From now on you will also find current research information from VIB on the FRIS Research Portal!

The Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) is the first strategic research center that provides research information to the FRIS Research Portal* in an automated manner. This is the fruit of intensive collaboration between VIB employees and the EWI Department. Because the information now flows directly, you can consult the most current data via FRIS: no fewer than 1,458 researchers, 153 organizations, 452 projects, 4,853 publications and 274 patents. Of course, this is just a start. These numbers will increase considerably in the future. “This smooth automation is partly due to VIB's mature data warehouse with existing metadata at various levels. In this way, VIB wishes to contribute to the Open Science mission of the Flemish Government and Europe,” says VIB.

Researcher in the spotlight

Prof. Dr. Emilie A. Caspar

is an Associate Professor at Ghent University (Belgium). After a master degree in neuropsychology and cognitive psychology and a certificate in forensic sciences and psychiatry, she realized a PhD in social and cognitive neurosciences at the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) with Axel Cleeremans. She stayed at University College London (UK) during one year and a half in the lab of Patrick Haggard and obtained a Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship to realize a 2-years postdoc at the Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences (NL) with Christian Keysers and Valeria Gazzola.


Emilie Caspar developed her main expertise on themes related to obedience to authority: How obedience to an authority changes individual cognition? Why obeying orders impacts moral behaviors? What neuro-cognitive mechanisms play a role in preventing individuals from complying with immoral orders? When approaching those themes, I started working with NGO and non-academics institutions and she started to understand that restricting herself to the WEIRDs will not give a global overview of the societal impact of my research. Thus she started to initiate scientific projects in countries and populations that are never or barely not approached by neuroscientists, such as inmates, military or perpetrators and survivors of a genocide.


She also works as a scientific consultant to offer her expertise in behavioral neuroscience for humanitarian and societal projects (Be Brain Consultancy). Prof. Dr. Caspar uses methods from psychology and neuroscience in order to develop efficient tools to prevent blind obedience and promote peace-building.

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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...


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.