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PhD Roadmap

PhD Roadmap Faculty of Science

The Faculty Board of the Faculty of Science wishes to offer a welcoming and inspiring academic environment to all (new) PhD candidates at our Faculty. The framework for this environment is expressed in more detail in the so called Golden Rules for Supervision. These Golden Rules intend to support both PhD candidates and their supervisors to jointly travel the PhD trajectory in an inspiring and productive way. An overview of the themes and issues PhD candidates encounter in the PhD trajectory can be found in this PhD Roadmap. In every step of the PhD trajectory both the supervisors and the PhD candidate can use these combined Golden Rules and PhD Roadmap as a starting point for their conversation, no matter the issues at hand. 

PhD Roadmap

  • The PhD Roadmap Faculty of Science in the VU context

    The PhD Roadmap is a local initiative of the Faculty of Science and is in line with the PhD policies and procedures of the VU.  On the central VU PhD page ( you can find more information on for example PhD gatherings, courses for PhD candidates, housing or Hora Finita. Hora Finita is the administrative system for tracking the PhD trajectory. Please note that it is important that your supervisor and you ensure that you are registered as a PhD student in the first year of your project, preferably in the first six months. 

  • Progress and Supervision

  • Education, training and career development

  • Community and support

    Support in general

    If you are in need of any kind of help please visit the VU webpage 'Where to find help'. The webpage presents an overview of which resources are available. 

    PhD Council BETA

    The PhD council
    Welcome to the information page of the PhD Council of the Beta Faculty. If you have questions on requirements and education you are in exactly the right place. We can also help if you want to get to know your fellow PhD-students. And we will also try to reach you, in order to be able to represent our needs as PhD-students within the Beta faculty.

    Goals of the council
    The PhD council was established with two overarching goals in mind: 1) to improve communication from the Beta faculty board to PhD students in all graduate schools of the Beta Faculty, and 2) to represent the needs of PhD students in the faculty of Beta sciences. As such, the PhD council aims to provide information on ‘doing’ your PhD, communicate on new regulations and education requirements for PhD students, gain insights into problems and solutions experienced and offered by PhD students and facilitate a network of PhD students at the Beta faculty. 


    Survey PhD candidates 2020

    PhD coordinators

    Every department has a PhD coordinator who is responsible for the PhD Education Program and PhD policy and procedures of the department / graduateschool. 

    DepartmentPhD coordinatore-mail
    Mathematicsprof.dr. R.C.A.M. van der
    Computer ScienceDr. J.
    Physics and Astronomyprof.dr. H.L.

    Chemistry and 

    Pharmaceutical Science

    dr. D. Geerke and Y.
    Environment & Health 

    dr. J.R. Haanstra

    Sense: Paolo Scussolini

    AIMMS: Jurgen Haanstra


    Molecular Cell Biologydr. J.R.

    Institute for Environmental 


    dr. P.
    Ecological Scienceprof.dr. E.T.
    Earth Science

    dr. M. Sanchez Roman



    ATHENA institutedr. B.J.
    Health Sciencesdr. J.M. van
    Neuro Sciences

    Prof. dr. M. Verhage

    R. Lustenhouwer