Agenda 26Oct2020 RIMLS PhD retreat

General information

Yearly, RIMLS PhD candidates gather for the two-day PhD Retreat. Apart from the science, this event is highly valued for the opportunity to meet and get to know fellow PhD candidates during the social activities.

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General information

Yearly, RIMLS PhD candidates gather for the two-day PhD Retreat. Apart from the science, this event is highly valued for the opportunity to meet and get to know fellow PhD candidates during the social activities.


  • Present scientific data (oral presentation or poster)
  • Discuss data presented by yourself and others
  • Bring together both fundamentally- and clinically-orientated PhD-candidates
  • Get into contact with fellow-PhD candidates

Scientific programme

  • PhD candidates in the last year of their PhD project:
    • Oral presentation
    • Chairing of lecture sessions
  • Other PhD candidates: Poster presentation (in English). This is not obligatory for students who started their PhD project in 2020.
  • Keynote lecture: To be announced.

Social programme

  • Dinner
  • Party on Thursday evening

Format for abstract

To download the format for the abstract, click here.

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • 2 Best lecturer (€ 200 each)
  • 1 Best poster presentation (€ 200)

Registration fee

  • Early Bird before 5 March 2020: € 235,- per person
  • Late registration after 4 March 2020: € 275,- per person
Prices include overnight stay at Conference Center Koningshof in Veldhoven and return travel (please state if bus transfer is required on registration form)

Costs will be charged to your department after the conference.

Cancellation of registration

Cancellation of registration without costs for your department has to be done before 1 April 2020. After this date, full costs will be charged to your department.

First come first serve, so don't register too late (deadline registration 16 March 2020).

Practical information

  • 26 & 27 October 2020

Registration is closed

Due to the overwhelming interest in the PhD retreat the registration has already closed. For the reserve list, please send an email to:


The conference is obligatory for all PhD candidates that participate in the RIMLS PhD Research Training Programme.

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Guidelines Oral presentation            

Instructions for oral presentations​
  • Abstracts from PhD candidates in the last year of their PhD project are selected for an oral presentation.
  • Oral presentations will take place during parallel sessions on Thursday 16 April and Friday 17 April 2020.
  • The oral presentation includes 8 minutes of presentation + 4 minutes discussion and time to change.
  • Two chairs will be assigned to each session. They will keep track of time, introduce the speakers and lead the discussion at the end of each presentation.
  • Please bear in mind that the audience is diverse and may have a different background.
  • Please stick to the time limits! Otherwise the session chair may intervene.
Structure of presentation
  • To make the lecture series more interactive and attractive to all PhD candidates with a different background we would like to ask you to include the following things in your presentation:
o   General definitions of used terminology
o   Clinical relevance/value for society
  • Please bring the slides on a USB stick and name the file: Firstname_Lastname_Datepresentation.ppt
  • At the beginning of the PhD retreat go to the room where your presentation is scheduled and one of the committee members will put your presentation on a central computer. 
Instructions for the session chairs
  • Identify yourself and your co-chair(s) to the audience.
  • Introduce the speakers.
  • Ensure that the session proceeds according to the schedule.
  • Remind each presenter of the time limits that apply. During the presentations enforce time limits strictly.
  • Lead and stimulate the discussion after each presentation. Invite the audience to ask questions. If there are no questions, it is up to the chair to start the discussion.
At the end of the retreat, the jury will select two best Oral presentations of the PhD retreat 2020! 

Guidelines Poster presentation

Instructions for poster presentations
  • Obligatory for all PhD candidates, except for those who have started their PhD project in 2020 and PhD candidates who are selected for an oral presentation.
  • Mount your poster upon arrival on your board, the number is indicated in the abstract book.
  • During the two-day retreat, there will be two 1-hour poster sessions.
  • In each session, around 60 participants will present their work while the others are free to visit the posters of their choice.
Structure of the poster 
  • One poster board and pins will be provided for your poster.
  • The size of the poster board is A0 portrait.
  • Note: Specify the value for society/clinical relevance of your research and try to zoom out to the bigger picture. 
At the end of the retreat, the jury will select the best Poster presentation! 


Escape to Veldhoven! Find the expert you need in workshops and lectures and join your fellow candidates for the party and more!

Full program to be announced. 


DISCO party theme

Dress up and start learning the Hustle, the bumpdance, the YMCA.... The theme of our PhD retreat party is Disco!

Keynote lecture Mark Offerhaus

CEO and founder of Micreos

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Keynote lecture Mark Offerhaus

As antibiotic resistance has become a pressing health concern, Dutch biotech company Micreos developed antibiotic alternatives based on a completely different, targeted approach, using endolysins. Micreos' products have helped hundreds of thousands of people and received millions of investment and is now expanding across North America. As the first to market this innovative technology, what hurdles did Micreos face on its way to success and how did they overcome these?

Keynote lecture Joke den Haan

PhD, Associate Professor at Amsterdam UMC

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Keynote lecture Joke den Haan

Pancreatic and melanoma cancers ask many victims and therapies usually cannot prevent death or relapse, likely caused by a suppressed immune system. Den Haan studies the crosstalk of antigen presenting cells and lymphocytes. With this knowledge and a liposome-based vaccination strategy, den Haan aims to initiate anti-cancer immune responses against pancreatic and melanoma neoplasms.


Increasing impact of your science with Design Thinking.

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Design Thinking is a design methodology that provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. It’s extremely useful in tackling complex problems that are ill-defined or unknown, by understanding the human needs involved, by re-framing the problem in human-centric ways, by creating many ideas in brainstorming sessions, and by adopting a hands-on approach in prototyping and testing. Understanding these five stages of Design Thinking will empower anyone to apply the Design Thinking methods in order to solve complex problems that occur around us — in our companies, in our countries, and even on the scale of our planet.

Abstract submission

Please upload a Word-file, the abstract format can be downloaded by using the link below. Please send the abstract to: download here

Organizing committee

  • Anouk Becker
  • Lucas Bernts
  • Romy Bouwmeester
  • Iris Brummelhuis
  • Patrick Mulder
  • Bastiaan Privé
  • Sophie Raterman
  • Francesca Tiso