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Observant’s Science Journalism workshop for UM scientists

Sep 24 2017 Published by under Academic, Activities

Would you like to make complex issues accessible for a wide audience? Keen to learn how to write about science for a broad readership? How to avoid jargon and explain complicated subject matter clearly, step by step? Then check out Observant’s Science Journalism course (in Dutch and English).

In one morning or afternoon session, professional journalists teach researchers the do’s and don’ts of writing about your research for a lay audience.

Before the workshop, you will be asked to describe your own work in 100 words. During the workshop a researcher will give a ‘press conference’ on his or her research. The participants receive a press release, can ask questions and are asked to write an article based on the information provided. Please bring your laptop or tablet, pen and paper.

The workshops are scheduled for the morning (9.30–12.00) and afternoon (13.30–16.00) of Thursday 9 November 2017. A minimum of six and a maximum of eight participants will take part in each session; in the event of greater demand an additional workshop will be organized. Participants receive a certificate upon completion.

Price per participant: €125

Interested? Please contact Riki Janssen, editor in chief Observant ( or 043-3885384).

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One Day Play

Mar 06 2017 Published by under Activities, Cultural, Theatre

Not sure whether acting is something for you, but curious to find out? Always wanted to be a true actor and take your place on the big stage, but have little spare time? Or simply want to have fun with a group of fellow-PhDs? Either way, the One Day Play is something for you!

During the One Day Play we will literally make a theatre play in one single day. Starting from scratch, you will create, practice, and perform a short theatre play on Sunday March 19th. You’ll work in small groups under the guidance of an experienced director, and together you will perform the play that very evening in the Pesthuys Podium.

No prior experience is necessary!

Sign-up via this link right here:

Date: Sunday March 19th, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Location: Pesthuys Podium, Vijfkoppen 1
Price: 15 Euros (including lunch, dinner & drinks)

We look forward to playing theatre with you soon!

The PhD Theatre Committee

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An evening of theatre: “Confusions”

Dec 09 2016 Published by under Theatre

PhD Academy Theatre Committee invites you all to our very first theatre play: “CONFUSIONS” , a play written by Alain Ayckbourn and directed by John Ramaekers. The 15 actors, mostly PhD students, will take you through 1,5 hours of crazy neighbours, desperate men,  a failed dinner, and a village party gone wrong.

Play dates are friday January 20 & saturday January 21, 2017 at ‘t Magisch Theatertje in Maastricht. Doors open at 19.30 and the play starts at 20.00.

Tickets are 5 euro for PhD students of Maastricht University and 10 euro for non-PhD students. Buy your ticket here:

Check the facebook event to see who else is coming. We hope to see you there!


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Movie Night | La La Land

Dec 07 2016 Published by under Cinema


Dear cineasts!

PhD Academy invites all PhD candidates to the premiere of “La la land” on Wednesday, December 14, at 20:30 at cinema Lumière.

Tickets are €5.00, including two free drinks. You can buy your tickets online, or reserve them by calling Lumière at 043-3214080. When calling, register under PhD Academy instead of under “La la land”. Please call Lumière in case of cancellations.

PLEASE NOTE that this event is exclusively for PhDs of Maastricht University

Join the facebook event and see who else is coming.

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PhD Academy Poker Tournament Vol 1

Dec 04 2016 Published by under Activities, Social, Uncategorized

Dear PhD friends,

PhD Academy Maastricht proudly presents the next event this year: The PhD Academy Poker tournament Vol 1

Do you feel the attraction of poker? Do you think you have the skills it takes to beat your fellow PhDs? Or do you just want to learn the rules of the game?

Then join us!  PhD Academy Maastricht organizes a poker tournament including a training session upfront!

We start with a rookie training session, explaining the rules and play a bit for fun. Afterwards the official tournament starts. We play a traditional Freeze-Out system without Rebuy, Texas Hold’em.

The participants’ fee is 8 Euros. There will be a price for the X-best, which we will announced with the start of the tournament. In addition, 2 free drinks are included.

ATTENTION: Spots are limited to 20 players and registration needs to be done until 9.12. !!!
Buy your tickets here.

Date: 15th of December
Location: Eetcafe de Preuverij (in the room upstairs), Kakeberg 6
18:30 – 19:15: Rookie training session
19:15: start of the tournament

Join our Facebook event to see who else is going.


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PhD Improv Show

Dec 15 2015 Published by under Theatre, Uncategorized


improv showDear friends of PhD Academy,

PhD Improv group is inviting you for a special performance. During our Improv Show, different theatre games will be played and different characters, stories will emerge… On the spot!

The entrance is free! Join us and help us decide on the ‘rules of the game’. Let the show be as much a surprise for us as it will be for you!

Please arrive 15 minutes in advance to secure a seat!

• Date: January 16th
• Time: 20.00
• Location: Kumulus theatre, Herbenusstraat 89,5.6829151,16z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1skumulus+theatre!3m1!1s0x0:0x3a503e2f5146af77
• Price: Free!!
We hope to see you there!

Join the Facebook event and see who else is coming.

PhD Academy theatre committe


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Folklore Dance Series: South Italien

May 09 2014 Published by under Dance


PhD Academy presents:

• Tarantella: South Italian folklore group dance
• Calabrisella: Folklore dance from Calabria




• For PhD students and their friends
• Fee:5€ (Late registration: 10€).
• 2 Free drinks.
• Register:

• Have no clue what it is? If you know Godfather, Harry Potter, Tarantino, etc. then you have seen the dance or at least heard the music without knowing its name!

• Folklore Dance Series? Our new series of dance events are focused on “Folklore” dances from different parts of the world. The main goal is to socialise and have fun while learning a new local group dance. So, the format is casual: 60-90 minutes of training followed by party with the same theme.



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PhD Movie – the Casting

Feb 07 2014 Published by under Activities, Theatre

Dear friends of PhD academy,

Did you always wanted to shine on the big screen? Do you like acting or want to find out if you like it? This is your chance!

We are intending to make a movie about the struggles of PhD life. Two best friends PhDs have to fight for only one post-doc position. Will their friendship last?

Casting will be 22th of February from 2-6 pm!


Our PhD movie is an amateur production, intended to give us some nice memory of our PhD life, and to show the world our PhD life. No prior experience is necessary! Every PhD that will come to the casting is ensured for a role in the movie!

Sign up for the casting before the 18th of February. Dialogs to practice will be provided that day. Please subscribe by sending an email to and more info will be provided and don’t forget the check the facebook page for more information.

Hope to see you!

PhD Movie Makers & PhD Theatre Committee

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Movie Night: Her

Jan 28 2014 Published by under Cinema, Cultural



The PhD Academy invites all PhD candidates to the premier of ‘Her´ on Wednesday 19 February at 19.30 in cinema Lumière (Bogaardenstraat 40b).

Tickets are €5.00, including two free drinks. You can buy your tickets online here, or reserve them by calling Lumière at 043-3214080. When calling, register under PhD Academy instead of under ‘Her ´. Please call the Lumière-desk in case of cancellations.

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Invitation | Movie night: Samsara

Nov 29 2013 Published by under Cinema, Cultural


The PhD Academy invites all PhD candidates to the premier of ‘Samsara’ on Wednesday 11 December at 19.30 in cinema Lumière (Bogaardenstraat 40b).

Tickets are €5.00, including two free drinks. You can buy your tickets online here, or reserve them by calling Lumière at 043-3214080. When calling, register under PhD Academy instead of under ‘Samsara’. Please call the Lumière-desk in case of cancellations.

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