GSSV Donar 1881 is a club run by and for the members, and our members choose a new board every year. The board takes care of the daily operations of the club, takes track of the members, tries to spend the subsidies that we receive on new club material, and maintains contact with sister fencing clubs and umbrella organizations.
Serving as a board member is a great opportunity for students to gain executive experience, and it's a lot of fun. If you're interested in becoming a board member, please contact us!
I started my PhD in Groningen in 2017, after having studied in Amsterdam, Wageningen and Paris. During my Bachelor and Master I focused on the molecular aspects of host-parasite interactions, and I am currently working on the evolution of immunity. As a child I fenced foil in Amsterdam for a few years, but I stopped when I started rowing at age 12. I picked up fencing again when I started my PhD in Groningen.
I'm doing my PhD in Groningen on self-organization in biological systems. I spend most of my day coding and simulating the movements of bird flocks, and in the evening I like to blow off steam by fencing. I've been fencing epee since I was twelve, and during my master's in England I was assistant coach at a local club.
I'm doing a Research Master in Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Groningen, focusing on German interwar literature and speculative fiction. In 2016, I started fencing at Donar without any prior experience. I fence on epee and have taken part in quite some tournaments by now, usually ending up at the bottom of the table.