GendeRace - Université Libre de Bruxelles
Université Libre de Bruxelles

   Consortium Partner N° 1 : Université Libre de BruxellesULB, Belgium, First co-ordinator


The Université Libre de Bruxelles ( ULB ) inaugurated its first academic year in November 1834. Today the ULB provides teaching in all main academic disciplines. The ULB has been involved in numerous international research and development programmes and cutting edge research projects. It was honoured by many awards, including three Nobel Prizes (Jules Bordet, Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1919; Albert Claude, Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1974; and Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1977). Each year, the ULB awards 150 doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees. Research is of paramount importance for the university and is intimately linked to the quality and relevance of its teaching. In recent years, the University has become one of the main research partners of the Commission of the European Communities. 


  The University is a leader in the biomedical field, where its excellence is evident in both fundamental and applied research, in fields such as the study of the brain, genetics, oncology, immunology, molecular biology and medical imaging. Equally, there are many internationally known historians, philologists and philosophers active at ULB. Moreover, the university plays a leading role in the field of economics, in particular in the areas of econometrics and industrial & applied economics. The work of the ULB's researchers in the fields of law, political science, constitutional law and European integration in particular, have been widely acknowledged. 
The University comprises off 7 Faculties and 10 Schools and Institutes. The Institute of Sociology, was founded by Ernest Solvay in 1894. The Institute gathers together more than 30 research centres and groups that pursue a research tradition embedded in three fundamental principles: synergy between basic and applied research, interdisciplinarity and close relationship to society. The Institute of Sociology is currently headed by Professor Nathalie ZACCAI-REYNERS.


   The Université Libre de Bruxelles will participate to the GENDERACE project through the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Gender and Migration (GEM – Genre et Migration) which has been created for developing research, teaching and methodology in a multidisciplinary and a feminist perspective, in combining three dimensions: gender, ethnicity and class. Since 2003, it develops studies on gender and ethnic discrimination, women migrants position on labour market, evaluation of the anti-discrimination law in ethnic basis in Europe in a gender perspective, professional careers in research and higher education of women from ethnic minorities, and on gender and cultural diversity. GEM is currently the coordinator of two FP6 European Union founding research projects financed by the European Union (2005-2006). The first one is “The use of Racial anti-discrimination Laws in Belgium: a gender perspective » (2005-2007); the second one is « Network on Ethnicity and Women Scientists » (2006-2007).