Flanders' Training Network for Methodology and Statistics (FLAMES) is an inter-university training network rooted in the five Flemish universities:
- Free University of Brussels - VUB
- Ghent University
- Hasselt University
- University of Antwerp
- KU Leuven - University of Leuven
This network aims to support young researchers in their pursuit of best-in-class training in methodology and statistics by providing an overarching, structural, large and high quality course offer for doctoral students and young empirical researchers. Flemish universities provide world class science and teaching and stand for high quality experiences. The overall goal is to strengthen research across the universities in a spirit of collaboration. FLAMES seeks to optimize, intensify, and extend the methodological and statistical training currently offered by Flemish universities and bring existing training to new audiences. It will develop training modules for complex and advanced statistical methods taught by experts, a series of seminars on qualitative methods, organize a yearly summer school, and deliver specialized workshops on demand.
The FLAMES initiative originated in 2013 thanks to the financial support of the Pact 2020 ('Vlaanderen in Actie', translated: Flanders in action) and the Flemish Minister of Innovation Ingrid Lieten.