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As part of the current edition of PhDrinks on April 26, the doctoral schools of UHasselt are organizing a keynote lecture by Leo Bormans on 'Happiness & happiness at work'.

Leo Bormans is a global Ambassador of Happiness & Quality of Life. He travels the world, talking to broad and diverse audiences, inspiring people with a message of hope and happiness. He has a Master’s degree in languages & philosophy and is Distinguished Lecturer in Happiness Research at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NL). He is the author of the international bestsellers The World Book of Happiness, The World Book of Love and The World Book of Hope. Each volume offers an overwhelming overview of the most recent international research on these topics, in a language that everybody understands. The World Book of Happiness has been offered to all world leaders by former European Chairman Herman Van Rompuy. Nobel Prize Winner Kofi Annan has written the introduction to The World Book of Hope.

A special point of interest is ‘happiness at work’. During his lecture, Leo Bormans will discuss questions like: How can we improve well-being in the job we do and the team we are part of? What are the most important conclusions of the world-wide research on hope, happiness and quality of life? What can we do to improve hope and happiness in our personal life, in our work, in education …? What are the real priorities in life? And what is the effect of ‘positive interventions’?

The fact that this lecture is part of PhDrinks has two implications: (1) There will be a reception afterwards! (2) Attending the lecture cannot be acknowledged in fulfilment of the doctoral school requirements. This is a general agreement between doctoral schools.

For whom?

  • Exceptionally, the lecture is open to everyone working at UHasselt.
  • The reception is only for UHasselt PhD students.


  • April 26, 2019
    • keynote lecture: 15:00-16:00
    • reception: 16:00-17:30


  • lecture: campus Diepenbeek, building D, auditorium H5
  • reception: campus Diepenbeek, building D, winter garden


  • Registration is closed.