Invitation: PNN 30 year lustrum celebration

There’s a birthday party coming up!

For 30 years, the PhD Candidate Network in the Netherlands (PNN) has safeguarded the rights and interests of PhD Candidates on a national level. On September 8, the PNN celebrates their 30 year lustrum with its partners and members, looking back on successful collaborations, and looking forward to their continuation.

They invite all their members and the PhD Candidates they represent to toast to this occasion. It will be a great opportunity to meet PhD Candidates from all universities in a social setting as well as policy makers from the VSNU and Dutch government.

The drinks will be at the newest location of Leiden University: the Wijnhaven building (Campus the Hague). It is only minutes away from Den Haag CS (Central Station), which is an 11 minute trainride from Leiden CS.

Best of all, drinks are courtesy of the PNN, who hope to see a lot of PhD Candidates attending the event.

Safe the date: 8th of September, starting 5:00 pm, to join, network and celebrate with us!

To attend, please register via this link

ATTENTION: BBQ Change of Date

Dear LEO members,

Due to the rainy weather forecast for tomorrow we are moving the BBQ by one day to Sunday, August 20th.

Everything else stays the same: starting at 15:00 at Het Joppe. We will put up the BBQ on the small island Koudenhoorn, not far from Het Paviljoen. The exact location will be posted on facebook as soon as we are on the spot. If you can’t find us, send us an email to or a message on facebook, we will be checking frequently.

The registration is open until 12:00 tomorrow, August 19th. Please register here:

If you did already sign up but can’t join us on Sunday, please send an email to for your reimbursement.

Hope to see you all there!

On behalf of your LEO-team

CWTS part-time position

CWTS ( is looking for someone for 2 days in the week to do basic data entry/cleaning work regarding universities, research institutes, and the like. Some Excel skills are required. The job would run from as soon as possible up until a year after a first month evaluation period. If you are interested, please send your CV and personal motivation to Clara Calero (clara_at_cwts_dot_leidenuniv_dot_nl).
Please note that applicants need to have an EU working permit.

LEO Summer BBQ

Dear fellow PhDs,

Join us for our second event this summer: a BBQ in the beautiful surroundings of Het Joppe in Warmond on Saturday the 19th of August, starting at 15:00! It’s only a 15min bike ride from Leiden Central station.

LEO will provide delicious food and cold drinks! Just bring you own blanket to relax on 😉

With a contribution of 5 Euros register on by Friday the 18th of August.

When reserving your ticket, let us know if you are vegetarian or have a special diet (e.g. kosher)
In case of bad weather forecast, we will cancel the event 1-2 days in advance. In this case you can either join on a postponed date or get your money back. Until then: fingers crossed for sunshine!


March for Science

March for Science 22 April 2017!

The March for Science is a non-partisan event. The main goals are to call for science that upholds the common good and to call for evidence-based-policy in the public’s best interest. Science leads to accurate, non-biased , objective knowledge, development in all fields and to a better society. Therefore, it is our right and responsibility as citizens (not only as researchers) to safeguard it.
Leiden University supports The March for Science that shouts out to everyone celebrating our passion for science, increasing awareness, and joining The March for Science event at the Museumplein in Amsterdam on 22 April 2017. See you there!

PhD Drinks!

PhD drinks at Leiden Grandcafé de Burcht! 🙂

Want to loosen up your brains before continuing with your academic research next week? Join LEO’s PhD drinks on this Friday, 21st, at Grandcafé de Burcht (Burgsteeg 14).
We will start at 20.30, and same as always, the first round of drinks is on us! To get the voucher for free drinks all you have to do is to ask one of the LEO members at the bar.

Hope to see many of you there.

BioBusiness Summer School

Do you consider to make a transition from the academia to the industry? Or do you want to gain a better understanding of BioBusiness, broaden your network or even start your own company? Join BioBusiness Summer School and find out what the fascinating world of BioBusiness has to offer! The next BioBusiness Summer School will take place from 26 June to 30 June 2017 in Amsterdam & Leiden, the Netherlands. It consists of a unique five day interactive programme that covers a wide spectrum of business aspects of Life Sciences, combined with a line-up of world-class speakers.

Register soon as places are limited and before April 17th to take advantage of the early bird fee. For more information about the programme and the speakers, visit

Workshop for PhD candidates


Have you also become frustrated with your tax declaration, figuring out which social benefits apply to, how to navigate yourself through the university website or the health system and other things your boss can’t assist you with?
We can make your life easier!!
LEO, LAP and PhDoc are organizing a workshop for PhD candidates, focusing on practical issues in the Netherlands. Of course this is also a good opportunity to socialize and meet people from all sorts of places!!!

Participation in the event, including food and drinks is free. Registration is strongly recommended, if you hant to have a seat guaranteed 😉
So, make sure you sign up before March 12th: Send a mail at with “workshop” and your name on the subject.

More information and detailed schedule will be provided soon! Keep an eye on the Facebook event for more information.
See you all there!