Graduate school Corona News

Because of the corona precautions the Graduate School office will not be open on a regular basis. Please contact us by e-mail ( Appointments with the PhD Candidate Advisors will take place by phone/video call. Preferably, please do not slid forms (registration, iTSA, PhD Track Support) under the door, but scan them and send them by e-mail.

The Office of Doctorate Affairs is not open on a regular basis. Please contact us by e-mail (

All courses / working groups and meetings have been canceled until further notice. Some courses have been replaced by online editions. See here for more information:

Collaboration VSNU, NFU, NWO and ZonMw together with the PhD Network Netherlands and PostdocNL during the COVID-19 Crisis.

Much research has been halted due to the COVID-19 crisis. In many cases, researchers no longer have access to labs or data collections, or are temporarily unable to collect data. Some researchers must give priority to self-deployment in the hospital for the benefit of patient care. This has a major impact on Dutch research and presents researchers with major challenges. VSNU, NFU, NWO and ZonMw are working together with the PhD Network Netherlands and PostdocNL to find solutions to the bottlenecks that the researchers experience. The basic principles here are that health is more important than research, that research should in all fairness be given the opportunity to be completed and that customization will be necessary to do justice to the diversity of problems. These principles are explained in detail in the accompanying statement: Statement in Dutch

On April the 22th the AMC Excecutive Board and the AMR arranged an online teams session,

On April the 22th an online teams session was held to update and inform researchers about the latest news regarding research at the Amsterdam UMC. Numerous questions were asked during the session. How it should be with promotion ceremonies, when experiments and research can be resumed, how the delay that has now arisen can be compensated for. These are all questions that confirm that the research community is also being seriously affected by the Covid epidemic.

You can read more about this session via: The Online Teams Session of April 22th ! A summery of this online meeting where the impact of Corona on Research was discussed by prof. Hans Romijn, Chris Polman (Executive Board Amsterdam UMC, chairman and dean), prof. Mat Daemen (Board AMR BV), Janine Stolwijk (Graduate School), prof. Joost Wiersinga (Chairman, department of Infectious Diseases, internist-infectiologist) is also provided. You can read this summery via the download document:

Livestreams of PhD defences available soon on UvA-YouTube

From Friday, 15 May, UvA PhD defences will be livestreamed on the university’s YouTube channel. This means that friends, family and colleagues of the PhD candidates, as well as other interested parties, can attend the ceremonies, which are currently taking place online via Zoom.

The livestreams are ‘unlisted’ on the UvA YouTube channel; that is, you need a direct link to follow a livestream. Doctoral candidates will receive the link from the Office of the Beadle and can then share it with friends, family and colleagues. In addition, the links are added to the Defence Ceremony Announcements (in Dutch) on the UvA’s website, so that other interested parties can also take note.

The link to a livestream will only be added in the web announcement if the doctoral candidate has agreed to this (the Office of the Beadle will ask each doctoral candidate for explicit permission in advance). Immediately after the ceremony ends, the link will be deactivated and the stream will be removed. Of course, the consultations of the defence committee will - as always – be held in private and therefore not visible in the livestreams.

Online workshop (1.5 hours) "Work and private life in balance, also or just during corona"


Combining work and private life is not easy, is stressful at times. Especially if you are double income earners. It is in fact dividing three jobs between two people. Or, as single you would like to work in order to live, and the other way round. What are handles to make combining work and private fun and challenging and to regulate your stress in a relaxed way. And what can a corona crisis bring us? This workshop is about these themes. Afterwards, hopefully you experience more relieve in this corona crisis and work more happily as part of your whole life.


During the workshop, various aspects will be discussed:

• Thinking model: time-money-energy

• Inventory of tasks in hours and experience;

• Gender differences in combining work and private life;

• Thinking in and coordinating long-term perspectives and phases

• Pleasure and stress balance;

• Recognizing and organizing recovery moments.


The workshop is given by an A&O psychologist (f) and a company social worker (m) and is offered in Dutch or English.



You participate via MS Teams with a laptop for 1.5 hours.


You make two assignments in advance (2 x 30 minutes, preferably a week in advance). The first assignment is a division of tasks in hours, where you make a comparison with your partner or with an estimate and realized number of hours of yourself. The second assignment is to write a mission statement and / or in combination with a reflection on what the corona crisis has brought you. The reason for this last assignment is that combining work and private life, during and after Corona, requires a recalibration and overarching focus of your work and private life. If you have a partner, it is nice to do the two assignments that you are asked to do in advance.


You can send an email to psa-arbo@ After registration you will receive a number of date options to participate and two home assignments will be emailed to you. You can also indicate whether you want to follow the workshop in English or Dutch.


The workshop has a maximum number of 6 participants.