NUTRIM's education revolves almost entirely around training PhD candidates, including classes, lecture series, research meetings, symposia and collaborative training opportunities with NUTRIM and Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences partners. Although many of these activities are only for NUTRIM PhDs, many others are open to public and external researchers.
In addition, a central part of the NUTRIM PhD experience is teaching. 3rd and 4th-year NUTRIM PhDs teach FHML bachelor's and master's students in a variety of ways, including tutoring tutorial groups, supervising students during traineeships or writing a master's theses, lecturing, and giving practical skills training. NUTRIM offers essential content during several FHML Master's programmes, demonstrating the inexorable link between education and research at Maastricht University.
NUTRIM PhD Programme
The aims of NUTRIM’s PhD programme are to cultivate research capabilities & broad understanding of human nutrition and metabolism to provide PhD students with specific knowledge and skills needed for top-level research and to stimulate interdisciplinary training. The PhD training programme results in well-trained graduates who have developed an integrated view on most advanced and state-of-the-art topics in the research domain of NUTRIM and have developed skills needed for top-level research in a multidisciplinary and international oriented environment. The PhD programme will be completed after successfully defending the dissertation.
Types of PhD Students:
- PhD Students with a 4-year contract
- PhD Students with a scholarship
- PhD Students / Clinicians working at the Academic Hospital on a PhD track
- External PhD Students supervised by NUTRIM staff
Courses, workshops, and trainings
NUTRIM's dynamic PhD programme is composed of courses, trainings and workshops offered by Maastricht University, FHML, and NUTRIM.
NUTRIM provides great opportunities for academic growth, professional interactivity and networking by having visiting Professors give master classes for PhD Students and young Postdocs. During these Master classes, around 6 participants present their ongoing research followed by discussion and feedback from the expert. Apart from the PhD Students doing the presentations, other PhD Students are also welcome to attend.
All 1st and 2nd year PhD Students are encouraged to participate in the NUTRIM Capita Selecta, cutting-edge lectures wherein leading institutional scientists discuss their expertise. Capita Selecta are organised biannually offering approx. 18 lectures per year. Each lecture takes 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Schedule of part 1 2017.
No registration required.
NUTRIM Lecture Series
NUTRIM organizes five lectures annually to enhance the scientific standard of nutrition, metabolism and toxicology and to stimulate international exchange in these fields. These lectures feature an international expert in the field and cover all main research areas of NUTRIM. All members of NUTRIM, external researchers from the EU region, and representatives of food and pharma industry are welcome.
The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences offers the following general support courses:
- General supportive subjects
- Research methods
- Scientific English (Language Centre)
- Biomedical skills training (working with lab animals)
Gut & Liver Meetings
Renowned hepatologist Professor Peter Jansen is organising a monthly NUTRIM Gut & Liver Meeting on every 2nd Friday. These meetings are for PhD students, scientists, and clinicians interested in intestinal and liver research. Each meeting includes a presentation by an international speaker and provide excellent opportunities for exchanging ideas and initiating collaborations.
Annual NUTRIM Symposium
Each year a NUTRIM Symposium is organized for all NUTRIM-researchers, PhD Students and support staff. For this day an (inter)national expert is invited to give a Key lecture for a NUTRIM-wide audience. NUTRIM-PhD Students are encouraged to present a poster of their ongoing research. A jury selects the winning posters for the Poster Presentation Prizes.
Research line meetings
Each research line organizes research meetings for research and support staff and for PhD Students. Researchers / PhD Students give a presentation of their ongoing research followed by discussion. Even from the very start of a PhD Student’s employment he or she is involved in presenting about his/her research. Research lines 1 and 3 schedule February - June 2017.
PhD Students are encouraged to join literature clubs organized by their supervisors in order to stay informed of new developments detailed in recent publications. Literature clubs gather at least once a month to discuss recent publications. If there is no literature club in a specific area, it is recommended to start one.
