Lucille Mattijssen new president of PhD Network Netherlands

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.”

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President PNN “Topper” of academic year ’18/’19

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.

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New vacancy PNN: General board member Diversity & External PhD candidates

The PNN is the national representation of interest organization for and by PhD students in The Netherlands. We represent PhD candidates at the national level and are therefore a partner for members of the House of Representatives, the Ministry of Education, the VSNU, the KNAW, Science in Transition and Academic Transfer. We organize various meetings every year and are active in de VAWO and Eurodoc (European PhD consultation). PhD candidates from all Dutch universities and UMC’s meet at our GMM’s.

As of September 20, we are looking for a new general board member: Diversity & External PhD candidates. Since collaborations with most of our partners takes place in Dutch, being fluent in Dutch is a requirement. More information and the full description (in Dutch) can be found in the attachment or contact Kimberley Anneveldt via

Vacature bestuurslid Diversiteit & Buitenpromovendi