Programme and registration

A PhD, is that for me?

Are you thinking about your future? Do you want to apply your mathematical knowledge in a company, or continue your education first by pursuing a PhD degree? 
With this one-day event for students in both theoretical and applied mathematics we aim to showcase the benefits of doing a PhD. We have invited speakers from many different areas in mathematics.

When: February 4, 2022
Where: Minnaertgebouw, Utrecht University
Target audience: (3rd year) bachelor students and master students in mathematics studying at a university in the Netherlands. Especially women are encouraged to join.
Registration form: registration has closed.
– In person participants should have received an email on January 28th. If not, please check your spam box.
– Participants in the livestream should have received an email on February 2nd with the link to the livestream. If not, please check your spam box.
– All participants have received a separate email with an invitation to participate in the survey (see below).

Corona update
The event can be organised within the current Corona measures. Participants will receive an information email with the Corona regulations at the event (e.g. QR-code).

  • Nelly Litvak, University of Twente
  • Fieke Dekkers, RIVM
  • S.J. (Anna) Fokma, Utrecht University
  • Anastasiia Hraivoronska, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Margherita Pagano, Leiden University
  • Teodora Pandeva, University of Amsterdam
Do’s and don’ts when applying for a PhD in mathematics

Speakers: Martina Chirilus-Bruckner and David Holmes

Having trouble writing a motivation letter? How long should it be? What to include and what to omit? Our speakers, professors at Leiden University, will give advice on what to focus while writing a CV and motivation letter for a PhD position. They will also share examples of good and bad practices.

The next two workshops run in parallel and students choose which one to attend.

Impostor Syndrome

Speakers: The Diversity Company

You have a good education, and everyone is full of praise for you. But still you always hear that little voice in your head: when does everyone discover that I really can’t do anything?

People who suffer from Imposter Syndrome set the bar mercilessly high for themselves and underestimate their own performance. No matter how well they do their job, no matter how many degrees or compliments they receive, they are constantly afraid of being exposed because they persistently doubt their own qualities.

Outcomes of a Phd

Speaker: Chiat Cheong

Common myth: “After 4 years of a PhD I only developed skills to continue with research.”

In this workshop we focus on a wide range of skills that PhD students develop throughout their research years. Our speaker, Chiat Cheong, is a scientist who made a transition from academic career and her professional mission became: making PhDs and postdocs aware of their potential and providing support in their career development.


Mar Curco Iranzo, Utrecht University

Mia Jukić, Leiden University

Sanne Willems, Leiden University

Contact us via: phdeventmath@gmail.com.


In case you are not able to join the in person event, you can watch the livestream of all the plenary talks online. You can indicate your preference for the livestream in the registration form and then we provide the link a week before the event.

Joining the event in person has several advantages: 

  • You can ask questions to the speakers.
  • You can join the parallel workshops (these are not live streamed nor recorded).
  • You can talk to the PhD volunteers that we invited to answer your questions during breaks.

Limited places
Note that the number of participants is limited so we may need to make a selection from the registrations. Hence, registration does not guarantee a place. We will inform everyone after the deadine. 

The participation in the event is free of charge and we offer two workshops to each student. In return we ask you to participate in our short survey consisting of one questionnaire before the event and one questionnaire after the event. Participation is not obligatory, but highly appreciated and valuable as the data from the survey will be used to:

  • detect your perception about doing a PhD, so that we give extra attention to those during the event;
  • measure the effect of the event, so that we know whether an event like this is useful to help you make a decision, and whether we should organise it regularly in the future;
  • collect feedback about the event, so that we know what to improve for any future events like these.