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Symposia and Meetings organized by MGC members


28th MGC symposium - 13 September, 2018, Theater ins Blau, Haagweg 6, 2311 AA Leiden


Each year in September the MGC organizes a one day symposium for their members. The program of the symposium consists of 13 scientific lectures presented by promising, mainly young researchers (PhD students and postdocs) from the different MGC departments. Also the best presenter at the MGC PhD student workshop is invited to give a presentation. The scientific part of the day is capped by a keynote speaker and the symposium is concluded with drinks, small bites and a walking dinner.


Keynote speaker is Prof. John van der Oost, Departement Agrotechnologie en Voedingswetenschappen, Wageningen University and Research

Provisional Program

For a historical overview of all keynote speakers click here and of all programs click here

Section 'DNA repair mechanisms'

This section organizes about once every two months a meeting on Friday mornings. Location is either Rotterdam or Leiden. Coordinators are: Haico van Attikum ( and Wim Vermeulen (

Next meeting: to be announced in due time

Programme Clinical Genetics lectures 2018, Erasmus MC

Lectures are on Thursdays, starting at 16:00 h. For the annual programme visit the website

Next lecture: 20 September, 2018, Wytemaweg 80, Rotterdam

Simon Alberti "Organizing living matter: the emerging role of phase transitions in cell biology and disease",Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany

MGC PhD student workshop, 2019

The PhD workshop is a yearly four-day meeting outside town organised by and for PhD candidates of the MGC. PhD students of the MGC are expected to attend at least three times the workshop. At these workshops they will present their research by giving lectures and poster presentations and by discussing them with each other. In this way PhD students get the chance to share their research and discuss the results in an informal setting, exchange knowledge, build a social network, and have fun. Also two or three keynote speakers will be invited who will not only present research related topics, but topics such as opportunities after your PhD, how do you start a company, how to make a career as research journalist, can also be discussed. These workshops generally take place in May or June. 

PhD students will receive a personal invitation for upcoming workshop. 

A list of members of the different workshop committees of the past ten years including the visited locations can be found here.


MGC Publieksmiddag "Wijzer over DNA" (lezingen zijn in het Nederlands)


Sinds 2007 wordt er ieder jaar op de eerste of tweede zondag van november een publiekslezing georganiseerd onder de noemer " Wijzer over DNA". In de pdf kunnen de programma's van voorgaande jaren ingekeken worden.

De eerstkomende editie is op zondag 4 november in Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Leiden. Het programma wordt op de website geplaatst zodra deze bekend is. Aanmelding kan via een email naar:

 .MGC Public afternoon "Wiser about DNA"

Since 2007, a public lecture under the title "Wiser on DNA" has been organized every year on the first or second Sunday of November. The programs from previous years can be viewed in the pdf.

The next edition will be organized in "Rijksmuseum Boerhaave" on Sunday 4 November, 2018.  The program will be placed on this website in due time. To register send an email too The lectures are in Dutch.

The 5th DNA polymerases meeting - 23 to 26 September, 2018, Leiden, The Netherlands

 More information about the meeting, speakers and registration can be found at the website

 A 2-day scientific meeting “Gene transcription and chromatin in health and disease”, Rotterdam, De Doelen, October 11-12, 2018

to celebrate Frank Grosveld’s scientific achievements during his career, and this shortly after his 70th birthday.

The speakers that we bring together are a mix of former supervisors, mentors, long-standing friends and/or international collaborators of Frank, as well as alumni and young talents of the Cell Biology department, which results in a program reflecting Frank’s versatility and an excellent scientific meeting.

 On the website you can find a preliminary program, the registration form and other information:


Meetings and lectures organized by others

NKI Seminars To view the 2018 program visit the website

PCDI - Postdoc Career Development Initiative - is an organisation that aims at improving awareness of career planning and opportunities among postdocs, PhD students and their employers. They bring together scientists, universities and key players in the life science industry.