Agenda RIMLS PhD retreat 2019

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. More information about the program and registration will follow soon.

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General information

The registration is now closed.

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 2019.
  • Keynote lecture: An interesting keynote speaker is invited for the program: prof. dr. Christoph Lüthy.

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 4 February: € 225,- per person
  • Late registration after 4 February: € 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 March 2019. After this date, full costs will be charged to your department.

Hotel rooms

First come first serve, so don't register too late

Registration Required

The registration is closed.

Organizing committee

  • Marilen Benner
  • Vince Biemans
  • Anique ter Braake
  • Estel Collado Camps
  • Paola de Haas
  • Daan Panneman
  • Caroline Sieverink
  • Minke Smits
  • Xander Staal


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 students in the last year of their PhD project are selected for an oral presentation.
  • Oral presentations will take place during parallel sessions on Thursday 14 March and Friday 15 March.
  • 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 students 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 2019! 

Guidelines Poster presentation

Instructions for poster presentations
  • Obligatory for all PhD students, except for those who have started their PhD project in 2019 and PhD students who are selected for an oral presentation.
  • Mount your poster upon arrival on your board, the number is indicated in the abstract book.
  • In the two-day retreat, there will be a two 1-hour poster sessions (one for group A, one for group B).
  • 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!

You can download the preliminary program here.


Keynote lecture

Christoph Lüthy, Radboud University

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Keynote lecture

Professor Christoph Lüthy has a double training in philosophy and the history of science. He has published much on the Scientific Revolution, and notably on the birth of the modern sciences, including medicine. In his lecture, he will focus on one of his favourite themes: the issue of visualisation of scientific and medical theories, and the evolution of visual techniques such as diagrams, models, and microscopical imagery. He will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different types of visual representation across the long history of Western medicine, beginning with Antiquity and ending with the present age.

Practical information

  • 14 & 15 March 2019


Our brains process visual information much better and easier than textual information. In this workshop, we will think about how we can translate scientific information and ideas into a clear visual presentation. We will look for the story behind the data and decide which visualisations will tell the story best. You will also gain some hand-on experience as you will be working on an infographic with a team.
via Loes Vissers
Loose Communication