Maryam Kavousi wins ‘For Women in Science’ award


On 26th of November, at the Royal Dutch Academy of Science, our very own Maryam Kavousi received the UNESCO Fellowship Award “For Women in Science’ as one of the two outstanding female researchers in the Netherlands for 2014.

Maryam received this prestigious award for her research on the risk factors involved in predicting the risk of cardiovascular disease in women.

By awarding these scholarships each year L’Oréal and UNESCO wish to encourage excellent female scientists to climb to the top of their field of expertise. Especially in the Netherlands, since only one out of the six professors is a woman.

NIHES re-accredited as an ‘excellent’ research school

NIHES has been tremendously successful in the past years and this was strongly acknowledged by a visit earlier this year by an International Peer-Review Committee as part of the re-accreditation procedure by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

According to the Review Committee, the core of NIHES consists of an outstanding research and teaching programme, meeting the highest international standards. The Committee considers NIHES to be ‘excellent’. The research school is internationally very competitive. It has multiple international collaborations with some of the best universities, research groups and researchers in the world.

NIHES’ teaching programme is internationally acclaimed. It offers a rich environment with many opportunities for excellent multidisciplinary research and comprehensive and high quality education.  The Committee also acknowledged that NIHES has outstanding MSc programmes, an observation which was reinforced by the PhD students who place great emphasis on the value of their MSc degree.
To conclude, the Review Committee found the prevailing quality of work in NIHES to be exceptional. Almost all of the research departments scored as excellent, with research meeting the highest standards internationally.

NIHES re-accreditation report (in Dutch)

Start the New Year on top, with the latest insights in Women’s Health

Upcoming 26th of January 2015, the latest edition of NIHES’ Women’s Health course will kick off, offering three days of pioneering lectures by world-renown experts.

Attend this 3-day course together with other specialists from around the world to bring yourself right up to date in all dimensions of Women’s Health.

Interested to find out what the course has to offer you? Check out the programme.

APPLICATION DEADLINE 9th of January 2015

Science without Borders Undergraduate Call 2015 now open!

Join the NIHES – Erasmus University Rotterdam’s one year research-training programme in the Health Sciences! This programme has been tailored to the Science without Borders undergraduates, preparing you for a thriving career in international research!

This specialized programme focuses on study design, biostatistics, and clinical epidemiology. It also addresses the principles of research in medicine and epidemiology; clinical decision analysis; methods of public health research; markers and prognostic research; the practice of epidemiology analysis, and health economics.

“If you share our dedication to health and wish to join the international community of health scientists, you’re welcome! NIHES will give you a wonderful opportunity to make a contribution to outstanding research.”
– Professor Albert Hofman, NIHES Science Director

The programme is open to Science without Borders scholars in the last years of their undergraduate studies. It starts on August 10, 2014, and lasts 12 months. NIHES-Erasmus University Rotterdam offers you a once in a lifetime study opportunity, combined with a hands-on research experience! Don’t let it pass you by, apply now!

Rotterdam, a city like no other


Rotterdam continues to shine as one of the hottest places to visit, according to the New York Times. With a population of over 600.000, Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands. Initially famous for its port, one of the biggest in Europe, Rotterdam is now one of the most visited cities in the Netherlands for many of its other undiscovered qualities.  read more

NIHES Graduation Ceremony 2014

On Friday the 29th of August, 2014, altogether 78 Master of Science and Doctor of Science graduates, representing 22 different nationalities, received their diplomas from the hands of Professor Albert Hofman, Science Director of the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES).

See the pictures and the entire graduation ceremony on video.

Study Guides 2014-2015 with course annex available

These study guides will help you find your way in our research training programmes: more information on the schedules of every specialisation and your research project. And of course the general information on studying at NIHES.

The study guide for the 2-year full-time Research Master programme in Health Sciences for Bachelor graduates (120 ECTS)

The study guide for the Research Master Programmes in Health Sciences and Clinical Research for medical students

The study guide for Master of Science in Health Sciences (70 ECTS) & Doctor of Science programmes

Last hot seats available for Erasmus summer Programme!


Just two more weeks until the anticipated start of the Erasmus Summer Programme 2014! Want a sneak-peek at what this year’s programme has to offer? Take a look at this year’s ESP Journal.

If you’re still in doubt about joining the courses you’ve been eyeing all along, this is your last chance to sign-up! The last few hot seats are still available, so grab them while you can.

We hope to see you soon!

ERAWEB-LogoAfter combined efforts to ensure exposure of the available ERAWEB scholarships, the ERAWEB consortium can comfortably say it succeeded. ERAWEB received a record number of 242 applications, an astounding 98% more than last year, from students and staff applying for undergraduate, Masters, PhD’s, Post-Doctorate and staff positions. The growing awareness and stature surrounding the ERAWEB mobility programme is becoming more and more evident.

Read what professor Albert Hofman and ERAWEB student Anna Vitezova say about ERAWEB.

Excitement is mounting around the upcoming Erasmus Summer Programme

August is drawing closer and the anticipation is brewing. The Erasmus Summer Programme 2014 is around the corner and all preparations surrounding this well-awaited annual event are in full throttle.

Each year the Erasmus Summer Programme provides hundreds of students, researchers and health professionals with the opportunity to boost their academic careers.

It is a specialized event that offers three weeks of á la carte research training in health sciences. Providing its participants with a broad range of dynamic courses, both introductory and advanced, where people have the flexibility to mix and match the courses to their own individual programme.

Applications are rolling in so make sure you register on time!


We look forward to welcoming you this summer.