SENSE has a number of special interest groups (SIGs) which meet regularly throughout the country. They are open to all members, and guests are welcome to attend one or two meetings before deciding whether they would like to join SENSE.
If you would like to attend one of our SIG meetings, please email our SIG and social events coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re looking for a place to share your copywriting experiences while giving and receiving advice…look no further! The SENSE Copywriting SIG provides an opportunity for both new and experienced copywriters to network and share tips, tricks (and tantrums!) of the copywriting trade. We meet several times a year in Utrecht at the Park Plaza Hotel for an evening full of insights and light-hearted discussion. In the past, we’ve dealt with topics as wide-ranging as:
- What exactly copywriting is
- Client acquisition
- How to deal with clients once you’ve got them
- How to deal with bad briefs (and how to get good ones)
- Writing for the web
- And many more...
The Eastern SIG meets in Zwolle, alternating between more formal morning meetings and Friday afternoon social get-togethers. The location varies but is always within walking distance of Zwolle railway station. Our most recent formal meetings have discussed levels of editing, time management, and a Brexit newsletter from the IND. Previous topics include the needs of beginners, networking, software, bookkeeping, marketing, and workshops/courses that we have attended.
What we most appreciate about our meetings is the opportunity to speak English with one another and share experiences about both professional practice and life in the Netherlands.
The Eastern SIG meetings are open to all members. We also welcome potential new SENSE members in the east of the Netherlands.
FINLEGSIG meets in Amsterdam three to four times per year to discuss issues relevant to translating and editing financial and legal documents. We are a group of about 30 highly interactive and feisty translators and editors. Our meetings are generally held on weekday evenings. FINLEGSIG meetings are open to all SENSE members and friends. Our activities include:
- hosting speakers on specific professional skills,
- offering training in areas of legal and/or financial translating, interpreting and editing,
- sharing resources and tools,
- discussing editorial guidelines and stylistic issues,
- locating sources for English-language translations of Dutch and EU legislation.
FINLEGSIG also maintains finleg-lex, a listing of titles and PDFs of non-copyrighted translations of Dutch legislation made available in English. This is an ongoing project and is available only to SENSE members.
SENSE Ed is a special interest group that meets several times each year to discuss topics relevant to teachers and educators. We meet at Park Plaza Hotel, Utrecht (a short walk from Utrecht Central Station).
SenseMed is a special interest group for those members of SENSE who work in the fields of medicine, biomedical research, and related subjects. Although we have occasional meetings, we operate mainly online. Currently we have about 60 members with a core of around 15 active participants. The questions posed on the Forum are many and varied, covering topics from interpreting Flemish radiology reports, to the intricacies of the Dutch health insurance system, to the different terminologies used to describe psychiatric conditions in children and adults. A question to SenseMed always gets a rapid response, sometimes results in extensive debate, and generally provides a satisfactory answer.
As we are lucky enough to be able to count scientists, teachers of scientific writing, psychologists, nurses, and biologists among our ranks, SenseMed is an invaluable resource.
Social Media SIG
Want to be more active on social media but don’t know where to start? The SENSE Social Media SIG meets several times a year in Leiden to discuss how to make social media work for your business. We cover such topics as deciding which platforms to use, implementing a manageable strategy, measuring your results and protecting your privacy.
The UniSIG special interest group enables editors and translators who work with academic texts (e.g. theses, dissertations, essays) to network and share experiences. The venue for meetings is always within easy walking distance of Utrecht Central Station.
The Utrecht group meets every two months, on the second Wednesday of odd-numbered months, at various venues always close to Utrecht Centraal Station. We concentrate on translation but by the second half of the evening usually discuss other professional (and other) issues.
The Zuid-Holland Special Interest Group covers a broad range of subjects. The group meets several times a year, generally in Den Haag.