Belgian Scientists in Space Professions
Amandine Denis is a research engineer at Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics. After graduating from the University of Liège in 2007 (as a physics engineer), she has been working on several nanosatellite projects: OUFTI-1 CubeSat (ULiège), QB50 constellation (VKI), QARMAN reentry CubeSat (VKI)… and hopefully many more to come!
Biotechnology in Space
Dr. Ir. Natalie Leys, is a scientific researcher at the Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK CEN, where she is heading the Microbiology research unit and coordinating the Space Life Science research program. She is bio-engineer, radiation microbiologist and space researcher. She investigates the biological impact of ionizing radiation, and the role of microbes, in nuclear installations and nuclear waste storage facilities, in the soil and environment, in the human body and health, and in space missions.
MARIE VAN DE SANDE
Dr. Marie Van de Sande is a postdoctoral fellow of the FWO at KU Leuven. She studies molecules and dust around evolved stars, and tries to figure out how they fit into the life cycle of matter in the galaxy.
ANGELIQUE VAN OMBERGEN
Research on Humans in Space
Dr. Angelique Van Ombergen graduated with a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 2017. She continued her research on spaceflight-induced brain changes during a postdoc and is currently still affiliated at the University of Antwerp as visiting professor. She joined the European Space Agency in 2019 as Science Coordinator for Human Research. She is currently coordinating ESA’s human research activities, such as biomedical research on the ISS, as well as on the ground-based platforms, such as bedrest, dry immersion, Concordia station on Antarctica, etc.
A national consortium to bring STEM to schools through the space context.
Supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and The Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO).