Expand your career possibilities during BCF Career Event on 11 May 2017!

Are you almost finished with your PhD and interested in job opportunities? Do you want to know more about the current labour market? Visit BCF Career Event 2017, the largest career fair for (PhD)-students, postdocs and (young) professionals in the sectors Life Sciences, Chemistry, Food and Pharma, on 11 May in Jaarbeurs Utrecht, the Netherlands. Meet relevant employers, get your CV checked and talk to a career coach about your career. Also join the programme and get inspired through presentations, workshops and participate in interactive group sessions.

For free online registration until 3 May and more information visit www.bcfcareerevent.nl!

Nationale DenkTank zoekt meedenkers

Ben jij wo-student, pas afgestudeerd of promovendus? Ben je creatief, onafhankelijk en ondernemend? Ben je in staat om te werken in een multidisciplinair team en wil je graag bijdragen aan het verbeteren van de maatschappij? Wil je je daarnaast ontwikkelen en je netwerk uitbreiden? Meld je dan uiterlijk 19 april aan voor de Nationale DenkTank 2017!

De Nationale DenkTank is een vier maanden durend project waaraan ongeveer twintig jonge academici fulltime deelnemen. Van half augustus tot half december werkt het team, onder begeleiding van McKinsey & Company, aan visionaire, creatieve én praktische oplossingen voor een urgent maatschappelijk vraagstuk.

Met ‘Iedereen perspectief op werk’ staat de Nationale DenkTank 2017 in het teken van sociale innovatie. Bij het Nederland van morgen hoort een inclusieve arbeidsmarkt waar iedereen aan mee kan doen. Hoe kunnen we de kansen die de arbeidsmarkt van de toekomst biedt zo stimuleren en benutten dat iedereen in Nederland perspectief heeft op werk en een bijdrage kan leveren aan onze samenleving?

Meer weten? Kijk op http://nationale-denktank.nl/hoe-doe-je-mee/  of kom naar de informatieavond op donderdag 6 april om 18.30 uur bij THNK (Keizersgracht 264 in Amsterdam). Aanmelden voor de informatieavond kan via info@nationale-denktank.nl.

Workshop on Science Outreach and Communication for researchers!

Within the context of the Erasmus+ network a workshop on Science Outreach and Communication is organized. The framework is Astrobiology, but the workshop focuses on general outreach and communication skills and is therefore suitable for any researcher.

The workshop is geared towards PhD candidates and postdocs, and aims to teach them a set of skills to develop their own communication strategy.

The workshop is not to train science communicators, but to train scientist on how to communicate their ow research.

More information can be found on

The registration deadline has been extended to March 30 and several scholarships are available for UU participants.

Researchers wanted!

Euraxess, a European network focussed on supporting and assisting mobility of researchers, is going to improve intersectoral mobility: employers from the academic world stepping into other sectors. This is not always an easy step to take as institutes do generally not offer tailermade support. Furthermore companies are not always aware of this large group of very talented employees.

Euraxess will develop instruments to build a bridge between potential employers and employees. For example, meet and greet sessions, better information for both the researchers and employers, a platform or courses.

Needs of researchers, including PhD-candidates
To develop the right tools Euraxess would like to receive input on the needs and expectations of researchers.

Researchers can help by filling in the survey before 31 March. It takes about 8 minutes. If you have any questions about Euraxess or this survey, you can contact Ilse Schenk, national coordinator, ischenk@epnuffic.nl.

Click here for the survey.

Invitation for PhD representatives: workshop Vagueness Zone

Workshop for PhD representatives

After the previous workshop’s success on how to have effective meetings, we’d like to invite you to another workshop for PhD representatives on ‘The Vagueness Zone‘, on Wednesday April 12th, 16:00-18:00 at the Van Unnik 9.16. Afterwards, there will be drinks at The Basket.

The ‘vagueness zone’ is a phenomenon in meetings, where one party does not want to commit to something, but rather wants to stay vague in promises. It occurs in businesses, politics, but also in science. The question is: how can you deal with it? Are there ways to counter vague promises? That’s where this workshop may help.

All PhD representatives at Utrecht University, the UMCU, RIVM and PNN, are welcome to join. There is room for max 20 PhD representatives, so sign up quicklyif you want to join by mailing Bart at bart@prout.nl.

We look forward to meeting you at this event!

