Brussels, 15 September 2022 - The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has appointed Nathalie Vlaemynck as its new spokesperson. She succeeds Sicco Wittermans, who is taking up a new challenge within the VUB Communications team as editor external communications and news. VUB warmly thanks Sicco for his years of dedication and wishes him every success in his new position.
Nathalie Vlaemynck has worked in various communication functions at SNCB Europe and Lantis, gaining valuable experience in digital communications, copywriting and social media management. In 2020, she returned to her alma mater, VUB, where she started working as a communications officer. As of today, she
is the university’s spokesperson.
Strengthened press operation
In addition to a new spokesperson, VUB’s Press and PR team has been reinforced by senior advisor corporate communications and rector communications Peter Van Rompaey and by Frans Steenhoudt. An archaeologist with a passion for science, combined with years of experience as a journalist, Frans takes charge of press communications relating to science and research. He will work with Lies Feron, a permanent member of the press team. Sam Jaspers (not in the group photo)
supports the press team as press relations officer.
The Press and PR team is part of the VUB Marketing and Communication
Ann Van Driessche, director of marketing and communications,
head of the Press and PR department and manager of crisis
communications: "We are underpinning our mission as an urban engaged university, the strong growth of the university and the internationalisation of VUB in the context of EUTOPIA and scientific research with a strengthened and complementary team of communication experts in both traditional and digital media. I thank Sicco Wittermans for his valuable contribution to the press operation and wish him, Nathalie, Lies, Frans, Peter and Sam every success."
Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. By providing excellent research and education on a human scale, VUB wants to make an active and committed contribution to a better society.
The World Needs You
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel assumes its scientific and social responsibility with love and decisiveness. That’s why VUB launched the platform De Wereld Heeft Je Nodig - The World Needs You, which brings together ideas, actions and projects based on six Ps. The first P stands for People , because that’s what it’s all about: giving people equal opportunities, prosperity, welfare, respect. Peace is about fighting injustice, big and small, in the world. Prosperity combats poverty and inequality. Planet stands for actions on biodiversity, climate, air quality, animal rights... With Partnership , VUB is looking for joint actions to make the world a better place. The sixth and last P is for Poincaré , the French philosopher Henri Poincaré, from whom VUB derives its motto that thinking should submit to nothing except the facts themselves. VUB is an ’urban engaged university’, strongly anchored in Brussels and Europe and working according to the principles of free research.