Press and Media Articles

Within the reporting period 33 press articles/news were published for broader public. Below is the list for the press activities of SHERO and some photos from the main press activities.

DateTitlePress nameWeb-link
30/06/2020Twee BiR&D Cross-Disciplinary PhD Thesis Awards voor VUB’ersDaily Science Brussels
01/07/2020Two VUB researchers win prestigious BiR&D AwardVrije Universiteit Brussel
18/06/2020PhD Awards 2020: Seppe TerrynBiR&D
30/07/2020Twee VUB-onderzoekers winnen prestigieuze BiRD-AwardBruzz
01/07/2020robot zweet om af te koelenEOS 
02/09/202016 wetenschappers zijn geselecteerd voor de Vlaamse PhD CupVRT
08/09/2020The Rise Of Self-Healing Robots: Making War Casualties A Thing Of The PastBBN Times 
04/09/2020Robotica-ingenieur Seppe: “Ik maak robots van zelfhelend materiaal. Ze leven dus langer”Gazet Van Antwerpen
10/09/2020Wordt corona de broedplaats voor massale robotisering?Kwaliteit in Bedrijjf 
15/09/2020Zwaar beschadigde robot geneest vanzelfEOS
23/09/2020Dit zijn de acht finalisten van de Vlaamse PhD Cup: Seppe TerrynEOS
30/09/2020Bonheidenaar Seppe (29) staat in finale van PhD Cup met zelfherstellende robotHet Nieuwsblad
29/10/2020BruboticsKanaal Z
19/11/2020Robots will soon be able to reattach their own severed fingerInovation Origins
19/11/2020Robot plakt een doorgesneden vinger er straks zelf weer aanInovation Origins
20/11/2020Dit zijn de 5 finalisten van de Wetenschapsbattle 2020Wetenschapsbattle
11/12/2020Wordt Corona de broedplaats voor massale robotisering?Kunstof Magazine
01/02/2021Animate MaterialsThe Royal Society: perspective
26/06/2021Soapbox Science 2021 BrusselsSoapbox Science
Spring 2021Machine learning to help develop self-healing robots that ‘feel pain’UCAM Department of Engineering Newsletter
01/02/2021Animate materialsRoyal Society report
06/05/2021Self healing soft robots in actionFetFX
11/10/2021Self healing robots are ushering in a new era in roboticsAnalytics insights
22/10/2021Self Healing Robots – New Generation of RoboticsAnalytic Steps
24/10/2021Self Healing Robots: Technology of 21st centuryLearnerstake
08/01/2021Brubotics-VUB SMART and SHERO team wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy 2021IEEE Spectrum Video Friday
01/06/2020Met zachte handMens en Moleccule 
11/08/2021SHERO: a European consortium to develop soft robotsESPCI Paris website
17/05/2022soft self healing robotsATV 
14/06/2022Kunnen we voor de zorgsector robot Baymax bouwen?DataNews
14/06/2022Pourrions-nous construire le robot Baymax?DataNews
07/01/2022Your Smartphone Might Soon Be Able to Repair ItselfLifewire
3D Printable Sensorized Soft Gelatin Hydrogel for Multi-Material Soft Structures
Self-healing ionic gelatin/glycerol hydrogels for strain sensing applications
Learning-Based Damage Recovery for Healable Soft Electronic Skins
Self-healing robot developed by Cambridge University engineers
Robotica-ingenieur Seppe: “Ik maak robots van zelfhelend materiaal.
Ze leven dus langer”
Homo Roboticus by Bram Vanderborght from Brubotics-VUB in Kinshasa on making robots more sustainable using waste stream, recycling and healable materials with invited artist Danniel Toya
Fatma Demir giving a public talk about “Soft robots vs Hard Robots” at the “I Love Science Festival 2022-Brussels”.


No 1 
Type of activity NCTAM award 
Contributor(s) Seppe Terryn 
Partner(s) VUB 
Title Thesis award application: Investigation of self-healing actuators for robotics 
Date 20-Feb-20 
Type of audience online 
Place Brussels 
Size of audience   
Countries addressed World 
Type of activity BiR&D Award 
Contributor(s) Seppe Terryn 
Partner(s) VUB 
Title BiR&D award 2020 for Thesis: Investigation of self-healing actuators for robotics 
Date 7-Apr-20 
Type of audience online 
Place Belgium 
Size of audience   
Countries addressed Belgium 
PhD Awards 2020: Seppe Terryn
Type of activity Nagamori award winner 
contributor(s) Bram Vanderborght 
Partner(s) VUB 
Title For his groundbreaking work on compliant and self healing actuators for safe and energy efficient human-robot interaction with applications in health and manufacturing 
Date 8-Sep-19 
Type of audience Industry-worldwide 
Place Kyoto, Japan 
Size of audience 150 
Countries addressed Japan, world 
Type of activity Best Poster Award
Contributor(s)Ellen Roels
Partner(s) VUB
Title Self-healing Soft Robots
Date 17-Dec-2021
Type of audience Industry, online-worldwide
Place Cambridge, UK
Size of audience100
Countries addressed Worldwide
Type of activity Falling Walls Foundation:
The Science Breakthroughs Award
Contributor(s)Bram Vanderborght 
Partner(s) VUB
Title Finalist for the Falling Walls: Science Breakthroughs of Year 2021 in Engineering and Technology
Date 07-Nov-2021
Type of audience Industry-worldwide
Size of audienceOnline, worldwide
Countries addressed Worldwide
Type of activity Best Scientific Presentation Award
Contributor(s)Ellen Roels
Partner(s) VUB
Title Finalist Science Battle
Date 24-Nov-2020
Type of audienceSchool children
Place Technopolis, Mechelen
Size of audienceLife-steamed to schools
Countries addressed Belgium
Type of activityResearch presentation
Contributor(s)Jakob Langenbach
Partner(s) ESPCI
TitleNominee of PhD prize from the French Society of Plastics Industries (SFIP)
Date 06-Dec-2022
Type of audience Plastic Industry, EU-wide 
Place Paris, France
Size of audience1,500 member firms, representing around 75% of French plastics companies.
Countries addressedEU Countries, France

Website and Social Media Metrics

The SHERO website ( has been actively used to disseminate projects goals, progress, media articles and publications. The site is regularly maintained with live access to the SHERO twitter feed. The website visitors’ statistics is shown below:

Twitter account of the SHERO was actively used to disseminate the project outputs regularly. Till the start of the project over 300 tweets were posted from the official account which has 196 followers and 157 following accounts: