Doing research during a pandemic: learning from practice – ONLINE

Doing research during a pandemic: learning from practice – ONLINE

  • 18/12/2020
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Course details

methodology seminar | level: beginner | register now
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affiliation: KU Leuven


The Covid-19 pandemic has called attention to new as well as existing challenges in relation to doing research. Restrictions of movement, social distancing, teleworking, and lockdowns have severely impacted our methodological practices. It has also invited us to reflect about the role qualitative and quantitative research methods can/should play to address this global crisis.
In this online colloquium, researchers will share their thoughts and first-hand experiences of doing research in these uncertain times. The talks will be about challenges, creative adaptations to existing methods, reframing of research and the use of new technologies to continue academic work.

09:00 - 09:40: “Data Analysis in the Time of Corona: Experiences from the Big Corona Study”
(Prof. Dr. Thomas Neyens, KU Leuven - L-BioStat & Universiteit Hasselt, CenStat)

09:40 - 09:55: “PeerHD: a peer-mentoring group for young researchers”
(Ana Barbosa Mendes, Marta Fedele, Naina Goel, Klest Dedja)

10:00-10:40: “Pandemic proof methods: a qualitative research perspective”
(Prof. Dr. Karin Hannes, KU Leuven, Faculty of Social Sciences, Research group SoMeTHin'K)

10:45-11:00 PhD society : "The importance of PhD and Postdoc communities during times of social distancing." (Mathias Schroijen)

11:00-13:00: PhD talks – Challenges and opportunities for doing academic research during Covid-19

• “Research with human participants: when uncertainty dictates your (PhD) plans” (Marta Fedele, KU Leuven)
• "Why did I opt for not fielding the last survey of my PhD in the middle of the covid-19 crisis?" (Lala Muradova, KU Leuven)
• “Big Bird, a general practitioner-led trial in 2020” (Kristien Coteur, KU Leuven)
• “Quality over Quantity: How Lockdown taught me academic patience” (Dalia Al Otti, KU Leuven)
• "What (not) to do when working from home" (Joris van Houtven, UHasselt)
• “FLAMES: what we offer for researchers” (Cristina Cametti & Sara Coemans, FLAMES coordinators at KU Leuven)
• Final Q&A with the pitch speakers.

The pitch “Living pracademia: When academia pushed pause the activist pushed play” by Lynn Hendricks was unfortunately cancelled.


The colloquium will be delivered ONLINE.

Background readings


Free of charge




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