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!


LEO Leiden boat trip


Dear fellow PhDs,
for this month we are organizing a special event for you!

Book your calendars for Saturday, July 22nd for a two-hours boat trip in the beautiful canals of Leiden!

The boat will depart from Apothekersdijk 5 (Leidse Rederij) at 13:30.
Please take care that you are at the location at least five minutes in advance!

This time we request for a small contribution but we will make sure you get two refreshing drinks and snacks while enjoying the ride 😉

The boat can facilitate up to 24 people, therefore ensure your spot by getting your ticket via the following link:

If not enough people register we might need to cancel the event so, please make sure you register before Monday July 17th!


Knowledge Transfer

How important is science communication to you and how do you experience communicating research findings to your end-users?

We are curious about your opinion as a young researcher.

The Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Leiden University Medical Center, in collaboration with the Department of Science Communication and Society at Leiden University, investigates the engagement in knowledge transfer activities and the factors that may facilitate or impede this. The research project is supervised by Professor dr. N. H. Chavannes.
Results of this study will provide insight into the position of knowledge transfer in the academic field and thus provide directions for future initiatives to improve or strengthen this position.

Why is this research done?

Researchers are increasingly expected to engage in knowledge transfer activities. To grant funding, they often have to include knowledge transfer activities in their communication and dissemination plan. These knowledge transfer activities should ensure that end-users, such as policy makers, public health officials and system administrators are reached. The current academic climate does not seem to be adapted to these additional expectations. This study will provide more insight into the position knowledge transfer holds in the academic field and thus provide directions for future initiatives to improve or strengthen this position.

Who can participate?

Anyone who is affiliated to a University and performs or supervises research activities. Participants can be either junior or senior scientists, but should at minimum hold a position as a PhD student.
What do we ask from you?

The study consists of a short online survey in which questions are asked about your opinion towards engagement in knowledge transfer activities (e.g., lay abstract writing, media appearance, interacting with the end-user, etc.). We will also ask about factors that, based on your experience, may facilitate or hinder engagement in these activities.
Completing the survey takes approximately 10 minutes and participation is voluntary. Responses will be collected anonymously and results will be treated confidentially. Summary results will be sent to your affiliated institute, provided that the response rate is sufficient to guarantee anonymity.

Willing to participate?

You can participate by  following this link:…/fo…/SV_2u9e90RCKAGneHb


LEO PhD Drinks

Dear all,

Third Friday of the month approaching and this time we invite you to Belgish Biercafe Olivier to meet and have fun with your fellow PhDs!

As always, the first drink is on us!
To get your free drink voucher just ask one of the LEO members when you arrive.

See you all there!

1st National Meeting for Researchers on Open Science

The 1st national meeting for researchers on Open Science will be held on 29th of May 2017 in Delft:…/1st-national-meeting-for-researchers….

This day is particularly intended to hear the questions and opinions of PhD candidates on OS.
The day will be opened by Sander Dekker and will be chaired by PNN’s own Rolf van Wegberg.

We would like to get as many PhD candidates at this event as is humanly possible.
So, please spread the word to your fellow PhD candidates!

You can sign up for the event here:…/1FAIpQLSfeW87HhRXr7j1Lba…/viewform.

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!