FLAMES, Flanders’ Training Network for Methodology and Statistics


FLAMES is an inter-university training network rooted in the five Flemish universities: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ghent University, Hasselt University, University of Antwerp, KU Leuven – University of Leuven.


This network aims to support young researchers in their pursuit of best-in-class training in methodology and statistics by providing an overarching, structural, large and high-quality course offer for doctoral students and young empirical researchers. In addition, our courses are open to participants from outside academia. Flemish universities provide world class science and teaching and stand for high quality experiences. The overall goal is to strengthen research across the universities in a spirit of collaboration, while the participation of persons from the other sectors (among others public and private sector) can facilitate the interaction between the industry and the academic world. FLAMES seeks to optimize, intensify, and extend the methodological and statistical training currently offered by Flemish universities. It will develop training modules for complex and advanced statistical methods taught by experts, a series of seminars on qualitative methods, organize a yearly summer school, and deliver specialized workshops on demand.

Courses & seminars

Practical courses on statistical and methodological topics, throughout the year at all 5 Flemish universities, with different levels of difficulty.

Summer school

Two weeks of intensive courses on methodology and statistics for young researchers from all disciplines, a total of 20 modules.

Annual meeting

A one-day symposium on hot topics in the field of statistics and methodology with prominent speakers from academia, non-profit and industry, as well as policy makers.