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MGC PhD student workshop

The MGC PhD workshop is a four-day meeting outside town organised every year by and for PhD candidates of the MGC (Medisch-Genetisch Centrum Zuid-West Nederland). The MGC is a joint effort of the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam and the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) to execute top level scientific research in the area of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology with the final goal to advance science and to improve the quality of human life. At the same time the institutions serve as training facilities for graduate and PhD students.

During this workshop, around 100 PhD students from LUMC, Erasmus MC and Leiden University get the chance to present their research by giving lectures and poster presentations and by discussing them with each other. In this way PhD students get the chance to share their research and discuss the results in an informal setting, exchange knowledge, build a social network, and have fun. The attendance to the workshop is part of the PhD program and PhD students should attend the workshop at least three times during their PhD. Also two or three keynote speakers will be invited who will not only present research related topics, but topics such as opportunities after your PhD, how do you start a company, or how to make a career as research journalist.

All departments belonging to MGC graduate program can be found here.

Location of MGC PhD Workshop 2019!

Dear PhD students,

It is our pleasure to announce that MGC workshop of 2019 will be held from 4th to 7th June. As of our announcement drinks, the secret in now out. The location of the workshop will be in Maastricht! Registration is now closed. There is a limited number of places so be sure to register as soon as possible. 

Be sure to keep in mind the guidelines below. 

Your MGC committee for 2019

Fanny Boyaval, LUMC

Elena Daoutsali, LUMC

Maja Vukic, LUMC

Tamara Blyszcz, LUMC

Ilias Boltsis, Erasmus MC

Thomas van Staveren, Erasmus MC

Yannicka Mardenborough, Erasmus MC





  • Participants can register online until the 15th March
  • In order to ‘recognize’ each other, we would like you to upload a photo of yourself during the registration, which will be added to the booklet 
  • Abstracts and photos can be either submitted directly via your registration on the website, or send in later via e-mail ( until the submission deadline
  • The registration fee is €20,- per PhD student, which will be collected during the departure to the workshop

Guidelines for Abstracts

  • Abstract body text is limited to 250-400 words

  • Abstracts can be either submitted directly via your registration on the website, or send in later via e-mail ( until the submission deadline 

  • All the abstracts will be available in a booklet during the workshop