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Social gatherings for PhD candidates

Come together and meet your fellow PhD students.

At the VU Amsterdam we organize a number of social events and sports activities for PhD candidates and their families.

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  • PhD gatherings

    VU PhD Gatherings are monthly social and cultural events for PhD candidates across our different faculties. Our goal is to actively engage all PhD candidates at our university and develop activities where our candidates can meet and connect. We organise social events such as networking drinks, cultural dinners, movie nights at the Rialto and many more. We hope the Gatherings lead to strong lifelong connections and of course a bit of fun! 

    The PhD Gatherings are organised by the International Office and the main coordinator is Teresa Laguna Meraz:

    For any questions or comments about the PhD Gatherings please contact Teresa.

  • Forum for Young Scientists

    Who we are and what we do:

    The Forum for Young Scientists (FYS) was founded in 2016 and is a self-support system for PhD candidates and postdocs at VU Amsterdam. We organize workshops to train soft skills, discuss problems and challenges related to working in academia, and discuss non-scientific themes in a safe and non-hierarchical environment.

    Examples of workshops that we organized are: masterclass of presentation skills, writing a good grant proposal, how to become a professor, leadership, from academia to industry, time management.

    Our peer group is open for PhD candidates and postdocs from all faculties of VU Amsterdam. The FYS believes in diversity and we believe that our network can contribute to connect all young scientists, making VU Amsterdam a more diverse university.

    Our email address:

  • VU Sports Centre

    Choose among a diverse selection of sports and join VU Sports Centre.

    You can try group lessons or fitness faculties one day for free.