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Newsletter December 2020
Happy Holidays! 
Dear readers, it’s December and the festive holidays are just around the corner. Most of us has spend the late summer and autumn months longing for a ‘normal’ Christmas and New Years only to get here and feel yet again defeated. It will be far like any other Christmas and New Years that we’ve had so far, but rest assure reader dear, it will definitely be an interesting one to reflect on in the future.

I on the other hand am quite looking forward to Christmas with COVID measurements in place. I for one am quite happy spending a quality Christmas with just 2-3 family members, far far away from my dear old Aunt Judy.

The last time Aunt Judy was around, she spent the whole evening reminding me of how my cousin - Jonathon recently got promoted and is now responsible for a multimillion dollar investment project. She cannot strongly emphasise enough that Jonathon is very highly paid. Chelsea, my other cousin, is now head of a big law firm and has just completed her purchase of a properly overlooking the river Thames in the center of London worth millions… As uninterested as I was, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “I did med school (tho I have a massive study debt), I own 4 beautiful bicycles, I just bought 20 jars of peanut butter in one go because I can never remember to replenish them when I need them most, I’m writing a really cool book (aka thesis), and I managed to teach my cat to sit, lie down and shake paws on command”. Wow, that, in my books is not bad at all! I think I may be quite the amusingly amazing person. Don’t you think so? 

I have never looked forward to Christmas dinner as much as I have now. So, buckle up and let us all get ready to greet the festive holiday with an arms wide full of positivity. Wont miss you, Aunt Judy!

Happy Holidays everyone! 

Promeras Christmas QUIZ
Stand a chance to win a prize and get a coffee from DOK10
In the spirit of Christmas, Promeras is giving out gifts to those who we care for.
To make in into our 'nice list', please take part in a little quiz that we've prepared for

Participants will receive a coffee voucher from the lovely DOK10 in Erasmus MC. Vouchers can be used from January 2021 till the end of February. 

Want something more than just coffee and up for the challenge?  We have included an optional open end question at the end of the quiz where we would like to hear your best funny and or awkward moment in EMC. The 3 best stories will receive a special prize! We will be giving out special boxes by DOK10 to the lucky 3. 

So please, write something in to cheer us up, that will be your Christmas gift to us. 

To take the survey, click here 
 Mental Health Management workshop

Workshop 3- Postponed 
Dear all, due to the COVID measurements that will last till 19th of January, we regrettably had to postpone our 3rd workshop - Manage time – don’t let it rule you which was planned for in January. This workshop will now be held in February 2021. 

Participants that have already registered for the workshop will receive an email with more information. 

For more information on this workshop: Mentalhealth 
For enquiries and to register, please contact:


In Food For Thought, we have invited several speakers to talk about their work, what they are doing to improve quality of EMC and how that all relates to us PhD candidates. You will have the chance to get to know them and the services that they offer and ask them questions that my be of interest for your PhD journey in EMC.

Talk 1 with Madzy was a huge success and now we move on to talk 2. 

Talk 2, Research Development Office
Career planning for PhD students 

1. Margrietha H. Vink, Managing Director
2. Jennifer J.P. de Wolf-Collins, Funding Advisor
3. Joost Ballering, Funding Advisor

Date: 14th January 2021
Time: 1200-1300

Talk 2 is brought to you by the Research Development Office. This talk will touch upon career planning during and after your PhD. To register for this talk with by the Research Development Office,  please send an email to We really hope to see you all there.


For those that are staying put this end of year and thinking of filling your time with fun activities, give these a go. EUR HR International Office is hosting a number of activities that may be your cup of tea. Have a look below. Due to the latest measurements, the format of some of the planned activities has since changed. Please contact HR International for more information. 

For enquiries and to register, send an email to

Interested in an Online Phd support?

Arjenne Louter

With almost 13 years of experience in supporting students through their PhD journey, Arjenne Louter is a veteran in her line of work. Arjenne is now offering her expertise for PhD students that are interested. Her online session comes every 2 weeks completely free of charge.

Register quick if you are interested.

For more information, enquiries and to register, click here

Contribute to better Research Data Management and win a 50 euro gift card !!

Martijn Kersloot is trying to understand the knowledge and perceptions of medical researchers with regards to Research Data Management and FAIR Data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable Data. Much work is already being done to make research data (more) FAIR, but it is sometimes still difficult for individual researchers to understand exactly what it entails and how they themselves can contribute to making their data FAIR.

With help from you, Martijn wants to map out what medical researchers know from Research Data Management and FAIR, to what extent they make their data FAIR themselves (with the necessary help and training), and how they view the FAIRification process.

To help Martijn, simply complete the survey via the link below. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Ten gift cards of 50 euros from or Amazon will be raffled among all participants. The results of the research are shared with UMCs and ultimately published in order to improve the support of researchers with regard to Research Data Management. 

For enquiries and information, send
Martijn an email
Survey Link:
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