History PCDI

PCDI, established in 2007, initially focused on facilitating young scientists to make the transition outside academia. This would counteract the brain drain (young scientists going abroad) and keep scientific talent for the Dutch knowledge economy.

Gradually PCDI has positioned herself as an independent booster for the professional and career development of young scientists. The activities of PCDI did not go unnoticed: The number of PhDs/postdocs who have participated in the many programmes PCDI initiated exceeds 1,700 [as of 2015]. And the impact is even greater.


Centre of expertise

PCDI’s ever growing (inter)active community holds thousands of ECRs. By joining, they keep themselves informed on relevant developments and contribute to discussions on social media platforms on how they can maximise their chances for a successful career.

PCDI’s work has not only put professional and career development of young scientists in the spotlights, it has also contributed to give it priority on policy agendas. Having positioned herself as a centre of expertise, PCDI now acts as a conversation partner for Dutch ministries, NWO, KNAW, VSNU, NFU and supports knowledge institutes with (accelerating) the implementation of their talent and career management policy. These activities include providing advice to policy makers and giving young scientists and their employers access to targeted programmes.


Current programmes

Current programmes are aimed at maximising the potential of researchers, anticipating on their future role as science professionals in society. Talented researchers in possession of broad professional skills will play important roles in knowledge innovation in various ways, for their ability to connect science to innovative solutions to societal challenges.

In the Netherlands, the role of the scientist in the changing society is increasingly being discussed in (public) debates. The career outlook of the ever growing number of PhD students is also under scrutiny. PCDI has proven her success in developing relevant programmes to support scientists to meet the professional demands of the future. We are proud of this and we are determined to carry on with our mission!