Pilot, Scientist and Commercial Astronaut Trainer with inspiring and fascinating stories about aviation, space and astronomy
There are amazing women, and there are extraordinary women.
And that’s the least you can say about Nancy Vermeulen ...
When she was six years old, she tinkered together a telescope with magnifying glasses. When she was fifteen, she already guided tours at the observatory Urania in Hove, Belgium.
No wonder she became an astronomer. In order to have an opportunity to become an astronaut at the ESA (European Space Agency) she has become an airline pilot. She even flew with an Airbus 300 cargo plane to Baghdad during the Iraq war.
When things started to go down in aviation, she returned to science. She became a researcher at the Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands) and at the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) of Belgium where she contributed in the development of a new instrument to measure climate change. But flying remained her passion. During her off time she trained new pilots as a flight instructor and flew aerobatic flights.
In 2008 she took part in the astronaut selections of ESA, only one in ten participants was a woman.
In 2009 Nancy organized a "Zero Gravity Flight" for the Belgian national TV. She brought the different parties together (VRT, TU Delft), streamlined their programs and coached the participants during the event.
In 2010 she was Chief Organizer and Commander of the Mars Simulation Mission “MDRS90” in Utah, U.S.A.
Nancy’s passion for aero- and astronautics brought her into personal contact with one of the greatest pioneers of the commercial space industry, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson.
Nancy specialized as a flight instructor for professional pilots, flew private jets and became an independent specialist in “Space Training”.
Nancy Vermeulen would like to share her scientific knowledge and experience with the public at large. And she does that in a very accessible and professional manner. It is with good reason that Nancy Vermeulen is a highly sought after international speaker.
Nancy’s "THE SKY IS NOT YOUR LIMIT"
lecture inspires young and old to go all out to fulfil their dreams and to keep believing in their own abilities.
"TO MARS OR NOT TO MARS, THAT IS THE QUESTION ..." is about space travel. Nancy already experienced the most significant challenges during her Mars simulation in the Utah desert.
Nancy’s "THE FUTURE IS YOURS" lecture encourages you and your guests to think outside the box to find solutions in a rapidly changing world. We live in a world of technological advancement and that brings challenges for us all.
During the lecture "THE UNIVERSE AND THE HISTORICAL QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE TRUTH" Nancy Vermeulen shows how humanity’s worldview has changed throughout history and which great socio-economic consequences this entailed.
Lectures can be combined with a lunch. In addition to lectures, Nancy delivers workshops and "Zero Gravity Flights".
Thanks to her scientific expertise and practical experience, she is also an excellent moderator and media commentator.