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I started this blog when I was a PhD candidate at TU Delft in the Concrete Structures Section. The topic of my research was shear in reinforced concrete slabs under concentrated loads close to the support. The results of my series of large-scale experiments was used by the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Watermanagement to evaluate the existing slab bridges in the Netherlands. In June 2013, I received my PhD degree. Since then, I’ve been working as a part-time researcher for TU Delft. I return to Delft every summer for research. In 2019, I received tenure at TU Delft and have been working as a part-time tenured assistant professor from 2019 to 2024, when I got promoted to part-time associate professor.

Since November 2013, I’ve been working as an assistant professor in Ecuador. In those years, I was in charge of teaching the following undergraduate courses: Reinforced Concrete I, Reinforced Concrete II, Design of Pavements, Construction Materials Laboratory, and Structural Analysis I. Besides teaching, I supervised undergraduate thesis projects, carried out research in the field of structural concrete, and was responsible for the development of the Civil Engineering laboratories. I’ve received tenure at USFQ in 2016 when I got promoted to Full Professor with a focus on research. Since then, I have been teaching a maximum of one undergraduate course per semester. I teach the undergraduate courses on Reinforced Concrete II and Bridge Design, as well as graduate courses on Structural Reliability and Seismic Safety, and Design of Reinforced Concrete Bridges. I supervise a select number of undergraduate students who are interested in research.

I currently can be found in Quito (Ecuador), or Delft, the Netherlands. My hometown is Lier (Belgium).

I completed my engineering degree in civil engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with a thesis on buckling of reinforced concrete columns. Then, I went to Georgia Tech for an MS in structural engineering with a Fulbright scholarship and Belgian American Educational Foundation scholarship and did some additional research on punching shear in reinforced concrete slabs.

Besides reinforced concrete, I am interested in and blog about: the process of doing a PhD, the non-scientific skills you need during your PhD, academia in general, living abroad, and my travels. My daughter was born in 2017, which led me to explore (and write about) the combination of an academic career and parenting.

I’m also a former music reviewer at Darkview and used to be a staff writer for Grave Concerns Ezine , Gradhacker  and Lifehack. I’m involved (or have been involved) in several music projects ranging from historical music to klezmer as a vocalist and cello player.

I’ve created this blog with the vision that PhD Talk becomes the go-to online resource for researchers to learn the mechanics of doing research starting from their personality and strengths, so that they can perform at high levels without burning out. My mission is to provide researchers the tools they need to make this world a better place. I believe that researchers do their best work when they feel broadly supported, achieve more balance in their lives, and treat themselves with and are treated with compassion.

English is not my native language. I apologize for language errors in my posts. 


2006 – Waarom ingenieur studeren aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel

March 3, 2011 – Meet the Mathcad users: Eva Lantsoght, The Netherlands 

August 24, 2011 – Concrete Collapse (Delta)

February 22, 2012 – Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Highlights 

May 8, 2012 – Promovenda 2.0  // PhD Candidate 2.0

September 2012 – Prologue by Promood 

November 2012 – Civil Engineering and Geosciences News

March 2013 – Bloggen voor wetenschappers (Pandora, Universiteit Utrecht) 

March 2013 – Twitter op de TU (Delta) 

June 2013 – PhD awarded to “new-media PhD Candidate”

February 2014 – Interview with Amber Davis

February 2014 – Solid As Concrete: A Graduable Profile of Eva Lantsoght

April 2014 – Peoplegogy” Meet Dr. Eva Lantsoght 

July 2014 – LUSAS whisky winner at SMSB 2014

April 2015 – Times Higher Education: Aspiring Doctor Heal Thyself

May 2016 – TU Delta: Eva Lantsoght: ‘Bloggen doe ik ook voor mezelf’

February 2017 – Interview with Veronika Cheplygina: “How I Fail”.

January 2019 – Crossing Continents – Cherwell

September 2019 – 5 vragen aan Eva – Belgische in Ecuador

March 2020 – Nature Career Feature mention

June 2020 – Interview with NaturalScience.Careers

March 2021 – The joys of teaching a PhD Online on the eLearning Podcast

March 2021 – What to know about applying for a PhD in STEM – Accepted

April 2021 – Crear un blog y un podcast para ayudar a doctorandos. Entrevista a Eva Lantsoght, Universidad San Francisco de Quito – Investigando la investigación

April 2021 – Eva Lantsoght, Professor and Creator of PhD Talk – podcast interview with Betterism

April 2021 – Are You a Good Mom or Good Enough Mom: 101 Moms answer

April 2021 – WISECast Episode 16: The concrete details of PhD stress with engineering professor Dr. Eva Lantsoght

May 2021 – Big Rocks Productivity – Podcast episode with Teaching in Higher Education

May 2021 – How to be outstanding during your graduate research with Dr. Eva Lantsoght – Engineering our future

June 2021 – Dr. Eva Lantsoght on Compassion Based Teaching – Episode #128 of the Higher Ed Geek Podcast

June 2021 – Tips on preparing for PhD – Cheeky Academics podcast

June 2021 – The Civil Engineering Podcast Ep. 177: Civil Engineering Education and Ph.D. Programs in Civil Engineering

July 2021 – Powerful at work Ep 39: Knowing when to rework vs when to rebuild with Dr. Eva Lantsoght, Professor in Civil Engineering

July 2021 – Things to Consider Before Pursuing a PhD – Yellow Editor Podcast #11 – EssayEdge

July 2021 – E37 – Eva – Belgian Accent – Professor of Structural Engineering – Accented Podcast

July 2021 – Broaden your horizons in your engineering career

July 2021 – The Zack Ballinger show: Civil and Structural Engineering

November 2021 – E36 of the Parent Equation with Eva Lantsoght: professor, mum, and world traveller

April 2022 – My personal career story on AcademicTransfer – Assistant Professor

September 2022 – E67 of Adventures in Advising: Advising from a Distance

October 2022 – E122 – Effectiveness of doctoral defense preparation methods – Lost in Citations Podcast

January 2023 – Building an academic career on your own terms

April 2024 – Helpful PhD Tips and Advice with Dr. Eva Lantsoght

May 2024 – Academic Spotlight Interview with Professor Eva Lantsoght

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