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Science Faculty PhD Council

Last updated on 19 February 2024
Welcome to the information page of the PhD Council of the Science Faculty. The council represents the needs and wishes of the PhDs within the faculty. If you have questions or suggestions on the logistics of your PhD trajectory, please let us know!

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

PhD representatives of multiple graduate schools of the Science faculty are involved in the PhD council. You can find a profile of us here below. Is your department/institute not represented in the council yet and want to contribute to a better PhD experience? Consider joining our council and contact us via:

Who are in the council?

  • Athena Institute

    Luka Gudek
    Room: WN A-653

    Who am I?
    My name is Luka, I am a PhD candidate at the Athena Institute where I research public engagement and multi-stakeholder processes within the area of food system transformation. My academic background is in Political Science, which I studied and practiced in Zagreb, Utrecht, and Brussels, before settling in Amsterdam at the VU.

    What is my research about?
    My research focuses on the role of public engagement and multi-stakeholder engagement in facilitating large-scale sustainability transitions. I am conducting this research in a transdisciplinary, action-oriented way, through the CLEVERFOOD project.

    Why am I a member of the PhD council?
    Through participating in the council, I am supporting the institutional position on the PhD candidates on a Faculty level, as well as making the perspectives of the Athena PhD candidates heard. It is also always interesting for me to better understand the governance structures around us, in this case the PhD Council and the Beta Faculty.

  • Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Agathe Depraz Depland
    Room: O2 building O8W45

    Who am I?
    I am Agathe Depraz Depland, I come from France and I am a PhD student in the Chemistry and pharmaceutical department, where I work on protein aggregations related to neuro-degenerative diseases.

    What is my research about?
    Neuro-degenerative diseases occur when the proteins in the brain misfold and aggregate to become fibrils. However the process of aggregation is complex and highly dynamic and it is believed that the intermediate oligomers are the one toxic for the brain cells. In the MS-LaserLab, we are developing a methodology that will be able reveal the identity, the structure, and the temporal evolution of these key intermediates.The idea is to use a novel single experiment hyphenating droplets-based microfluidics electrospray ionisation, mass spectrometry, ion mobility spectrometry and InfraRed action spectroscopy.

    Why am I a member of a PhD council?
    I love to be involved in something that seems bigger than just me. Being able to help with improving PhDs situation rather than just observing. I also like that I get to understand a bit better how things work around the faculty and identify the main actors.

  • Computer Science

    Tom Humbert
    Room: NU:10th floor

  • Earth Sciences

    Fleur van Crimpen
    Room: W&N R350

    Who am I?
    I am Fleur and I am currently doing a PhD on coastal erosion along the Canadian Beaufort sea coast at the department Earth sciences. I have a background in geo-ecological dynamics and earth sciences.

    What is my research about?
    For my research I’m looking at the transport of carbon from thawing permafrost along eroding coasts in the Canadian Arctic. With the use of hydrodynamic fractionation we try to mimic the transport within the marine system, by doing so we try to understand what part will degrade and what will end up on the sea floor.

    Why do I love being a member of this Ph.D. council?
    Within the council I want to be an advocate for everyone who struggles with the combination of fieldwork, lab work and the never ending writing part. But besides that the VU should be a space where everyone feels safe and respected, being part of the council will give me the opportunity to fight for a better support and guidance within the VU.

  • A-life


  • Health Sciences


  • Institute for Environmental Studies

    Michiel Ingels
    room: NU: 8th floor

  • Mathematics

    Fabio Buccoliero
    Room: NU 9A-94

    Who am I?
    I am Fabio Buccoliero. I am a PhD student in the mathematics department, where I work on topological graph theory. I am passionate about mathematics and how to explain mathematics in an easy way.

    What is my research about?
    My research consists of applying knot theory to graph theory. In particular, I work with graphs (which are just a bunch of points connected by lines) whose lines are knotted, called spatial graphs. I try to see which of these spatial graphs can be put on top of a sphere or other surfaces, without letting their lines intersect each other.

    Why am I a member of a PhD council?
    I love being involved in what happens in my university. I believe that the PhD council is a wonderful opportunity not only to keep myself informed but also to be active for my department.

  • Neurosciences


  • Physics and Astronomy

    Bram Hoogland
    WN building