RIHS PhD Retreat 2014

Retreat

On November 27th and 28th, the RIHS PhD council organized the fourth RIHS (formerly NCEBP) PhD Retreat at the Hof van Wageningen. Due to the fusion of the former NCEBP and the clinical PhD councils, the attending PhD students had even more different backgrounds than at previous retreats. Their wide variety of research was presented via oral and poster presentations. The quality of the presentations was impressive and the often difficult content was presented in a comprehensive and attractive way. This year, the award for the Best Oral Presenter went to Priyanka Srinivasan of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. Jean-Peal Charbonnier, who works at the Department of Radiology, won the Best Poster Presentation Award.

One of the highlights was the debate, moderated by Bart Kiemeney, Scientific Director of the RIHS. The debate formed a platform for PhD students to discuss PhD related topics, such as the amount of salary, obligatory months spending abroad and the maximum duration of a PhD trajectory. It was an inspiring debate where PhD students ventilated their opinions clearly and showed their commitment to improving the quality of the education within the PhD trajectory. The award for Best Debater was given to Annemarie Post of the Department of Radiotherapy/Laboratory Medicine.

André Knottnerus, chair of the Scientific Council for Government Affairs (WRR), was this year's keynote lecturer. He shared with us an insight into the world where policy making meets science, outlined the importance of both, and emphasized the challenges in combining those.

Aside from the scientific content of the retreat, the knowledge of the PhDs was challenged during the Pubquiz, hosted by quizmaster Jon. From history to entertainment , all the questions were challenging and all teams battled evenly for the Pubquiz trophy!

We would like to thank all attending PhD students for their active participation and we are looking forward to the RIHS PhD retreat 2015! 

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