Keep calm and go Bowling!

This year, we are creating many surprising events besides our regular PhDrinks. Our first social event willbe an “Afternoon of Fantastic Bowling” which is held on Friday April 17th, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. Please feel free to invite your friends and colleagues to this event as well. The registration will be only possible via email, you will receive a confirmation email afterwards with some details about bank account information,which you should transfer money within one week to be sure that your place will be reserved. Please notice that first-come, first served since we have limited places available. If interested, please send us an e-mail via: with ‘Bowling’ in the subject line, hope to see most of you there!


PhD Survey on March 17!

On March 17th, the Leiden University will hold a survey under all employees. New this year is that there will be questions specific for PhD students. We from LEO have worked together with the central administration on the questions. Of course things can only be improved if we know where the problems are, so please fill in the survey. You will get a link to the survey on Tuesday March 17. The survey is of course completely anonymous, and no one from the university will see the answers you fill in.


Calendar of some PhD courses and workshops!

25th-27th of March: PCDI Postdoc Retreat Life Sciences a 3 day course for last year PhDs (and Postdocs) to reflect on skills, interests and possibilities in order to work out where to go next (;late registration request via email

1st&15th of April (in English) and Dutch version on 5th June: ‘Project management skills for doctoral research” helps PhDs to learn tips and tricks on an effective planning and managing of their PhD project management skills and applications of these in their projects. (

2nd of April: The third FSW Network (Lunch) Meeting for PhD will be on Thursday from noon to 1 pm. The theme of this meeting is ‘Teaching: too much or too little’ and will be held at 5A41(Faculty of Social Sciences). The difficulties you encounter in teaching will be discussed in small groups. Also, three invited speakers will elaborate on teaching as a PhD candidate in the Social Sciences in an attempt to address your concerns. (register via:

8, 15, 22nd of April, and 20th of May: The course ‘The Lean Scientist’ helps PhDs to translate their knowledge and research output into business opportunities. (The course is sponsored by Climate-KIC, registration via, registration deadline is Friday 27 March 2015).

21th of May: BCF career event 2015: Expand your career possibilities! Free registration until 12th of May on

2nd-6th of June: ‘Science&You in Lorraine (Nancy, France)’ an international event on science communication aims at bringing professionals together.(

22nd-26th of June: ‘BioBusiness Summer School 2015’ supports PhDs in career orientation in industry and teach the principles of biobusiness. ( registration deadline May 22nd).

A new board!

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At the General Members Meeting in February, the board of 2014 was discharged and a new board for 2015 was constituted. Several of our old board members will continue to serve for another year, so you’ll be seeing some familiar faces! We’ve opted for a larger board this year, giving us much more manpower to organize drinks and events, so prepare yourself for a fun-packed 2015 at LEO! Curious who we are? Check out and come meet us at one of our events!