my masters in Finland where I fell in love with Santa, but he'd always be away for Christmas, so we broke it off. Then I came to Belgium for my PhD at the VUB in a structural biology lab. I'm almost there - need to do the final defence. In the meantime I'm a scientific project manager by day and a science communicator by night (I earned a postgraduate degree from KU Leuven while doing my PhD). So now I podcast, I blog and generally spam the internet in science trying to counteract at least a little bit all the crappy fake-news stories around and to balance out the pseudoscience broadcasters. The X files are the sole reason I'm a scientist (no joke).

Kevin Smets

Kevin is professor in media and culture at the Department of Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He works and teaches on media, migration and conflict, and primarily focuses on the Middle East and Turkey in particular. He is also a member of the Jonge Academie, a group of young scholars that wants to bridge the gap between science and society.


Chris Van Schravendijk

Professor emeritus of VUB. Specialised in diabetes, first director of Doctoral School of Life Sciences and Medicine.

Carlo Annaratone

Carlo is a field engineer - a specialist who repairs very expensive equipment used for chemical analysis. He will tell the story of how he tried to become a scientist, badly failed at delivering much useful research but instead learned a lot on how to operate exotic machinery in the lab. His story about the importance curiousity and resourcefulness, the benefits of disassembling radios as a kid, and the need to know when to give up.