Symposium 2015

Uncertain about which direction to take after your Master or PhD? Get inspiration at the third annual SURE symposium ‘THE NEXT STEP: Career Perspectives for Young Biomedical Scientists’, on Friday 8th of May (9:30-16:00) at the Erasmus MC in Ae-406 (Josephine Nefkens building).

Speakers from academia, industry, science policy and communication will present their careers and guide you in making a decision for your own. The symposium is organized by the Union for Research Master Students of the Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam (SURE) and open to all. Attendance is free, food and coffee will be provided.

Registration is not necessary for participation, but appreciated (allows us to calculate the amount of lunch/dinner). We recommend registration if you need the 0.3 ECTS for your course (e.g. molmed or I&I). Students from other programs/universities can receive a certificate of attendance to coordinate ECTS with their faculty. Register HERE. You will receive a confirmation email with the programme and lecture times. Should you not receive a confirmation email (check “spam/junk” folder if you use a provider such as hotmail or gmail) please email directly and we will register you.


Symposium’s programme:

9:30 – 16:45 at the Erasmus MC in Ae-406 (Josephine Nefkens building)


09.30                   Symposium opening


09.30                   Lizzy Boonen, Career Counselor

“Prepare yourself for the future”


10.15                   Moniek Vedder, medical consultant, Erasmus MC

“Career perspectives to biomedical students: to PhD or not to PhD?”


11.00                   Coffee break


11.30                   Rogier Louwen, politician PvdA Oosterhout, group leader Erasmus MC

“From Analyticus to Politicus”


12.15                   Justine Peeters, former AgendiaNV, Molecular Diagnostics company

“From Academics to Industry as a Scientist: Choosing to make the step over”


13.00                   Lunch break


14.00                   Hosea Handoyo, Crabbe Consulting LTD, Germany

“Life after Science: The possibility of career in Policy, Innovation and (Bio)business”


14.45                   Pavlina Konstantinova, Uniqure, Gene Therapy company

“Scientific career paths in biopharmaceutical industry: using uniQure as an example.”


15.30                   Coffee break


16.00                   Tjakko van Ham, group leader, Erasmus MC

“Serendipity and how I got here”


16.45                   Symposium closure


17.00                   Borrel