Organised implemented by the PhD-students co-ordinator or the PhD-students council. Subjects vary every year, they are not fixed, and are not only related to the work PhD Students carry out for their promotion study but also to subjects concerning their career after their PhD Students period.
Each research line organizes research meetings for research and support staff and for PhD Students. Researchers / PhD Students give a presentation of their ongoing research followed by discussion. Even from the very start of a PhD Student’s employment he or she is involved in presenting about his/her research.
NUTRIM Graduate Programme
In 2012 the research school NUTRIM successfully obtained a prestigious grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the graduate programme “Metabolism and chronic disease”. With this grant four very talented students were appointed in 2013, and through the next years more PhD Students were appointed.
In contrast to the regular PhD trajectory the applicants for the graduate programme are offered the opportunity to propose their own topic, research proposal and supervisors, optimally using the available infrastructure and expertise within NUTRIM and our international research network. Obviously the project has to fit within the “Metabolism and chronic disease” framework.
More information regarding the Nutrim NWO graduate programme, its laureates, events and the annual calls. The call for 2017 is now open. For individuals interested in applying: there will be an informative mini symposium on Feb 17th 2017, during which you will get some more background info and tips & tricks. Information and application.
See below the links to an interview with the first four PhD Students and with NUTRIM's Graduate Programme Committee Members as it was published in NUTRIM's Annual Report 2014.
PhD Students Council
The aim of the PhD Students Council is to inform NUTRIM PhD students about issues that are discussed at institute level and to take care of PhD issues, like supervision and courses, which will be brought to the institute council’s attention. This is accomplished by staying in contact with the institute council, the Interfaculty PhD Committee, the national PhD council, the general PhD society Provum, and of course all the PhD students that are affiliated with NUTRIM. The NUTRIM PhD Council has an advisory role towards the institute council. The PhD Students Coordinator and the council chair attend the Institute Council meetings. Additionally, the PhD Students Council organizes several events including the PhD Days, a two-day introduction course for new PhD students and the NUTRIM café, held 4 times a year.
If you like to comment on issues or suggest new issues for discussion, feel free to contact one of the members of the PhD Students Council! The more you keep in touch, the better we can stand up for your interests. If you are interested in joining the NUTRIM PhD Students Council, please contact us by email. For our latest activities and news items check our Facebook page
PhD Students' Coordinator
The PhD Students' Coordinator monitors PhD Students' progress, approves and supervises Training & Supervision Plans, acts as an imparital ombudsman and trust person for PhD Students, provides an expert courses programme, represents PhD Students at School Council meetings, and represents NUTRIM at the Interfaculty PhD Students Committee (IPC).
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NUTRIM contributes education and research expertise to the following Master’s programmes:
Focuses on state of the art methodology and the skills that enable researchers to unravel the molecular mechanisms in health and disease, meeting a growing demand for highly specialised professionals in a range of life science fields. The programme is offered in a cooperation between Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and Hasselt University in Diepenbeek, Belgium, together referred to as transnational University Limburg (tUL).
Health Food Innovation Management
Prepares students to understand the process of innovation in the food and beverage industry, specifically focusing on improving consumer health and healthy eating behaviour. Through a multidisciplinary learning approach, students will be prepared to help transfer health science aspects into sound new product and marketing concepts. The programme is offered at Maastricht University satellite location in Venlo.
Health Education and Promotion
Focuses on the development and evaluation of health interventions at both the behavioural and environmental levels. The specialisation is interdisciplinary, combining elements of psychology, communications, epidemiology, biomedicine, sociology, political science and management. Research is an integral part of the master of in Health Education and Promotion. The programme is linked to the research goals of two FHML Schools, including NUTRIM.
Human Movement Sciences
Covers all aspects of the relationship between physical activity and health – from patients trying to get better, to individuals just trying to stay fit, to top athletes aiming for the pinnacle of their sport. Upon graduation, you will have a deep understanding of the relationship between physical activity and health. You'll be well-prepared to work as a researcher, product developer, exercise scientist or trainer at, for example, a rehabilitation institute or a major sporting club.