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  • The Society provides a variety of services and opportunities to suit the varying tastes of all SENSE members.
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  • SENSE members regularly get together in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for meetings, workshops, webinars and discussions about a variety of topics.
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  • SENSE organizes about one workshop or webinar per month. See our Calendar for upcoming events.
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  • The Mentoring Programme brings experienced SENSE members into contact with less experienced members seeking advice and/or training.
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  • SENSE is in the safe hands of the Executive Committee (EC), the Team Leaders (TLs) and other volunteers.
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  • SENSE publications include a Handbook for starters, guidelines for students who need editing services, monthly newsletters and ocassional mailings to members, and a blog with interesing articles written by members.
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  • Forum

    SENSE members have access to a private forum where they can chat, ask questions from colleagues or comment on society matters.
  • SENSE wants to actively pursue good relationships with other organisations in the language industry.
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SENSE Membership Benefits

SENSE welcomes all language professionals working primarily in English in the Netherlands or with a connection to or interest in the Dutch language market. Although most SENSE members live in the Netherlands, this is not a requirement for membership. Our membership rates are very affordable, and we offer students a discount. 

New members

Simply complete this form and pay your dues to activate your membership.

Returning members

If you wish to rejoin SENSE after a break, please contact the Secretary at membership@sense-online.nl.

Membership dues

Membership costs only €80.00 per calendar year.

  • If you join between 1 January and 30 June, the cost is €80.00.
  • If you join between 1 July and 31 October, the cost is only €40.00.
  • If you join in November or December, then the cost is €80.00, which covers both the current year and the following year.

Student members

Membership dues for students are 50% of the regular membership fee, for the duration of their studies. In addition, student members can attend SENSE events at half price and can receive mentoring at a discounted rate. Student members must provide evidence that they are enrolled in an accredited training programme.


If you have any questions, please contact the Secretary at membership@sense-online.nl.



What SENSE is

SENSE is a society for English-language professionals based in the Netherlands. We currently have about 280 members, including technical, style and copy editors, translators, proofreaders, copywriters, interpreters, journalists, teachers, researchers, academics and language/communication consultants. Most of our members either live in or have a professional connection to the Netherlands, but work primarily in English (either full-time or part-time, freelance or in-house).

What SENSE does

SENSE supports its members and the language profession in many ways. The Society:

  • helps language professionals meet the special challenges of working in English in a Dutch-speaking country.
  • organizes a full calendar of workshops, webinars and social events for members and non-members alike.
  • hosts an online Forum where members can ask questions and discuss issues.
  • organizes get-togethers called Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to meet, discuss and learn about topics related to the group's interests.
  • operates a mentoring programme in which more experienced members provide guidance to less experienced colleagues.
  • provides a membership database where members can find colleagues and make useful contacts.
  • provides useful information and resources in our online Library of files.
  • maintains an active presence on Facebook (both public and private), LinkedIn (both public and private) and X (formerly Twitter).
  • engages in advocacy and the promotion of standards on behalf of language professionals in the Netherlands and Europe.
  • encourages communication between societies and institutions involved in language.

History of SENSE

SENSE was founded in 1990 by a small group of English-speaking editors living in the Netherlands. Their objective was to form a society that could deal with the problems of language attrition and linguistic isolation faced by English-speaking language professionals living and working in a non-anglophone country. SENSE has also attracted many native speakers of Dutch, who bring valuable perspectives on working in the English language industry in the Netherlands.

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