The 22nd edition of the annual RIMLS PhD retreat has been a great success! We welcomed about 200 participants, including 6 guests from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona and shared knowledge and treasured moments together.
For the second year the host location, the Conference Centre Koningshof in Veldhoven, was a great and spacious place, with excellent service under the supervision of Lotte Krah. Koningshof was definitely a nice escape from our daily routines.
Twenty final year students presented their work, explaining (elements of) their PhD projects. The quality of the research and the presentations was judged by 5 senior researchers: Dr. Bert van der Reijden, Dr. Adrian Cohen, Dr. Mariam Aslanyan, Dr. Gaith Bakdash and Dr. Alejandra Ruiz Zapata. All other PhD candidates presented their research during four poster sessions.
Every year we invite an influential researcher to present his or her work in a keynote lecture. This year we were lucky to have Prof. Dick Swaab, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned neurobiologist from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Swaab presented his research on sexual dimorphism and how it relates to brain anatomy. His lecture was followed by a lively discussion from the audience.
After this inspiring lecture it was time to crack your own brains by playing some interactive games while meeting new people over a glass of beer or wine. One winner team was awarded with coins they could use for drinks during the party that followed in the Metrobar. With the participation of the DJ from Skyfly, and the new addition of a photo booth the party brought all the elements necessary for a fun and relaxing night.
One more time “The RIMLS Challenge” was proof that science is evolving into a more cooperative environment where communication skills are pivotal. The creative minds of our PhD candidates and their artistic skills were put to test during the pitching session. Gijs Meeusen, founder of Artesc and author of the book “The Art of Presenting Science”, gave a two-hour workshop in non-verbal communication. Gijs guided participants during the preparations for the challenge and joined the jury in judging the pitches. Entitled “The Secrets from the Lab” this year’s challenge was the perfect way to end our retreat.
The organizing committee would like to thank all participants, jury members, workshop leader, sponsors and Prof. Dick Swaab for their contributions. We hope to welcome you next year at the PhD retreat 2017!
- Winners of the oral presentation: Paul de Jonge (Urology) & Jessie van Buggenum (Molecular Developmental Biology).
- Winner of the poster presentation: Jasmijn van Kampen (Urology)
- Winners of the RIMLS challenge: Anique ter Braake (Physiology), Bilge San (Molecular Biology), Caroline Sieverink (Urology), Cynthia de Bont (Biomolecular Chemistry), Edyta Swider (Tumour Immunology), Esther Willems (Paediatrics), Irene Di Ceglie (Rheumatology), Irene Lodoso Torrecilla (Dentistry) & Jiangyan Yu (Human Genetics)
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