New at FRIS: patents, infrastructure and datasets

As you can see above, the FRIS Research portal has been expanded with additional information about patents, infrastructure and datasets. Beside information about almost 1800 patents, you can also find limited information about infrastructure and datasets. The amount of information will of course grow systematically in the future, so that this will offer a more complete view of the Flemish research landscape. We wish you a good surfing experience!

Researcher in the spotlight

André De Kesel


André De Kesel works as a researcher at Meise Botanic Garden. As a mycologist, he carries out both applied and fundamental research on mushrooms and fungi in Belgium and tropical Africa.

Despite a growing awareness of the importance of ecosystem services provided by fungi, knowledge on the diversity of tropical fungi remains poor. André's taxonomic research mainly focuses on the study and description of species that are somehow useful or endangered. Morphological and phylogenetic characteristics are combined to obtain a stable taxonomy. Fungi are a mega-diverse group. As deforestation is a growing problem in Africa, his scientific interest focuses on fungi that live in symbiosis with trees (boletes, chanterelles, milk caps, amanita, russula, ...). In the field, his ethnomycological research has shown that most of these symbiotic fungi are also eaten by the local population. Partly thanks to external funding, he also supervises local PhD students in DR Congo and Bénin. Here, taxonomic knowledge is essential as it enables to better understand and compare ecosystem services provided by fungi and other organisms. This results in contributions in taxonomy, but also in ethnomycology and ecology.

From a more applied perspective, André also focuses on problematic fungi in buildings. Fungi are everywhere, and damp houses are a suitable environment for a whole range of wood fungi. Many of these species are difficult to identify. Because a number of these wood fungi (such as the True dry rot fungus) require specific and expensive treatment, correct identification is essential. Based on microscopic examination of samples, André determines the identity of the wood fungus and a correct control protocol can be implemented or a dispute can be solved.

André studied Biology at the University of Antwerp, taught secondary school for a while and obtained an aggregate at the Free University of Brussels. In January 1990, he started as an intern at Plantentuin Meise and worked in various projects on fungal diversity in Belgium. In 1992, he received a PhD scholarship for a study on the ecology and taxonomy of insect-parasitic fungi. In 1997 he obtained a PhD (University of Antwerp) and started working as a researcher in mycology at Plantentuin Meise. Get to know the projects and publication of André here. You can find more information about André and his research here.

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Flemish Research Discipline Standard

DisciplinesOn 9 April 2019, the FRIS Research Portal migrated from the FRIS research disciplines to the Flemish Research Discipline Standard. The Flemish Research Discipline Standard, developed by the Expert Centre for Research & Development Monitoring (ECOOM) and commissioned by the Flemish government, is a hierarchical and semantically enriched classification list for research disciplines. The Flemish Research Discipline Standard replaces the numerous research discipline classification lists that have been used in Flanders in the past years and is implemented as a standard by numerous users (FRIS, FWO, VLIR, ...) and stakeholders (universities, university colleges, research institutions, ...) in Flanders. The Flemish Research Discipline Standard is unique because it offers the most granular research discipline classification worldwide where every discipline is provided with a definition that semantically describes what is included in that particular discipline. Read more...


Searching fast and smart at the FRIS Research Portal

This video of VLAIO  (in Dutch) explains by three cases how to search fast and smart at the FRIS Research Portal.

Open data

Open data

Since long time the Flemish government has been a pioneer in Open Data and now, with FRIS, makes data from scientific research accessible to everyone. By making this data freely available, we resolutely opt for transparency, so that enterprises can realize economic added value. From now on, everyone can work freely with data about publicly funded research in Flanders. The 'open data' are available via the FRIS research portal and via open APIs. Extra description of the FRIS services can you find here. The FRIS-Vademecum (in Dutch) gives information about the FRIS data model, the used attributes and the business rules. In the FRIS Integration Guide you can find all information about the exchange format for data delivery to FRIS. It is mostly compliant with standard CERIF (version 1.5) because of interoperability, but differs in certain aspects. More questions? Feel free to contact us by our contact form.