This session is part of the PhD seminar series “Re-worlding” art and design research.
MAD-Research (PXL-MAD and UHasselt) and ArcK (UHasselt)


The purpose of the seminar is threefold. Firstly, the seminar addresses how to link (or not to link) autonomous artistic and design research to private and public institutional frameworks in order to generate research results with a strong impact on society. Secondly, it creates awareness about intellectual property rights (“IP”), and in particular IP at UHasselt. Lastly, it tackles different types of dissemination and exploitation in art and design research, duly taking into account the interests of all parties involved: the PhD student, the promoter, and on a larger scale the university and also the society as a whole.

4 sessions are hence to be distinguished:

  • Session 1: Lunch session (12:00-13:30)
  • Break (13:30-14:00)
  • Session 2: The protection of works of (applied) arts under copyright law (14:00-14:45)
  • Session 3: IP at UHasselt and ARK (14:45-15:15)
  • Break (15:15-15:30)
  • Session 4: Dissemination and exploitation of research results (15:30-17:00)

SESSION 1: Lunch session - 12:00-13:30

This session is focused on how to link (or not link) autonomous artistic and design research to private and public institutional frameworks that can enable the research to contribute to benefits for society, possibly with the realisation of an organisation, a product, a company, a lab etc. It raises questions on how design and artistic researchers can enhance their capabilities to develop a diversity of modes to interact with existing networks, translate abstract ambitions in concrete steps and projects (short and long-term actions), hand over the experience and insights of their action research back to their partner organisations etc.

Anne Marie Kanstrup and Maurizio Teli are Professors at the Department of Planning in the research group Techno-Anthropology & Participation at Aalborg University.

Louis Volont is a sociologist whose work clusters around the “three C’s” of Culture, Commons and Cities. Overall, he investigates whether commoning constitutes a valuable antidote against the marketization of art and culture in urban contexts. He holds a PhD from the University of Antwerp, entitled Shapeshifting: The Cultural Production of Common Space. Louis is a member of the Culture Commons Quest Office (BE) and teaches at the University of Groningen (NL). Before entering the academic sphere, he worked as an independent researcher within a Belgian artists’ cooperative (Société Mutuelle pour les Artistes - SMart) on the theme of sustainable creativity. One future path of research can be found in the ‘constituent museum’: what happens when top-down institutions put horizontality at the centre of their operation?
Yanki Lee: Design researcher, educator and cofounder of Enable Foundation, Dr Lee received her MA in Architecture from the Royal College of Art (RCA) and a PhD in design participation from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was awarded Fellow of the Royal College of Art and UK-China Fellowship of Excellence for her works in crossdisciplinarity and transculturality. Since 2017, Enable Foundation, a social design collective and education charity receive major funding from HKSAR Government’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development (SIE) Fund to pioneer innovative cross-generational and transdisciplinary programmes through design researches and actions.

Break - 13:30 - 14:00

SESSION 2: The protection of works of (applied) arts under copyright law - 14:00-14:45

As a researcher, you (rightly) focus first and foremost on the academic and societal value of your research results. But did you know that many research results are protected by intellectual property rights? And are you aware of the advantages that such intellectual property rights entail, such as the legal monopoly that they create? During this session, a basic introduction in intellectual property rights is given, with a particular focus on copyright.

Speaker: Tobias Van Royen, Universiteit Antwerpen & Cultuurloket.

SESSION 3: IP at UHasselt and ARK - 14:45-15:15

This session specifically focuses on the IP policy of the UHasselt and ARK. It clarifies who owns the IP on your research results, and what to do prior to publication or exploitation of your results.

Speaker: Lien Geunis from the Tech Transfer Office.

Break - 15:15 - 15:30

SESSION 4: Dissemination and exploitation of research results - 15:30-17:00

This final session addresses several forms of dissemination and exploitation of academic output. In which circumstances is it advisable to disseminate your research results on an open access platform? What exactly is the value of “creative commons”? And why does the university sometimes decide to create a spin-off company? Cases which show great societal impact are clarified in detail.

Very important in this respect is to duly take into account the interests of all the parties at stake: starting with you - as the creator/author - but also your promotor, and on a larger scale the university and the society as a whole. An interactive brainstorm is set up to facilitate a common framework between all parties involved with regard to your PhD research.

Speaker: Lieve Weytjens, business developer for ARK.

Learning outcomes

After having attended this seminar, you will ...

  • have basic insights in private and public institutional frameworks,
  • have basic insights in IP and the IP policy at UHasselt,
  • have basic insights in different types of dissemination and exploitation in art and design research,
  • be able to have a conversation with your supervisor to make specific agreements regarding IP and follow-up of your PhD

Practical note: Prior to this session, you will be asked to fill in a brief Google Form with some questions about your research topic, current knowledge of IP and view on dissemination/exploitation of your research results. More information on this will follow soon.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In this seminar, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • academic research competences:
    • valorisation
    • subject knowledge
  • personal effectiveness:
    • self-development
  • interpersonal competences:
    • oral communication
    • written communication


For whom?

  • PhD students and other researchers from the Faculty of Architecture and Arts
  • Researchers from other institutions who like to participate are always kindly asked to first contact the coordinators by email ( -

When and where?

  • March 3, 2021 - 12:00-17:00
  • This course will be organized digitally


  • Registration closed since February 23, 2021
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • category 'IP, valorisation & science communication'