Welcome to a new academic year!
Whether you took some time off this summer or spent your time focusing on your research, the fact is: the quiet summer months are over. The university has come to life again, which is a great time for us to kick-off the new season of P-NUT activities. As is tradition we will do that with our annual PhD day.
This year’s theme will be ‘Professional Career Development – your PhD as a stepping stone in your career’.
The keynote will be given by a (P-N)UT alumnus who was very successful in that – Björn Harink. He will tell his story about post-Ph.D. life, his adventures in The Silicon Valley, crazily (private) funded research universities, and moving back to living like a ‘student’ in his 50+ people co-living house in San Francisco.
The rest of the day we will provide inspiring professional workshops that will give you the tools to broaden your career perspective. Whether at the beginning or at the end of your PhD, whether looking for a job in academia, business, industry or even in politics, this day covers it all. In the evening, you have more time to connect with fellow PhDs during our social dinner. This year will be extra special because we will invite PhDs from the three other technical universities: Wageningen, Eindhoven and Delft, which provides an extra opportunity to expand your social and professional network!
Living Inside the Real “Silicon Valley” House – Björn Harink
I will try to give you a glimpse into how ended up here by telling this in a three-part story:
- Post-Ph.D. life, entrepreneurship, and the importance of getting involved
- Research, advocacy, and living in the U.S of A.
- Living Inside the Real “Silicon Valley” House
Björn Harink moved to Enschede, The Netherlands, to be among the first to study biomedical engineering as a core curriculum, earning his BSc. in 2006 and MSc. in 2008 at the University of Twente, with specializations in biophysics, biochemistry and microfluidics for biomedical applications. In 2014, he received his Ph.D. on researching microfluidic screening methods for regenerative medicine. After, he started working as a R&D project engineer, developing a wireless climate sensing system, while initiating a freelance consulting business. As of 2015, he lives in San Francisco, California to explore the mecca of entrepreneurship and science: The Silicon Valley, starting as postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco, and currently at Stanford University.
As a researcher, he is interested in massively increasing the speed and accuracy we do science by engineering in vitro models, multiplexed (micro-)platforms, and point-of- care systems for healthcare and microbiology research.
As an entrepreneur, he is interested in initiating, pioneering and setting up organizations and teams for advocacy, networking and research.
As a strong believer that the academics and the entrepreneurship need to be closer, he likes to create opportunities that bridge these.
As a human being, he enjoys working in international interdisciplinary teams, which comes from his passion for travelling, meeting and connecting people, and international cuisine. He also loves organizing socials sharing an home-brewed beer, food, combined with Latin dancing.
Registration and lunch
12:30 - 13:00
Opening speech by Academic Transfer
Keynote Speech by Björn Harink
13:00 - 14:00
Parallel workshops - Session I
14:00 - 15:30
Parallel workshops - Session II
15:30 - 17:00
Evening programme - Social dinner
17:30 - onwards