Marleen Wynants (1958) is an independent journalist, publicist and consultant. She obtained a master in Germanic Philology and a master on Audio-Visual Communications from the University of Leuven and started working as music producer and content researcher for the official Belgian Radio and Television in its pre-commercial stage.
While continuing as a free lance journalist on art and music, she was the editor of the post-punt magazine Fabiola, leaving the scene in 1988, the year that Hillel Slovak, Chet Baker, Divine, Sylvester and Roy Orbison died. She started publishing for some major media groups in Belgium amongst which HHD Ogilvy, Grey International, Roularta, De Morgen, De Standaardgroep, Financieel Economische Tijd, De Persgroep and Best of Publishing. The birth of her two daughters and the breakthrough of the internet and ICT reoriented her focus. From 2001 she published books for children, produced educational workshops on creativity and technology and wrote a large number of articles and columns on ICT, on interdisciplinary science projects and on the people behind them. She collaborated for Janus Magazine since 2000 and HART since 2006.
At present she is the director of CROSSTALKS, the interdisciplinary platform of VUB, linking academic and corporate research to art, architecture and design with an eye on innovative insights for future challenges. Since 2003 CROSSTALKS has a unique position in disseminating its format and developing projects, brainstorms and publications on Early Warnings, the Future of Medication, e-Payments, Interfaces, Energy Efficiency, Water, Transparency in Healthcare and Ecology. CROSSTALKS was the launching partner for the Pecha Kucha Nights in Brussels in 2007, an initiative by Alok Nandi (Architempo).
Communication and Events Manager CROSSTALKS
Goedele Nuyttens (1977) obtained an MA in Germanic languages at Ghent University before she began working as an editorial assistant at Snoeck Publishers producing art books and exhibition catalogues. She later became commissioning editor at Academic & Scientific Publishers and VUBPRESS.
Today she is using her organizational skills as communication and event manager at Crosstalks.