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VU Press Office

The press officers of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are the first point of contact for journalists. They coordinate the handling of incoming media requests and arrange all outgoing communications with the media. That includes, for instance, communication concerning scientific and policy information and more general communication. The press officers also advise academics and administrators on their contacts with the media.

Press officers

The press officers of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can be contacted by telephone at +31 (0)20 5985666 and by email at For urgent media inquiries, they are available outside office hours at +31 (0)6 52361519.
Since we are working from home we are more accessible during this period via our mobile number.

If you have any questions about a specific academic area, please contact one of the faculty press officers:

Finding the contact details of a staff member:
If you are looking for the contact details of a specific academic staff member or another university employee, you can visit our people page.

VU newsletter and press releases

A VU newsletter is published once every two weeks with science news and the PhD agenda. Journalists and other interested parties can sign up for the press list.

Photo and film recordings

Anyone who wants to photograph or film on the grounds of VU Amsterdam needs permission to do so. You request this with the following form. Request this permission at least one week before the desired date. If we receive your request for permission too late, please print the permission form so that you can indicate that you have permission for filming or photographing.

VU logo

All information about our logo you can find here.

PhD defense or inaugural lecture on the VU website

In order to place your PhD defense or inaugural lecture on the events calendar of the VU website, we need some information. The necessary information can be provided via the PhD defense form or inaugural lecture form. The VU Press Office will then examine whether your PhD research, inaugural lecture or farewell speech is sufficient reason to seek publicity. In that case, we will ask you for additional information. After that, in consultation with you, we will prepare a summary of the PhD research or the inaugural lecture for a lay audience, which we will publish on the VU website and in our newsletter for journalists. If we do not approach you for additional information, your PhD defense or inaugural lecture will only be mentioned in the events calendar on the VU website based on the input.