This Dutch group was founded in October 2017 after the first European Deaf STEM conference in Prague in April 2017. We joined this special event, and we found out we wanted a place where we could meet and discuss about our study or work in this specific field – STEM. Also, we discovered we had similar problems and barriers and we wanted to work together to solve those along with other people in the Netherlands. Lastly, we wanted to set up a specialized sign vocabulary and that will happen with the help of Nederlandse Gebarencentrum, who is responsible for organizing and securing Dutch signs into a database.

  • to set up a place for people studying and working in STEM from both Netherlands and other foreign countries,

  • to create a specialized sign vocabulary in both Dutch Sign language (NGT) and International Signs,

  • to learn from and discuss with other deaf colleagues through presentations and workshops, 

  • and to build up Deaf STEM network from all over the world.


Irene Wijbenga

studied “Medical Diagnostics” at Hanzehogeschool, Groningen, and is currently working at University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) as technician in “Special Chemistry”.


Jennifer Chin

recently graduated for “MSc in Marine Science” at University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and before that, she got her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in “Biology and Medical Laboratory Science” from Hogeschool Leiden.


Matthijs Wubbolts

is studying “MSc in Energy and Environmental Sciences” at Rijksniversiteit Groningen, and he also graduated for his Bachelor’s degree in “Biomedical Sciences” at the same university.