The PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN) is the national organization that represents the interests of PhD candidates who work at one of the 14 Dutch universities, at one of the 8 University Medical Centers or, at one of the 5 research centers.

The main objective of PNN is to safeguard the interests of all PhD candidates, regardless of whether they are employed at a Dutch University, a University Medical Center, or otherwise engaged with PhD research.

In case you have any issues that are of interest for all PhDs, contact your PhD council, they have regular contact with PNN.

Link website: http://www.hetpnn.nl/

UMC Workforce

The UMC Workforce is a committee of PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN). It was established in 2015 in times of the changes regulations of the BIG register. The workforce represents all UMC PhD candidates from the eight UMCs in the Netherlands. Two PhD candidates are involved from every UMC.

The UMC workforce acts as a speaking partner and advisory body for national stakeholders. An example is the Ministry of Health and the Federation of Medical specialists. In addition, we try to jointly address issues that apply to the Dutch UMCs and which benefit from cooperation at national level. An example is the duration of contracts. There are many differences between universities and it is not always organized the way it should be. Last but not least, the workforce is a place to exchange experiences and issues that are relevant for all eight UMCs.

In case you have any issues that are of interest for all PhDs, contact your PhD council, they have regular contact with PNN and the UMC workforce and have the ability to address issues at national level.