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During the General Members’ Meeting (GMM) of September 20th 2019, Lucille Mattijssen was elected new president of the PhD Network Netherlands (PNN), the interest group for and by PhD students. Mattijssen is a PhD candidate of the VU University Amsterdam, and will succeed Anne de Vries, who will leave the board of PNN after having been president for more than a year.
Mattijssen is looking forward to improving the position of PhD candidates in the coming year, together with the PNN board members and the PhD representatives from the universities. “PhDs are crucial for research and education at universities. At the same time, they are in a vulnerable position: their employment prospects in science are limited and they are highly dependent on their supervisors. The PNN unites PhD candidates and thus has the opportunity to put their interests on the agenda of policy makers.”
Last Monday ScieneGuide published a list of “toppers”, people who played an important role in higher education last year. Our president, Anne de Vries, was one of them. This is what ScienceGuide wrote about her (in Dutch):
“Unimpeded by the fact that the PhD Network Netherlands (PNN) still does not have an “official status” in The Hague, president Anne de Vries (Tilburg University) continues to receive public attention last year. Sometimes it is better if you are not “officially” part of the negotiations, seems to be her credo. After all, it’s not about the position but about the content.