Career Workshop for PhDs

Did you know over 70% of the PhDs and 90% of the Postdocs have to find a job outside academia? Prepare yourself for alternative career paths with the next LEO workshop on February 21st in Plexus on Kaiserstraat 25 in Leiden!
Dr. Geertje Janssen from People in Science ( will provide an interactive workshop to help you kick-start your career. Geertje will talk about career options outside academia, the value of your PhD and how to increase your employability. Her insights are validated by current recruitment procedures and job market trends. Additionally, we will provide you with information about general career orientation support available for PhDs in Leiden.

The event starts at 16:00 and ends at 19:00. Drinks will be provided and there will be plenty of room for questions. Secure your spot now by registering at
Due to limited capacity please be considerate and sign off in advance if you can’t make it, to allow other PhDs to join.

We look forward to seeing you!

LEO LAP Party: Calling all PhD-superheroes!

Join the legendary yearly LEO LAP party!

It’s time to celebrate and dance with your fellow PhDs until your shoes catch fire!
This year’s theme is “Superheroes”. It would be awesome if you dress up and contribute to the superhero-vibe. No need to stick to the commonly known ones, get creative!

Ticket availability is limited, thus secure yours now via

Attention: Tickets are only purchasable online, no sale at the door.

Dress code (optional): Superheroes costume
Date: 2nd of Match Time: 21:00-1:00
Price: 5€ incl. drink coins
Location: Hepatho (LUMC). Entrance at Einthovenweg, Leiden

We hope to see you there!
Your LEO & LAP board

Monthly PhDrinks

Dear fellow PhDs,

You are cordially invited to our monthly PhDrinks on the third Friday of this month, February 16th, from 20:30 onward.
This time, we expect you at Café De Uyl van Hoogland (Nieuwstraat 28, 2312 KC Leiden).
As always, the first drink is on us so look for one of the LEO board members to get your free drink voucher.

Your LEO board

BCF Career Event 24 MAY 2018 – a complete experience for your career!

Are you ready for a complete experience? To come into direct contact with 100 employers and other career enhancing parties on one day, on one location? Join BCF Career Event on 24 May in Beatrix building – Jaarbeurs Utrecht.
Besides meeting employers on the exhibition floor, you are also able to participate in a programme filled with interesting presentations, workshops and career support activities. This event is for job seekers and students in Life Sciences on different levels: (PhD)-students, postdocs and (young) professionals.

Mark 24 May 2018 in your calendar and register for free via

New Year’s Drinks

Happy and Healthy New Year to everybody!
To celebrate the start of the Year 2018 with all its fresh opportunities, we invite you to the LEO New Year’s Drinks, on 19th January at the Café Leidse Lente (starting 20:30).
Find out what great things are awaiting you, by looking inside the fortune cookie we will bring for you! And cheer with your fellow PhDs to a New Year full of Fun and First-Author papers 😉
As usual, find a LEO board member to pick up your free drink voucher!
We hope to see you there!
Best wishes,
your LEO-team

PhDs only: f*ck insecurity: Theatre Lecture on the Imposter Syndrome

PhDs only: f*ck insecurity

Theatre Lecture on the Imposter Syndrome

In her entertaining Theatre Lecture, Vreneli Stadelmaier basically delivers the following message: f*ck insecurity! Many PhD candidates might be appealed by this message, as we often experience feelings of insecurity.
Do you also sometimes feel insecure in a way like having cheated your way through to your current position? That your colleagues are better than you in what they do? Are you afraid they will “find out” that you are not as competent?
Join this interesting meeting organized by LEO and PhDoc, on Tuesday January 30th, from 17:00 till 19:30, at Lipsius Building, (Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden) Room 005.
We will not only learn about the Imposter Syndrome, but also how this relates to the concept of diversity and how we can tackle feelings of insecurity. By joining, you automatically participate in a lottery that gives you the chance to win one of Vreneli Stadelmaier’s books!
For more information, see:

Due to limited capacity, we request you to register via the following link:
Registration will work on a first-come-first-served basis. In case you cannot make it to the meeting, we request you to notify us on time by sending an email to: so that we can make sure that other people can take your place.

This event is part of a series of events for PhD candidates, which has the aim to bring together PhD candidates of Leiden University with different backgrounds and scientific interests. Through thought-provoking activities and debates, we want to promote a sense of community amongst PhDs in Leiden. Learn more about it on the series webpage:

Xmas Drinks

Dear PhDs,

You are cordially invited to the last LEO drinks for 2017!

Join us on Friday, December 15th at cafe Barrera, from 20:30 onward.
We will provide Xmas cookies, sweets, chocolate and of course beer!
As always, the first drink is on us, so ask for your drink voucher from one of the LEO board members.

Xmas outfit is welcome 😉

****** CANCELLATION: Meet&Greet with the Rector Magnificus *****

Dear LEO-members,

Sadly, the Rector Magnificus has an unexpected and urgent meeting tonight, thus we need to cancel the “Meet&Greet event with the Rector Magnificus”. The Rector was looking forward to it and we will organize another evening in the new year.

If you didn’t plan yet to, then now you still have the chance to come to another event tonight: Debate with Sinterklaas!
There will be an interesting lecture, drinks and peppernoten! Hope to see you there!

Your LEO-board


We cordially invite you to join our monthly PhDrinks on Friday, November 24th at biercafé Olivier, from 20:30 onward.
As always the first drink is on us, so look for one of the LEO board members and request your coupon when you arrive.