ORD Pre-conference becomes VPO-ICO PHD Day

Save the date: 15 October 2021, 11:00-17:00 hours in Utrecht

Just a few more weeks and then the ORD will be on the agenda and normally that would be a moment for the VPO (the VOR PhD Council) to set up one of their well know activities: the preconference and the ORD party. Because the ORD will be completely online due to the circumstances, we have decided not to organise the preconference this year, to avoid an overload in the program. That’s a shame, because for the VPO, the yearly pre-conference is one of the best moments to get in touch with other PhD students. The strength of this preconference has always been “meeting each other” and because it is expected that that will be possible again this autumn, we decided to organize a PhD day on 15 October in collaboration with ICO. Put that date in your diary!

In addition, we would like to do an interest poll for a face-to-face activity during the ORD on Wednesday evening 7 July, from 19.00 hours, so that you have time to attend the program and travel to the starting location of the game. We want to organize a ‘Crazy 88’, where we offer PhD students the opportunity to participate in small teams in different cities (Utrecht, Amsterdam, Groningen, Nijmegen and Maastricht). The best thing would be if we could play the game with as many groups as possible in Utrecht, since the ORD is organized from there. Via the google form below you can indicate that you want to participate and in which city you would like to participate. In case there are enough people joining, we will start making all arrangements. So, hopefully we will meet each other during the ORD (at an appropriate distance).

You can register via: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1x7vczVTEtVxKD2j7F9IuSMH3HZhsA8E_b94oC5OAeLU/edit

Hopefully we’ll see each other soon!

Also on behalf of Julia, Max, Inge, Boukje and Imke,

Kevin Zweeris
The VPO board