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

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:


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.

« Researchers without borders » : let’s discover your opportunities in Europe

ABG (Association Bernard Gregory) and its partners, the French-German University and the French-Italian University, is organising a 2-day event on researchers’ mobility and career development in Europe, with the support of the European Commission.

The purpose of the event is to inform PhDs about:
– the research landscape in different European countries,
– the funding schemes available in Europe,
– the recruitment process across Europe, in academia and outside.

During two days, they have the opportunity to meet and discuss with representatives of research institutes, mobility/research funding agencies, companies and career advisors from Europe.

It takes place in Paris on December 11 and 12. The whole program is held in English.
For more information, the program and registration (mandatory!) follow the link:

LEO Halloween Drinks

Dear fellow PhDs,

This month, our drinks are shifted to the fourth Friday of the month and for a very good reason: it’s Halloween!!!

We invite you on Friday, October 27th from 20:30 onward at Stadscafé van der Werff for our LEO PhDrinks.
As always, the first drink is on us, so don’t forget to ask a LEO board member for your drink coupon.

Moreover, join us after the drinks for the Red Rup Halloween party at de Nobel.
For information and tickets, see

Dress up is optional but your contribution to the Halloween spirit would be more than welcome 😉

Jumpstart your business career in Life Sciences!

Are you a PhD student, postdoc or Master student and are you interested to pursue your career in one of the many Life Sciences companies? Do you want to know more about the business field and your career opportunities? Then we invite you to participate in the unique program of the international BioBusiness Summer School.

For more information and application:

lunch lecture ‘ Integrity in Science

Dear fellow PhDs,

On behalf of LUMC Association for PhD candidates (LAP), we would like to invite you to the upcoming lunch lecture ‘ Integrity in Science ‘ by Martine de Vries.

The LAP invited dr. Martine de Vries to give a lecture about integrity in science for all the PhD students at the LUMC.
Dr. de Vries has a background in both medical sciences and philosophy, she is a pediatric endocrinologist and currently chair of the department of Medical Ethics and Health Law at LUMC. dr. de Vries is a daily supervisor of PhD-students, supervises medical students and residents in projects concerning therapeutic misconception, competence and research communication. She will discuss the weaknesses in medical research, including data manipulation and publication bias.

When: Thursday September 14th, 12:00-13:00
Where: Lecture hall 5
Lunch: 11:00-12:00 @ Paleijhs
Attending is free of charge, REGISTRATION via