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

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

LEO is looking for NEW BOARD MEMBERS

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We’re looking for new members for the LEO board for next year (starting in March). Being part of the board is a great way to develop your organizational skills, build up your network and of course strengthen the PhD community in Leiden! If you’re interested in becoming part of the next LEO board, or if you would like to know more about it, let us know! Shoot us an e-mail at!

Register now to meet the Board!

There is only one day left to send in your topics for the Meet the Board event we are organising together with JUL (Young University Leiden) and where

What do YOU want to discuss with the Board of Directors?

You will be able to meet with and speak to none other than Prof. Carel Stolker and Prof. Simone Buitendijk. on October 14th, from 16:30 to 18:30 in the Large Auditorium in the Academy Building (Rapenburg 73). There will be drinks afterwards at the Faculty Club, where as always the first drink is on us! (For those who attend the program.) We have a limited number of seats available, so if you would like to join, please send an e-mail to with “Registration Meet the Board” as a topic.

People who have sent in topics they wish to discuss take precedence (but still need to register!)

All the best,

Upcoming Events, conferences & courses:

Lustrum Alumni Day: Leiden, September 19th from 17:00 to 19:30
Leiden University warmly invites you, alumni of Leiden University from around the country and the world, to join this event on 19 September to reconnect with friends and teachers at our 440th anniversary Alumni Day. Seats are reserved for you in one of Leiden’s most historic building and promise to give you exclusive previews of the best Leiden University has to offer. Take this opportunity to visit your Alma Mater again. You won’t be disappointed!

The Night of Arts & Knowledge, Science and Culture Festival of South Holland: Leiden, September 19th between 19:30 and 02:00 hours

ICLON celebrates 20th anniversary with symposium: Gatehouse, Rijnsburgerweg 10 in Leiden, September 10th, 15:00 to 17:00 pm

3 October University: Van der Werf Park Leiden, October 3, 12:00 to 15:00

International conference on ‘Who is (rendered) responsible? Responsibilization and dependency in a changing welfare state’ organized by the Graduate School of the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht international conference, 4 -5 November, 2015

The European Space Agency call for proposals for university students to conduct research in state-of-the-art hyper- and microgravity research facilities. The submission deadlines for experiment proposals are: 15 November and 18 January, 2015!_programme

1st Symposium on Space Educational Activities (SEA), Padova (Italy), 9-12 December 2015

Gap Summit 2016: University of Cambridge, 4-6 April 2016

From 28 – 30 October PCDI organizes the 14th edition of its PCDI Retreat: a 3-day course on career development especially for PhD students in the final stages of their research.

Training Presenting skills: on 27 November and 11 December 2015. You can enroll via Self Service or via the enrollment form

PNN National PhD Day Committee Looking for more members

Are you looking for ways to increase your organizational skills, expand your network, and have a great time working on a very relevant project? Apply now for the organizing committee of the 2015 National PhD day!

As the first PNN National PhD day ( was well-received, plans have been put in place to organize a second edition (scheduled for the end of November) and a committee has recently been formed to organize this great event. The chair of the National PhD Day Committee is still looking for enthusiastic and motivated people who want to help organize this event (e.g., arranging workshops, finding sponsors).

Positions that are open in the committee are:
– Vice-president
– Treasurer
– 2x external communication (i.e., arranging workshops/ information market)
– Logistics
– Chairman for the supervisor award committee.

Given that the PhD community has many people with organizational experience on local or even national level, we believe it will be a great opportunity for those looking for more experience in organizing an event of this scale at the national level. Speaking Dutch is an advantage, but not a necessity.

If you are interested in being part of this committee, or interested in contributing in any other possible way, then contact the president Anke Versluis of the National PhD Day committee at to receive more information.

New PhD regulations are out!

The Leiden University PhD regulations have been updated. The new regulations have been effective from the 8th of February. If you already have a defense committee, the old regulations will be followed, but all future defenses will be held under the new regulations. The main changes are:

– Stronger focus on academic integrity requirements
– Minor changes in the composition of the Doctorate Committee and the Opposition Committee
– The role of the supervisor in assessing the dissertation

For more explanation please visit: