Sarah Heynssens is a scientific collaborator at the History Department at Ghent University. Previously she worked as a researcher for the CEGESOMA (2010-2012) and Antwerp University (2013-2014) on the project “Kinderen van Save. Gestolen of Gered?”, for the Antwerp Fashion Museum (“50 Jaar Modeacademie Antwerpen!”) and the State Archives (2015-2018) on the BRAIN-Belspo project ‘Outcast or Embraced? Clusters of Foreign Immigrants in Belgium, c. 1840-1890’ where she created the IMMIBEL-database. She built up expertise in a variety of domains going from colonial history, history of adoption practices, migration history and data-management. Currently, she works for the Quetelet Center for Quantitative Historical Research, an interfaculty and interdisciplinary service centre that offers advice and expertise on the use of historical data.