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Newsletter June 2020
It’s June and most of us are starting to feel summer-ready, how about you? With many tourism sectors facing difficulties, most countries, especially with tourism-reliant economies are trying to stimulate domestic tourism and try to salvage the summer. Belgium is giving 10 free train tickets to every of its residents while temporarily lifting supplementary charges for bicycles. This green travel scheme could be an idea worth replicating here in NL.
English writing course 
We at Promeras have recently received contradicting inquiries and statements from various PhD students regarding the requirement of english writing courses within the PhD track in EMC. 
We have consulted the necessary authorities involved and have determined that English writing courses are not obligatory for PhD candidates in order to graduate. However, this rule is subject to change according to individual departments within the EMC. PhD candidates are however encouraged to take it up. After all, we wouldn't like it if we have to squinch our eyes at stare in disbelief at yet another badly written article wouldn't we. 
    Medical Business Foundation of the Netherlands   
"Medical Business Webinars - impact coronavirus op Nederlandse zorg"

The Medical Business Foundation in the Netherlands was set up with the aim to nurture a new generation of doctors to consider the administrative, organisational and financial challenges in healthcare as their responsibilities. 

In line with the current situation we are facing, they are hosting 3 webinars to address to impact of coronavirus on the healthcare in the Netherlands. In these interactive webinars, attendees will be encouraged to address the administrative, organisational and financial aspects of healthcare with respective experts in hopes to find a solution for the problems our healthcare system is currently facing. 

The programs are as followed and will be held in Dutch. 

Avond 1 - 17 juni 
Betaalbaarheid van de zorg in coronatijd
Peter Langenbach (Voorzitter bestuur Maasstad Ziekenhuis Rotterdam)
Michel van Schaik (Directeur Gezondheidszorg Rabobank)
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Marco Varkevisser (Hoogleraar Marktordening in de Gezondheidszorg Erasmus Universiteit)

Avond 2  - 24 juni
Toekomstvisie ná de coronacrisis
Mariëlle Bartholomeus (Medisch directeur Bernhoven ziekenhuis)
Prof. Dr. Robin Peeters (Voorzitter Nederlandse internisten vereniging)
Moderator: Dr. Hubert Prins (Bestuurslid DICA)

Avond 3 – 1 juli
Capaciteitsmanagement in de zorg tijdens en na de coronacrisis
Anne van Poucke (Partner KPMG Health)
Moderator: Dr. Wessel Fuijkschot (Directeur Kinase)

These webinars will be held over zoom and do sign up and attend if it interests you.

To sign up:

For more information on, Stichting Medical Business and their upcoming activities, please visit:

PhD's candidates from the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication have devised a letter stating some of the problems that they are facing due to the current COVID-19 pandemic in respect to project delays and general wellbeing. They would like to obtain as many signatures as possible before voicing these concerns to the Executive Board of the University.
In their own words:

"It would be great to have your support as I can imagine that we are not the only ones facing increased pressure due to postponed or cancelled field or lab work, working from home restrictions, not having the needed resources or a higher teaching burden. While the quality of our output is meant to stay the same, our circumstances have changed, and we are seeing little leniency."
I imagine that most of us are in the same boat. To help them and yourself, please support them by signing their letter and distribute it among your mates.

Click the link here for the letter:
DANS is an institute in the Netherlands for permanent access to digital research resources. For the past 15 years, they have provided services to institutions, data professionals and researchers to ensure permanent access to digital research data. The digital archiving and network services have immensely contributed to the transparency in Dutch research.  

DANS is hosting an open Day on Open Science on the 24th of September from 1300 to 1700. They wish to interact with young scientists and data librarians on the topic of research data management, data archiving and data re-use. This online program will consist of an information market, keynote speeches and pitches by researchers and data scientists. 
For more information and to register for this session, please visit:
Tour the Dutch Parliament ! 
I am sure that most of us knows how the Dutch parliament building looks like from outside. How about the inside? No, I'm not referring to the view from the courtyard, but the actual inside of it. This might be your lucky chance to see the inside of this iconic building! 

The pandemic regulations has resulted in a cancelation of a physical tour of the parliament that was supposed to be held in March. To not disappoint enthusiasts, Kirsten van den Hul (PvdA) - a Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands has decided to take the tour online! Lucky us!

Join Kirsten on the 26th of June, from 1130 to 1300 for an English digital tour of the parliament. Jitsi, a video-conference platform will be used this tour for obvious security reasons. 

Kimberley Anneveldt - the vice chair of internal affairs/ secretary of PNN is the contact person for this tour. To sign up, send her an email. She can be reached at:

This tour will be on a first come, first serve basis. Happy touring. 

Have the past few months working from home prompt you to start writing and designing your thesis? 

Following their success on thesis production earlier this month, the enthusiastic PROEFSCHRIFTMAKEN is now back with an all new and improved session on how to produce your thesis in 6 steps!  I'm pretty sure it is not as simple as that, so just incase, I'll be tuning in to make sure.

Ben Riezouw, the manager of PROEFSCHRIFTMAKEN will again be taking the reins to tell you all the knows and hows. The webinar will be held on the 30th of June from 1200 to 1300. Participation is encouraged and free for all. 
To schrijf in or register, do so here:

Visit PROEFSCHRIFTMAKEN to find out more and discover thesis covers designed by others.

Other information: 
PROEFSCHRIFTMAKEN has also published a digital manual to ease you into getting started on your thesis. You can find the manual here:

For those who are looking to publish their thesis, a discount code is provided to be filled in when making a quotation request. This code is valid for use until December 31st 2020. 

For a replay of the last webinar on how to make your thesis, click here.
(A note, Ben has promised an all new improved webinar session on the 30th, so in order get the best, please consider signing up for the webinar on the 30th instead)
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