In 2008, NBIC initiated the Regional Student Group (RSG) - a group of bioinformatics PhD students in the Netherlands - which is part of the world-wide network of RSG's coordinated by the Student Council of the ISCB.
Below the RSG Netherlands introduces herself and welcomes you to the Bioinformatics PhD student group in the Netherlands.
More information about RSG Netherlands can be found here: http://www.iscbsc.org/rsg/rsg-netherlands
Who are we?
We are the Regional Student Group (RSG) in the Netherlands, a group of PhD students and young scientists in the field of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology who aim to initiate and stimulate scientific discussion as well as collaboration between PhD students. We strongly believe that there is a lot to learn from each other and there is nothing more inspiring than working on new ideas together. To achieve this, we closely collaborate with the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC) and the International Society of Computational Biology Student Council (ISCB) from which the RSGs are managed. Being embedded in these organizations allows us to play a stepping-stone role to the national and international networks in bioinformatics and computational biology. The RSG Netherlands is actively participating in this network giving PhD students the opportunity to build a strong contact network in the bioinformatics world.
What do we do for you?
We are creating a scientific and social network for PhD students. This is being achieved, for example, by initiating a series of informal lectures by renowned Dutch scientists (BioCafé) usually in a café/bar. This has been a resounding success; not only because of the interesting talks, but also because it provided a great opportunity to informally talk to fellow PhD students. Moreover, RSG Netherlands organises workshops on topics related to the research field, so far including presentation skills and creative thinking. In the past we also organized a highly inspiring scientific speed-dating event. For pictures of these events please visit: http://picasaweb.google.com/rsgnetherlands. Additionally, the board of the RSG is also invited by NBIC to act as a voice for PhD students in educational affairs.
Why get involved?
Getting involved in the RSG is an excellent platform to exchange ideas and discuss your research topic with other PhD students both on a national and an international level. Creating and maintaining a global network is challenging, and requires opportunities for PhD students to meet each other. The RSG Netherlands has been very successful so far in facilitating this!
Do you want to know more? Do you have ideas? Let us know, become part of our network and join in the discussion.