In 1988, several PhD candidates from Maastricht University decided to organize themselves in an association. Since the beginning of 2000, this association goes by the name of ProVUM, which stands for Promovendi Vereniging Universiteit Maastricht. This association set as its goal to represent the interests of all PhD candidates at Maastricht University and its Social Committee opened up socializing space by organizing PhD Parties and institutionalizing the ‘first Thursday of the month PhD drinks’. The founding mothers and main drivers behind these activities were Saskia Bonjour and Mariolina Eliantonio, helped by other very active members of ProVUM such as Gjalt-Jorn Peters and Kees Saarloos.
In September 2007, the former Social Committee of ProVUM (SocCom) has been split off to found the PhD Academy. The main reason was the introduction of a budget from the University supporting networking and education of PhD candidates, while ProVUM’s political actions remain independent from University funding. At this time, the first Board was established by Erik Pot, Daniel Vértesy, Marco Zinzani, and Adrienne Goebbels. This board was active from September 2007 until the end of 2008, when Adrienne left the board and Siu Hing Lo and Stéphanie van Nispen joined. This transition period lasted until September 2009, when Erik and Daniel left the board.
More details can be found in the Yearbook of 2008. The new board of PhD Academy would like to thank all previous board and active members for their ongoing valuable support.