The Francqui Foundation aims at “furthering the development of higher education and scientific research in Belgium". On the proposal of Universities, the Foundation grants each year a number of “Francqui Chairs” for inviting a Professor from another Belgian University to provide 10 h of specialized teaching. Prof. Cédric Blanpain, WELBIO investigator at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Director of the Laboratory Stem Cell and Cancer, will be holding the Collen - Francqui Chair 2018-2019 at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The inaugural lecture will take place on 22 February 2019. It will focus on Mechanisms regulating pluripotent stem cells.