Welcome to the Promeras website

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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

  • Nov 26th: Erasmus Tour met Just Eekhof:  Huisarts, docent en epidemioloog verbonden aan het LUMC
    Time: 17.00
    Location: Zoom (Meeting ID: 854 0523 3346 – Passcode: 028169)
  • Dec 2nd: Mental Health Management workshop 2:  How to increase resilience
    Time: 16.00-17.30
    Location: Erasmus MC/Online
  • Jan 6th: Mental Health Management workshop 3:  Manage time – don’t let it rule you
    Time: 16.00-17.30
    Location: Erasmus MC/Online
  • Feb 3rd: Mental Health Management workshop 4:  The importance of the 3 R’s: Rest, Relax and Recover  
    Time: 16.00-17.30
    Location: Erasmus MC/Online
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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. 

Rama Wahab

Acquisition & Communications, Secretary

Rama is a PhD candidate at the Generation R Study and the Department of Pediatrics.
She is responsible for the acquistition, digital communications (newsletter and website) of Promeras and is involved in organizing the Erasmus Tour.

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.

Wilson Lim

Communication, Promotion and Task Force International Students

Wilson is a PhD candidate in the department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and he is working on drug discovery and developing in vitro infection models for a neglected tropical disease called Mycetoma. Here Wilson is involved in promoting the visibility of Promeras via newsletters and events. Together with Isabella, Wilson is also involved in the affairs of international PhD students. 

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.