Peter Lievens

Peter Lievens is Professor of Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, KU Leuven, Belgium. After his PhD at KU Leuven in nuclear physics (1991) he was Fellow at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland before returning to Belgium in 1993 to switch research topics towards nanoscience and experimental quantum physics as Postdoctoral Researcher of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). He obtained tenure in 2001 as Research Professor and is Full Professor at KU Leuven since 2007. The focus of his work is on investigations of physical and chemical properties of atomic clusters and nanoparticles. In 2008 he became Vice Dean for Education of the Faculty of Science, where he got elected as Dean, taking office from 2009 until 2017. Since August 2017 he is Vice Rector at KU Leuven, currently responsible for International Policy, Interculturality and Alumni Policy. Peter Lievens was and still is strongly involved in teaching and learning projects. As university teacher and later on as Dean he was responsible for several projects dealing with activating working styles including peer instruction, curriculum innovation and interactive class rooms. As Vice Rector he currently is coordinator of the EU KA2 Erasmus+ project on the European University Initiative, supporting the Una Europa alliance of eleven research universities.