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What is Promeras?

We advocate the rights of all PhD candidates on the institutional and national level

We aspire for high quality supervision and education

We organize social events to promote networking among fellow PhD candidates

We represent all the PhD candidates in Erasmus MC and our main goal is to stand up for their rights, may it be the rights to receive the highest quality supervision or the rights to have the best education. A PhD trajectory may often feel like an individual course, though many are faced with similar obstacles. Promeras functions as a platform for PhD candidates to connect with each other and offer aid to enquiries and issues that PhD candidates may face.

Promeras advises the Erasmus MC PhD Committee on the PhD Education Policy, and solicits attention for certain topics when needed. Within Promeras, several subcommittees exist to address specific matters such as mental health and issues international PhD candidates may encounter. We also organizes social events to promote networking within PhD candidates in Erasmus MC.

Promeras is a member of EPAR (Erasmus PhD Association Rotterdam) and PNN (PhD Network Netherlands). With regular meetings with the PhD representatives of other universities, we discuss and address matters on both the institutional and national level. We strive to learn from each other and together stand up to fight for the rights of all PhD candidates in the Netherlands.

Within Promeras:

  • Well being workgroup
  • International PhDs workgroup
  • Social and networking activities


  • Erasmus MC PhD committee
  • Erasmus PhD Association Rotterdam (EPAR)
  • PhD Network Netherlands (PNN)
  • Diversity & Inclusion workgroup
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Upcoming events

Interested in joining our seasonal activities or educational events? Amazing! To stay up to date, keep a close eye on our newsletter and socials, and don’t forget to sign up once a new event is announced.

We are excited to see you there!

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For our newsletter

Please sign up here to receive the Promeras newsletter and become a Promeras member.

Be aware: please do so via Google Chrome.

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Diaz Prameyllawati

Diversity & Inclusion, International taskforce

Diaz is a PhD candidate at the department of Public Health. Her project is related to health technology assessment, specifically focusing on the costs and effects of (personalized) treatments for inherited bleeding disorders. Within Promeras, she aims to focus on international PhDs and to work on the diversity and inclusion taskforce.

Franka de Jong

Digital affairs & Communications

As a PhD candidate at the Developmental Biology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology departments, Franka studies the chromosome and chromatin dynamics of human preimplantation embryos. For Promeras, she is involved in the organization of social events, as well as achieving visibility of the events on social media.

Isabel Bär

Career Development, International taskforce, Social activities

Isabel is joining us from the department of Hematology, where she is doing a PhD studying gene therapy approaches for the bleeding disorder Von Willebrand Disease. For Promeras she is involved in organizing events for both career development and social activities. She also wants to support international PhD students working at the Erasmus MC.

Lesley Patmore

Treasurer & Acquisition

Lesley is a PhD candidate at the department of Gastroenterolgy and Hepatology. She studies the long-term outcomes of patients with chronic hepatitis B and D. At Promeras, she is treasurer and she is responsible for acquisition.

Maurits Unkel

Chair, Communication & Promotion, Mental health taskforce, EPAR/EUR, Erasmus Tour

Maurits is a PhD candidate at the department of Psychiatry, where he works as a neuroinformatician. He joined Promeras as a very enthousiastic team player who is actively looking to improve mental health and well being of PhD candidates in general. Maurits also works on the newsletter that you receive at the end of each month.

Miliaan Zeelenberg


Joining us from the Department of Trauma Surgery is Miliaan Zeelenberg. He fulfils the role of secretary within the board, as well as join the meetings from PNN and LOUP to maintain a helicopter view of PhD organizations in the Netherlands.

Niek van der Maas

Communication & Promotion, PNN/LOUP, AAV, Workwise

Niek works as a PhD candidate at the department of Hematology and is especially driven to strengthen the PhD community within the Erasmus MC. For Promeras, Niek will send out our monthly newsletter together with Maurits. He is also involved in PNN/LOUP, the AAV and he attends the Workwise meetings.