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.

Join our WIQD Quarterly Event

Engaging Men as Allies to Women in the Workplace: Achieving Success Together!

24 November 2022

Want to join the discussion?

Join our Slack Channel to view and post announcements, and participate in discussions with other members. To join, please send an email to contact@wiqd.nl.

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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.

September 29, 2022

Inspiring Talks from the WIQD World: Margriet van der Heijden

We warmly invite you to join the monthly event “Inspiring Talks from the WIQD world”! On September 29th, we will welcome Margriet van der Heijden, a professor on science communication in physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Register here

Committees – Who we are

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

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

The WIQD organizing committee consists of:

  • Yvonne Smit (Chair; QuSoft/UvA)
  • Mathilde Lemang (Secretary; QphoX)
  • Judith Kreukels (Project Manager; UvA)
  • Garazi Muguruza (Network Officer; QuSoft / UvA)
  • Marieke Kootte (PR officer; TU Delft)
  • Vandana Dwarka (PR Officer; TU Delft)
  • Subhasree Patro (QuSoft/CWI)
  • Rima Schüssler (QuSoft/UvA)
  • Hana Jirovská (TU Delft/QuTech)
More about our committee members