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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:

  • Mental Health workgroup
  • International PhDs workgroup
  • Social and networking activities


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

May 27nd – Food For Thought 6
Systematic searching, databases, and an overview of the services provided by the Erasmus MC Medical Library
Speaker: Wichor Bramer, PhD
Biomedical information specialist, Erasmus MC Medical Library
Date: 27nd of May
Time: 12.00-13.00
Location: Online
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June 2nd – Workshop “Know Your Rights”
This workshop will address the current rights and duties established in the collective labour agreement for the Dutch University Medical Centers (CAO-UMC) and discuss related issues that you currently encounter as a PhD candidate. 
Speakers: Marc Vervuurt and Manon te Dorsthorst (from PNN)
Date: 2nd of June
Time: 16.00-17.00
Location: Online
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June 5th – Scavenger hunt!
Promeras invites you to discover the little secrets of Rotterdam, so come join us on a Scavenger hunt around the city on the 5th of June! 
Date: 5th of June
Location: Rotterdam
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June 24th – Food For Thought 7
How to present yourself and your research on social media: tips & tricks
Speaker: Maaike van Zuilen
Date: 24th of June
Time: 12.00-13.00
Location: Online (unless corona-restrictions will allow a face-to-face session)
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Merel Mol

Chair, External affairs & Task force Mental Health

Merel is a PhD candidate at the Alzheimer Center, the Department of Neurology. Her project focusses on the genetics of frontotemporal dementia.
Besides her function as chair, she represents Promeras at Promovendi Netwerk Netherlands (PNN), and focuses on mental health related issues amongst PhD candidates.

Sarah Moen

Internal affairs & External affairs

Sarah is a PhD candidate at the department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.  Her project focuses on colon capsule endoscopy in colorectal cancer screening. She represents Promeras at “Promovendi Netwerk Nederland” (PNN) and in the Erasmus MC PhD committee. 

Laurine Rijsbergen

Digital affairs & Communications, Internal affairs

Laurine is a PhD candidate at the department of Viroscience.
For Promeras, she is involved in digital communication (Instagram, Facebook and website), represents Promeras in the Erasmus MC PhD committee and is part of the Diversity & Inclusion workgroup

Isabella Zampeta

Task force International students

Isabella is a PhD candidate at the department of Neuroscience. Her project focuses on the molecular aspects of Angelman Syndrome, a  neurodevelopmental disease.
Within Promeras, she is responsible for organizing a Task force for international PhD students, aiming to deal with the issues they are facing in Erasmus MC and to provide information and help when needed.

Mila Welling

External affairs and Task Force Mental Health

Mila is a PhD candidate at the department of Endocrinology, division of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. Her project focusses on treatment of genetic obesity. She represents Promeras at “Promovendi Netwerk Nederland” (PNN).  Moreover, she will be involved in the project about mental health-related issues amongst PhD candidates and Erasmus Tour.

Felix Theunissen

Treasurer & Acquisition

Felix is a PhD candidate at the department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. His project focusses on quality assurance and structured reporting. Within Promeras he is treasurer and responsible for acquisition.

Lucia Giannini

Task force Mental Health & Task Force International Students

Lucia is a PhD candidate at the Department of Neurology. Her PhD project focuses on the role of neuroinflammation in the pathophysiology of frontotemporal dementia, a young-onset form of dementia. Within Promeras, Lucia is involved in promoting mental health amongst PhD students and in organizing resources and activities for the international PhD community at the Erasmus MC.

Anouk Heuvelmans

Communication and Promotion

Anouk is a PhD candidate at the department of Clinical Genetics. Her project focusses on the electrophysiological deficits in mouse models and induced Pluripotent Stem Cells of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, a neurodevelopmental disorder. Within Promeras, she is involved in promoting the visibility via newsletters and events.

Fleur Marijnissen

Acquisition & Communications, Secretary

Fleur is a PhD candidate at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and her project focusses on premalignant gastric lesions and colorectal cancer screening.

Suzanne van Wijck

Task force international students & digital communication

Suzanne is a PhD candidate at the department of Trauma surgery. Her work focuses on advancing the treatment of rib fractures. At Promeras she is involved in the international task-force and in digital communication.