About VWI, Network for Wageningen University Alumni Women


We are the Network for Wageningen University Alumni Women (Vrouwennetwerk Wageningse Ingenieurs) with around 350 members. In this Network we aim to stimulate the professional development and personal growth of our members. The Network connects the strength of women, with a BSc, MSc or PhD degree, who feel committed to the life sciences.

What do we do?
The Network stimulates opportunities for women to connect and to exchange information and experiences. In this way, our members can develop themselves, in their professional as well as in their personal life. National meetings, such as the annual symposium, workshops and social network events are organised several times each year. Furthermore, regional departments and special topic groups in the Netherlands organise meetings and excursions for women in these sub groups.

Who are we?
The Network is an association that exists thanks to the active participation of volunteers. On a national level we have a board of directors. The VWI network is a sub-group of KLV Wageningen Alumni Network, the largest organisation for Wageningen University alumni. KLV assists the VWI network with the execution of several tasks. VWI network is structured in the form of regional departments and special topic groups. Next to that, ad hoc task forces are formed for e.g. the organisation of the symposium or maintanance of the website.
Communication with the members occurs mainly through the digital Newsletter (VWI Flits) & this website (www.vwi-netwerk.nl). VWI is active as a LinkedIn group. By using the website and social media, members can connect, discuss and exchange information.

Who can become a member?
Most of our members have an MSc or PhD degree of Wageningen University. However, the Network is open to all women who feel committed to the life sciences. VWI, is thé network to support women with ambition!

English and Dutch
At the moment, the language for the website and most meetings is Dutch. However, all of our members are fluent in English. We are looking for volunteers to join us and e.g. start a subgroup for international members. If you are interested, please contact us; we would like to support you. Mail our Secretary for more information.

The VWI Board of Directors (2018): Jelleke de Nooy (Chair), Riti Herman Mostert (Secretary), Sasja Kamil, Tamar Reijnen en Gaby Jansen.

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Above: meet the board of the VWI: left to right:
Tamar Reijnen, Riti Hermán Mostert, Jelleke de Nooy, Sasja Kamil and Gaby Jansen.

Gudrun Wiesehahn, member

My name is Gudrun Wiesehahn. I am German and married to a German-Colombian. We moved to Wageningen nearly 20 years ago. At that time, our son was 4 months old; recently he began his studies in Nijmegen.

Wageningen is a great place to be, very international and cosmopolitan due to WUR and the many bigger and smaller companies active in the fields of Life Science, Agriculture and Rural Development.

I am agricultural engineer by training, with further specialisation in development economy. My fields of interest are international development and IT. I have worked for international organisations in Rome and Berlin, and more recently for Wageningen based businesses with an international customer and client base. I’m active in volunteer network initiatives in Wageningen, focusing on re-employment and career development.

In the VWI network we want to help expat people to get better connected to social networks and social life in the Netherland and help accompanying partners to start feeling at home in the Netherlands a bit sooner by organising get-togethers of expats. Please contact me, if you are new in Wageningen and looking for contacts and information.

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Above: Gudrun Wiesehahn.

So: join our network!