written by Alexander on 29 October 2009

The Erasmus PhD Association Rotterdam (EPAR) was founded in 1993 under the former name “InterFacultair AIO-Overleg Rotterdam” (IFAR). Since its foundation EPAR has been exerting itself to protect the interests of all PhD candidates at the Erasmus University (EUR). EPAR’s mission is to help create an Erasmus University that provides an even more attractive and inspiring working and research climate for its PhD candidates.

What does EPAR do?
EPAR represents all PhD candidates of the Erasmus University and Medical Center. We cooperate with the PhD councils from the departments to give PhD candidates a face and a voice at the university level. EPAR organizes drinks and other social events, provides information for PhD candidates, and maintains contacts with the policy makers of the university. EPAR also has a close cooperation with PhD Network the Netherlands (PNN) and is therefore always informed about political issues that may be relevant for PhDs. You might know EPAR from the PhD day in September, a day for all PhDs that includes lectures and workshops about the various skills and qualities that are needed for the successful completion of your PhD trajectory and beyond. Or from the yearly PhD of the year award, where one PhDs is awarded with a prize for going beyond being a good dedicated researcher with remarkable active social engagement. Or maybe you know us from our bowling events or one of the drinks we organize.

About EPAR

How does EPAR work?
EPAR consists of Board members and Faculty Representatives (FRs) from the different faculties of Erasmus. The board members meet once a month, organize the various events, maintain the website, contact sponsors, make the EPAR newsletter, and maintain contact with the University and other PhD organizations in the Netherlands through PNN.

In order to reach all the PhDs of Erasmus University, EPAR also has meetings with FRs (once every 2 months). During these meetings, we discuss what is going on within different faculties, we exchange best practices about dealing with certain PhD-related issues, and discuss political/national issues that affect PhD candidates. Next to these meetings, we ask from our FRs to forward important e-mails, such as our EPAR newsletter and invitations to interesting events, including EPAR events.

If you are interested in participating in EPAR activities, please send an email to one of our board members. The EPAR meetings are often combined with drinks or a nice dinner (at EPAR’s expense).