Best wishes,

Utrecht PhD Party (UPP): A new political party for PhD candidates

The University of Utrecht has approximately 1500 PhD candidates many of which are employed at the university with a temporary contract. At the end of their contract, PhDs defend their dissertation, obtaining a doctorate degree. This type of employment makes PhDs a group of employees with specific interests and needs, which should be represented in all levels of university participation bodies. Until a couple of years ago, PhDs have been underrepresented, especially in the university council. Therefore, their interests were not taken into consideration well enough. To prevent this from happening again, we proudly announce a new party for PhD candidates: the Utrecht PhD Party (UPP).

The UPP has been founded with the aim to bring together PhD candidates with an interest in participation and to offer them an election program that is aimed at their needs. The UPP will look for PhDs willing to participate and support them during their campaign and their time in university council. To this end, the UPP will coordinate closely with Prout (PhD network Utrecht).

Topics that are important for PhDs, among others, are obtaining the balance between research and teaching obligations, the preparation of PhDs for the job market within or outside of academia, the rights of bursary PhDs and solid supervision. What is more, internationalisation on all levels of the university is important and should be expanded by way of bilingual language policy (NL-EN) in participation councils to include foreign employees and PhDs. The so-called bursary PhDs which have neither employee or student status, finally, will, of course, also be represented in the UPP.

In the past three years, PhDs were represented within the university council by one or two members. During this time, topics that were discussed included setting up courses for teaching on a university level, the importance of the PhD regulations, and the right to vote for bursary PhDs. With the new PhD party UPP, a foundation will be laid to anchor participation of PhDs within the university of Utrecht and make sure their interests are looked after now and in the future.

UPP is currently setting up their campaign, after recently having handed in the necessary amount of signatures to be able to become an official party.

If you would like to get to know more about UPP and/or you would like to sign up as a candidate please contact them at upp@uu.nl and like their Facebook page. Don’t forget to take a look at their excellent website, too!

Solliciteer NU op een internship @ NWO!

(in Dutch)

NWO biedt een leuke vacature aan voor een promovendus als junior beleidsmedewerker binnen het Professional PhD Program van PNN.

De aanstelling is bij Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen (MaGW) in Den Haag voor 0.8-1.0 fte voor 6 maanden van 1 januari tot 1 juli 2017.

Pak deze unieke kans om betaalde werkervaring op te doen bij NWO tijdens je PhD en solliciteer vóór de deadline 02 november 2016!  http://www.hetpnn.nl/apply-now-for-a-paid-internship-nwo/

MBE is looking for new volunteers!

Medical Business Education (MBE) is looking for young enthusiastic (soon to be) doctors/healthcare professionals who’d like to voluntarily help MBE. 
MBE is a non-profit foundation, founded by young healthcare professionals. They are all volunteers that aim to provide our peers with education on Medical Business. They are actively seeking people to help develop and advertise education on management in healthcare for young healthcare professionals. They have already developed a yearly 4day Summer Academy on Leadership, Strategy, Finance and Operations in healthcare. With the help of leading experts, they have also developed Online Courses that are open and freely accessible. In addition, they provide the opportunity to join a board of directors for a few days.

And they need help with these projects!

They meet every 3 weeks either through Skype or a live meeting and it’s preferable (not mandatory) that you can occasionally visit a partner during working hours. The invested amount of time per week ranges from 2-6 hours/week, with 3 hours on average.

They offer a unique experience, a network of leading experts, a lot of fun, and the opportunity to learn on Medical Business subjects.
Are you interested? Mail your CV and short motivation before October 10th to education@medicalbusiness.nl (also see: www.medicalbusiness.nl)
Do note; we focus on the Dutch healthcare system and healthcare professionals and as such, we are a Dutch organization. Speaking and understanding Dutch is highly recommended.

Grand opening ceremony of the Louis Bonaparte Society: 26th of September

The Louis Bonaparte Society is a society aimed at stimulating interaction and interdisciplinary discussion among PhD’s and Master students from different fields in an informal setting. They gather over dinner and drinks in small groups in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in order to learn from each other, to share and test ideas. Larger meetings happen throughout the year in the form of TEDx-like events, random picnics in the park or excursions. They combine intellectual exchange with friendship and fun. 
They are organizing our Grand Opening for the new academic year on Monday, 26 September at 19.00. If you want to join and get to know them and the fellows, sign up herebannerwithsubtitles
We hope to see you there!