VIB employees tell their story

Hilde Govaert

personal assistant
VIB Department of Molecular and Developmental Genetics, K.U.Leuven (since 2005)

I have been at VIB for five years now and witnessed huge changes in personnel.

This more diverse, international work environment has also changed my job. Many newcomers need advice about finding suitable accommodations. Increasingly they are also coming to Flanders with their young families and they have questions about childcare, schooling, healthcare...  As a young mother living in Leuven, this is right up my alley!

Jens De Vos
Ph.D. student
VIB Department of Molecular and Cellular Interactions, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (since October 2010)

A year ago in October, I heard at the new@VIB session for the first time about the VIB Research Training Course Program (VRTC). I am definitely planning to take some of the courses. The more experience I can gain during my doctorate, the better. If the opportunity arises, I would also like to do part of my doctoral research abroad!

Albena Jordanova
group leader
VIB Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Antwerp (since 2007)

I was especially attracted to VIB’s structure, which is to a certain extent similar to that of e.g. the Max Planck Institute. VIB science covers a large range of research areas spread over a number of departments that are in fairly close geographic proximity to each other. Interdepartmental collaboration led to a scientific breakthrough for me.

My international research team reflects a variety of cultures, scientific backgrounds and different approaches.  I really recommend the VIB coaching program. It helped me to understand the different reactions from people to the same question, but at the same time I also learned a lot about myself.

Gert Van Isterdael
VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent (since 2003)

For my internship I was given a choice of three placements, including a project at VIB. That is how I landed in the world of plant biotechnology – a choice I have not regretted since.

In the seven years I have been with VIB, I have never missed the annual VIB seminar. I like looking beyond the boundaries of plant research and find out what is cooking in the other VIB departments. And, of course, the social aspects of the seminar definitely have their charms!

Nathalie Strybol
administrative assistant
VIB Headquarters (since 1997)

I started working as receptionist at VIB Headquarters in 1997. Since then, VIB has expanded from 760 employees to 1,200. This growth brought new responsibilities with it. So I transferred to Technology Transfer in 2005. By now we have grown into a team of 16 young people with various functions but working towards the same goal: translating VIB research into practical applications.

In recent years, VIB has gone increasingly public with its research. It feels good to be part of an institution that is world famous.
Hilde Govaert​ ​Jens De Vos
Albena Jordanova ​Gert Van Isterdael
Nathalie Strybol