PHD Council

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What the PhD Council is 
The ABRI PhD council was formed in 2010, and currently consists of four SBE PhD candidates. Since all SBE PhD students are affected by the same regulations, the council - although embedded within ABRI, aims to represent the interest of all SBE PhDs. Hence, we would like to invite you to contact us if you feel like there is something that needs to be addressed (in addition to filling out the annual PhD-survey, see below).

Aside from representing SBE PhDs, the council also organizes PhD lunches, approximately 4 times a year, where we enjoy a lunch while discussing a serious topic that we have encountered or might encounter in our lives as PhDs. Usually the council invites an expert to teach us something new regarding this topic. For 2016-2017 we plan to have informative sessions on work-life balance, the PhD defence day, supervisors, funding, resources of the VU library and the writing process. The council also organises social events about two times per year, such as dinners, and fun activities like bowling and laser tag. For more information, check the schedule below and the ABRI newsletter!


Buehler, FlorianKunst, David
Florian Buehler
David Kunst
Blokker, Rowena
Twaalfhoven, Simon
Rowena Blokker
Simon Twaalfhoven

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ABRI PhD lunches & Dinners
The ABRI PhD Council organizes both lunches and dinners where you can interact with your fellow PhD students. Do not miss them! Dinners are usually off campus and start around 18:00. Lunches are on campus (with educational elements) and are from noon to 13:30.

Overview 2016-2017

29 September 2016PhD Council DinnerHanneke's Boom
17 October 2016PhD Lunch (general assembly/introduction)
11 October 2016
Research Seminar Gerben de Jong
17 November 2016 Workshop Work-life Balance for PhDs (by Anne Annink)TBA
6 December 2016

Research Seminar Marije noordhoek

15 December 2016PhD Lunch with the BeadleHG 1A-36
21 January 2017
Research Seminar Anniek Eigenraam
10 February 2017PhD Lunch Seminar Matthijs de ZwaanHG-11A36
21 March
Panel discussion PhD Day
28 March 2017
Research Seminar Julia Schlegelmilch
9 May 2017
Research Seminar Christine Fong1A-36
13 June 2017
Research Seminar Simon Twaalfhoven