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

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 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!

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 (also see:
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!

Research University Library

**only in Dutch**

De Universiteitsbibliotheek is voor een onderzoek op zoek naar Nederlandstalige PhD’s aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Als dank ontvangen alle deelnemers aan het onderzoek een bon t.w.v. €25.

Het onderzoek bestaat uit een gesprek van ongeveer een uur met een onafhankelijke onderzoeker. Je zit achter een computer en beoordeelt de website aan de hand van eenvoudige opdrachten. Tijdens het gesprek worden je oogbewegingen bijgehouden. Je merkt hier niets van. De resultaten van dit onderzoek worden geanonimiseerd.
De onderzoeken worden gehouden op:
· Dinsdag 4 oktober en woensdag 5 oktober 2016
· Tussen 11.00 en 16.00 uur
· Universiteitsbibliotheek Uithof, ruimte 616

de UB maakt een selectie uit de aanmeldingen. Na aanmelding nemen ze contact op ter bevestiging. Deelname kan niet worden gegarandeerd. Meld je aan via:

Call for proposals Researcher-in-residence 2017 – National Library of the Netherlands

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), National Library of the Netherlands is seeking proposals for its Researcher-in-residence program to start in 2017. This program offers a chance to early career researchers to work in the library with the Digital Humanities team and KB data. In return, we learn how researchers use the data of the KB. Together we will address your research question in a 6 month project using the digital collections of the KB and computational techniques. The output of the project will be incorporated in the KB Research Lab and is ideally beneficial for a larger (scholarly) community.

For more information see website or e-mail

PNN’s National PhD day in Utrecht, October 29!

Dear PhD’s,

This year PNN’s National PhD day will be organized in Utrecht! Be sure to block Saturday the 29th of October in your schedule for a day of interesting workshops, inspiring keynote lectures and the supervisor award ceremony. The theme of the day will be: take charge of your career!

For more information about #NationalPhDDay: follow on Facebook | Twitter . More details will be announced shortly.