Victor has been a science-enthusiast for most of his life, culminating in a Masters degree in physics and astrophysics and a PhD, both at Utrecht University. During his PhD, he studied the properties of complex plasma systems, and as a post doctorate and research associate at Baylor University, in Texas, he investigated the very early phases of planet formation in ionized environments around young stars both numerically and in the laboratory for over 4 years. Upon return to the Netherlands, he continued to support science, first as a program coordinator with the Foundation for Research on Matter (FOM, part of NWO), later as a project officer for the department of Applied Physics at TU/e. There, he co-founded the Center for Quantum Materials and Technology (QT/e) and assisted in writing the National Agenda for Quantum Technology, launching him into the quantum technologies arena. Since June 2019, he has been the coordinator of QuSoft, the research center for quantum software in Amsterdam.
Besides being involved in science professionally, Victor is an active amateur astronomer and volunteers at Sonnenborgh, the museum and observatory in Utrecht. He also runs “Sterren Kijken In De Stad”, through which he has brought dozens of people in contact with the wonders of the universe and the fantastic hobby that stargazing provides.
If we do not ensure that women in science get the exact same attention for their work, access to research funding and infrastructure, as well as access to networks of experts, the world is missing out on 50% of its potential. For Victor, that makes it a no-brainer to join an important initiative such as WIQD.