The freedom to carry out research

 For several years now, knowledge is recognised as a key issue for our societies. Knowledge creation and its dissemination have become major assets of competitiveness and growth both on an economic and a social level.
At the very heart of this issue, for the last 85 years the F.R.S.-FNRS has played an essential role in conquering the future. “Disinterested” research can only be carried out in a climate of intellectual freedom. This freedom to carry out research is the very essence of my activities within the F.R.S.-FNRS. It’s an investment for the future.


We have the obligation to contribute to the development of a competitive knowledge society by supporting researchers and their initiatives and by disseminating scientific research.

Interviews and opinions

  1. LHC « saison 2 » : cap sur la nouvelle physique. Daily Science, 3 April 2015. Link
  2. A third of researchers are pioneering researchers. L’Echo, 8 March 2014
  3. 3 questions for Véronique Halloin. L’Echo, 9 October 2013 
  4. Project researcher. Véronique Halloin has been Secretary-General of the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) for almost five years now, an important step in a career which has been devoted to teaching and research. Trends, People parcours, August 2013
  5. Collaborating in the French-speaking world. Nature Jobs, March 2011. Link
  6. Professor Véronique Halloin, Secretary-General of F.R.S.-FNRS, provides an insightful overview of the funding agency, which serves research programmes in the French-speaking community of Belgium. Research Media Ltd - August 2011. Link
  7. Reform of the F.R.S.- FNRS: what consequences for the career of female researchers ? Objectif recherche (edition on gender in research), March 2012
  8. Research, grey matter, is under-financed. La Libre Belgique, 22 November 2010. Link
  9. Preconceptions about women in research. Lobby, July 2009. Link