2015 PCDI Postdoc Retreat (Life Sciences)  

Turn your talent into a career

Where : Kapellerput, Heeze
When  : 25 - 27 March 2015

A 3-day course for postdocs and final year PhD students in Life Sciences to learn about your opportunities and how to get the most out of your career.

  • Get inspired by the speakers to discover what is important in pursuing your ambitions and how to set and achieve goals.
  • Get in-depth knowledge and discuss with our forum panel on the big playing field of science: the link to society, role of industry, multidisciplinary collaborations, science as the basis of our knowledge-based economy and your role in this playfield.
  • Follow a total of 3 workshop sessions to identify and improve your skills to use them to the best. For those aiming for a career in academia, hear what else you can do to succeed next to building a strong publication record.


This retreat also offers a unique opportunity to look beyond academia. Network with PhDs who now work in industry, spin-offs, government and other organisations, hear how they shaped their career, learn about the many possible career paths for scientists in Life Sciences. 

  • Read here what former participants say about the PCDI Postdoc Retreat
  • Find below the programme for 2015

Day 1: This is Me!

Wednesday 25 March 2015

Time Activity
09:30 - 10:30 Registration and coffee
10:30 - 10:45

Welcome and introduction

  • Lilian Menu
    Director Postdoc Career Development Initiative
10:45 - 12:15

Shaping your career in academia

  • Prof. Vinod Subramaniam
    Director at FOM Institute AMOLF; group leader nanoscale biophysics at AMOLF
  • Prof. Rosalie Luiten 
    Head Experimental Dermatology at AMC 
12:15 - 12:45 Introduction activity
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:45 Parallel Workshop session I: Discover your talents
  • From core qualities to careers
  • The career walker
  • Develop your strength
  • Reaching your goals
16:45 - 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 - 19:30

Parallel Workshop session IIPresent yourself!

  • Present yourself: (S)he's got style
  • How to apply for a job in Chemistry and the Life Sciences Industry
  • From experiencing your core energy to achieving your goals
19:30 - 21:00 Dinner
21:00 - late Drinks

Day 2: Skills and Possibilities

Thursday 26 March 2015

Time Activity
07:30 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 09:15

Introduction of the day

09:15 - 12:00 Use your skills to the best
Three lectures by PhDs on how they currently work on in knowledge valorisation,
in the industry or in the non-profit sector.
  • Wendy Mackus, PhD
    Senior Director at Philips Research
  • Angelique Nielen, PhD
    Programme Manager at Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
  • Stefan Braam, PhD
    Chief Scientific Officer at Pluriomics
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 16:30

Parallel Workshop session III: Increase your skills

  • Strategic behaviour: The influence and effects of non-verbal behaviour
  • Communicating effectively: How to connect to people?
  • European individual grant proposals (Horizon 2020) - writing for an evaluator
  • Negotiation
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 - 18:30 Workshop: A vision of your future
18:30 - 19:00 Free time
19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
21:00 - late Leisure activity

Day 3: Forum Discussion & Networking

Friday 27 March 2015

Time Activity
07:30 - 10:00 Breakfast and check-out
10:00 - 10:15

Introduction of the day

10:15 - 12:00

Forum discussion Your role as a science professional in society
Interact with key persons in science and develop a vision on your position in society

  • Prof. Gerrit van Meer
    Dean of UU - faculty of Science

  • Mirjam Leloux, PhD
    Director Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) - UvA

  • Prof. Carlie de Vries
    Professor in Medical Cell Biochemistry - AMC

  • Jos de Jonge
    Coordinator in Science System Assessment - Rathenau Instituut
12:00 - 13:00 


13:00 - 14:30


Parallel networking programme:
speeddate sessions and company presentations.
Meet role models, get inspired by presentations on opportunities for PhD holders. Invited guests include PhDs in academia (non-research), large industry, small & medium-sized entreprisespolicy, non-profit organisations, government and other career paths.

14:30 - 15:15 Meet 'n Greet networking session
15:15 - 15:30 Wrap-up
15:30 - 16:45 Drinks
16:15 End programme

Last updated on 19 February 2015