Women in Quantum Development

WIQD (pronounced “wicked”) is a professional network for quantum technology enthusiasts from industry, academia and policy.

Our mission is to bring together women in quantum in the Netherlands, and beyond, for support, networking, and community growth.

Save the date:

June 24, 2021

Inspiring Talks from the WIQD World

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A network of women in quantum

We started WIQD to address a simple problem: there are not very many women in the field of quantum computing. Unfortunately, we believe that this condition is somewhat self-sustaining.

With few or no women role models, it may be difficult for some women to imagine themselves in a long-term career in quantum computing.

On the flip side, a support network of women peers could have a positive impact on the retention of women in the field, but for many women from smaller groups, there are few opportunities to form such a network.

Organizing events

In order to achieve our mission, we plan to organize events multiple times per year. These events should be:

Useful: We’re all busy, so let’s take the opportunity to discuss science when we meet.

Interactive: There will always be a networking component to our events to foster new connections.

Inspiring: We will seek to organize events with people from different career stages, including as diverse as possible role models, with built-in opportunities to inspire one another.

Until it becomes safe to organize live events again, we are making the WIQD community virtual. Check out our Mentoring Program and Mentoring Program Kick-off Event, or email jeffery@cwi.nl to request to join our Slack Channel to participate in discussions with the WIQD community.

November 23, 2020

WIQD mentoring program

We have kicked off the mentoring program with a virtual event on Monday November 23. The event was a great success and featured a brief introduction to the mentoring program as well as speed networking sessions.

Although applications are closed, please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding the WIQD mentoring program.

Information on Mentoring program

Committees – Who we are

The WIQD steering committee consists of (in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Jaya Baloo (Avast)
  • Julia Cramer (co-chair; Leiden University)
  • Freeke Heijman (TU Delft)
  • Stacey Jeffery (co-chair; CWI & QuSoft)
  • Victor Land (QuSoft)
  • Tanja Lange (TU/e)
  • Karin Poels (Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties)
  • Barbara Terhal (QuTech/EEMCS Dept TU Delft and FZ Juelich)
  • Stephanie Wehner (QuTech)

The WIQD organizing committee consists of (in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Vandana Dwarka (TU Delft)
  • Marieke Kootte (TU Delft)
  • Mathilde Lemang (QuTech)
  • Aletta Meinsma (Leiden University/QuTech)
  • Subhasree Patro (QuSoft/CWI)
  • Floor van Riggelen (QuTech)
  • Yvonne Smit (chair; QuSoft/UvA)
  • Jana Sotáková (QuSoft/UvA)
More about our committee members