Annual WIQD Symposium: “Defying Gravity”

Defying Gravity is the signature song in the Wicked Musical. It’s Elphaba’s response the model of a perfect society with only perfect beings. She is tired of being judged for her looks and trying to fit in, rather than being valued for her enlightened way of thinking and her talents. That’s why WIQD is organising its first Annual Symposium: Defying Gravity on May 3, 2022. 

This event will feature keynote female speakers from business and academia – and inspiring workshops for everyone who is interested in quantum, diversity, female empowerment and self growth.

Date: Tuesday May 3, 2022 (10:30 – 18:30h)

Location: OBA (Amsterdam Public Library), Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam

10.00-10.30 Doors open and registration
10.30 Official start

Keynote 1: Prof. Barbara Terhal (Professor at QuTech)
Keynote 2: Eleni Diamanti (Research Director at French National Centre for Scientific Research)
Keynote 3: Floor van de Pavert (former CEO/Co-Founder Single Quantum & CEO/Owner SuperBra BV)
Keynote 4: Emma Lok (Director Strategy & Communication at Women Inc.)


  • Spoken storytelling
  • A roadmap to the career you love
  • Online networking workshop
  • A holistic moving experience
  • Inclusive language & stereotyping

17:30-18:30 Drinks, bites and networking

The registration deadline for this event is April 28, 2022. So make sure to register on time. After the registration is closed, you will receive another form in which you can fill in your preferred workshop (you can pick your favourite one out of five workshops). Note that this event will be limited to a maximum of 100 participants.

Event details

Date: 3 May 2022

Time: 10:00 - 18:00

Price: Free

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