Tinne Smets was born on May 8, 1980. At the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, she obtained a Masters degree in Communication Sciences and a Candidates degree in Law. In 2006, she started working at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as a researcher at the End-of-Life Care Research Group, Department of Medical Sociology, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy. There she conducted her PhD research as part of a larger research project funded by the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology Flanders. Tinne is today working as a senior researcher at the End-of-Life Care Research Group.