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P(h)D Council

The IBED P(h)D Council facilitates an open, social environment for PhD candidates and Postdocs to get to know each other and discuss science-(un)related matters. In addition, they provide a link between the management team and the PhD/PD community, and aim to facilitate communication and streamline potential issues. The council also provides advice to the management team regarding topics such as teaching responsibilities, PhD courses and career development.

Monthly meetings 

The PhD/Postdoc council organises monthly events for all IBED PhD candidates and postdocs. This time can also be used to bring forth issues or special remarks that the community would like to communicate to the management. 

Community building 

The PhD/Postdoc council maintains regular communication with the IBED Management. Together, we provide an integral approach for welcoming new members to the institute. We organise social events twice a year, open for all the institute. We also represent  the PhD candidates and Postdocs when providing advice to the management team in matters such as assessments of staff members, tenure tracks, or hiring processes. The council also represents the interests of the community during the open institute-wide meetings (IBED CafĂ©), where staff members and management get together. 

Contact information

Please contact us by sending an email to: 

Committee members

J.C. (Jasper) Croll MSc

Chair | PhD representative TCE

 Jasper Croll is the chair of the PhD-PD council of IBED. Jasper started his PhD in fall 2018 in the Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE) department. His main goal as a member of the PhD-PD council is to bring the PhDs and postdocs of IBED together and strengthen the social and scientific contacts between all of them.  As a chair of the council he will mainly focus on supporting all the wonderful initiatives of the  fellow council members.

E.L. (Elspeth) Sage MSc

PhD representative TCE

By joining the council Elspeth hopes to help facilitate social and academic integration for new and international PhDs alongside helping to support the PhD and Postdoc community at IBED through the organisation of a wide variety of events. 

M. (Max) Anders

PhD representative EPB

Exchange between scientists, both professionally and socially, is very important - for our research and for a good working environment. Max is a PhD candidate from EPB. Together with Maja, he is organising the monthly PhD/PostDoc events where PhD candidates and PostDocs come together to talk about skills, career issues or to just have a good time. He is also organising the monthly IBED seminars together with Sara.

M. (Maja) Bradaric MSc

PhD representative TCE

The role of the PhD-postdoc council at the Institute is very important, because it helps PhDs and postdocs communicate their problems, start their initiatives and form a strong community, not only amongst themselves, but also with other councils and individual employees at the Institute. Within the council, Maja is primarily focusing on strengthening a PhD-postdoc community by helping organize different events that have a goal to improve skills, solve potential issues that arise during PhD-postdoc trajectory and create a platform where people can share knowledge, experiences and help each other in reaching their joint goal.

L.N. (Lia) Corbett

PhD representative FAME

Lia Corbett started her PhD in the fall of 2020 at IBED in conjunction with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). She will be the IBED representative for the FNWI PhD Council. As a PhD candidate working externally on the island of Texel, one of her goals is to share information with PhDs located both at UvA and at other research institutions, and encourage their continual integration with IBED. 

S. (Sebastiaan) Koppelle

PhD representative FAME

Sebastiaan is a PhD candidate in the Freshwater and Marine Ecology (FAME) department of IBED and joined the P(h)D council in 2019. His main goal of joining the council is to serve as a representative for new and existing PhD candidates and Postdocs within the FAME department and to contribute to the development and maintenance of a healthy work environment.

S. (Sara) Campana MSc

PhD representative FAME

Sara is a PhD candidate in the Freshwater and Marine Ecology (FAME) department of IBED and is one of the committee members involved in organising the monthly IBED Seminars. 

N.H. (Nina) Witteveen MSc

PhD representative ELD

Nina is a PhD candidate in the Ecosystem and Landscape department (ELD). She aims to make the scientific community diverse, inclusive and supportive. By joining the council Nina wants to contribute to the communication between the PhD Council, the ELD research department and the Diversity Sounding Board. She is one of the committee members involved in organising the monthly IBED seminars.

Carl is responsible for the career events. Three to four times a year, the P(h)D council invites a number of people that obtained a PhD degree in Life Sciences to talk about their career after they finished their PhD. The overall aim is to expose PhD candidates and postdocs to a variety of different career paths.

Previous IBED P(h)D council members

R. (Rachid) Chafi MSc

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

X. (Xia) Meng

PhD representative ELD