BioBusiness Summer School

Are you a PhD candidate, post-doctoral fellow, or master’s student in the field of Life Sciences and considering a career outside of academia? Join BioBusiness Summer School from 27 June to 1 July 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In addition to learning about i.a. business development, product development, finance, and business models, you will also engage with business leaders and expand your network. Apply by 15 April 2016 and take advantage of the early bird fee! For more information about the programme and speakers, visit

Lets play Snooker!

unnamed (1)We would like to invite you all to enjoy a fantastic night of snooker as the last gathering of LEO members before Christmas and New Year Holidays on 18th December 2015 starting at 6:45 PM.

The cost of the ticket is only 7 euros and it includes 2 hours of snooker and two free drinks and snakes!

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 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 ‘SNOOKER’ in the subject line. for more information please visit:

Hope to see you there!

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!

TXT Call for papers: The authority of text

We all know that written words have power. It is less clear where this power comes from and how it can be exercised. Does a printed book have greater authority than a digital book? Does the increasing amount of text published online reinforce or change existing notions of authoritative texts? What have been the changes in “publishing power” throughout history?

These are some of the questions TXT would like to address in this year’s issue. TXT is the annual magazine published by the students of Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University. It is concerned with texts in all their different guises, how they have evolved through history, and how they affect our society. The relationship between text and authority can be approached from various perspectives ranging from political to cognitive to technical. We invite academics from all disciplines to contribute to this discussion.

Please send your abstract (200-300 words) to

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,

LEO BBQ party

Let’s open the new academic year with a barbecue in the Plantsoen park.It will cost only 5 Euros and LEO will bring food, drinks and barbecues. Please register for the BBQ by sending an email to
Please let us know if you are vegetarian or have special dietary needs/requests.
When: Sunday 20 September
Where: Plantsoen park, Leiden


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

Reminder: Vacancies in the board of PNN (Dutch Only)


Het PNN is de landelijke belangenorganisatie voor en door promovendi in Nederland. We vertegenwoordigen promovendi op nationaal niveau en zijn daarmee een gesprekspartner voor o.a. het ministerie van OCW, de KNAW, Science in Transition en Academic Transfer. We organiseren jaarlijks een National PhD Day, zijn actief in de VAWO (de vakbond voor de wetenschap) en Eurodoc (Europese PhD-overleg) en op onze ALV’s overleggen promovendi van alle Nederlandse universiteiten en UMC’s met elkaar.

Omdat een aantal van de huidige bestuursleden het PNN in september gaan verlaten, zijn wij op zoek naar nieuwe bestuursleden. Er komen verschillende portefeuilles vrij: Secretaris, Penningmeester, Communicatie en Loopbaan. Ook een combinatie tussen de verschillende portefeuilles is mogelijk, daarin zijn we flexibel. Eigen initiatief en ruimte voor het ontplooien van activiteiten, binnen of buiten je eigen portefeuille, is ook volop aanwezig. Naar wie zijn we op zoek?

– Je promoveert, zowel werknemers- als buitenpromovendi vanuit alle vakgebieden zijn welkom.
– Je bent enthousiast over het PNN en wilt graag (extra) bestuurservaring opdoen.
– Je bent bereid ten minste 1 jaar gemiddeld 4 uur per week (vrijwillig) in het PNN te steken. Als je drukke onderzoeks- of onderwijsperiodes hebt, kan van deze 4 uur in overleg worden afgeweken: je proefschrift gaat voor.
– Je vindt het leuk mee te denken over en je in te zetten voor kwesties als het bursalenexperiment, de positie van PhDs op de arbeidsmarkt en de kwaliteit van het Nederlandse promotietraject.

Vragen of mogelijk interesse? Aarzel dan niet ons te benaderen! Dit kan door Charlotte de Roon
( of Nadine van Engen ( te mailen.

PNN zoekt bestuurslid: vacature secretaris (Dutch only)

Van de PNN website:

Na ruim anderhalf jaar neemt onze huidige secretaris in juni (bij de ALV) afscheid van het PNN. Daarom zijn wij op zoek naar een nieuwe secretaris.

Het PNN is de landelijke belangenorganisatie voor en door promovendi in Nederland. De drie belangrijkste doelen van het PNN zijn (1) het informeren en het adviseren van de overheid en maatschappelijke organisaties op het gebied van promovendi en de kwaliteit van de promotietrajecten, (2) het vergroten van de effectiviteit van onze leden (de lokale promovendi-organisaties) door het faciliteren en ondersteunen van hun activiteiten, en (3) het bevorderen van de loopbaanperspectieven van promovendi in Nederland.

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