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Linda Van Dessel, professor at the Antwerp Maritime Academy, successfully defended her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Confidence in the use of nautical instruments: risk analysis’.
She becomes the fourth Doctor in Nautical Sciences, after dr. Kris De Baere (2011), dr. Rowan Van Schaeren (2012) and dr. Helen Verstraelen (2013).
Only in 2006 Nautical Sciences became a separate field of study, allowing obtaining a PhD in it.
As PhD’s are awarded by universities, our Academy and the Antwerp University created a special joint faculty for this purpose.