Genetics Retreat - NVHG graduate meeting

Conference centre RolducFeel connected in science and debate

This two-day event, organized by the department of Genetics and Cell Biology of Maastricht UMC+, covers human genetics, molecular and translational genetics, genomics and epigenetics in health, development and disease in a wide range of disciplines.
The venue of this annual 'Rolduc meeting', which started in 1990, is the former Augustinian abbey of Rolduc in Kerkrade (NL).

The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany feel connected

The meeting is intended for: PhD students, (junior) postdocs, their supervisors and all other scientists from universities, clinical institutions and research centres in the Netherlands and neighboring countries. 

Under auspices of NVHG

Since 2015 the meeting is organized under the auspices of the Dutch Association for Human Genetics (NVHG). Existing or new NVHG-members will receive a discount on their registration fee for the Genetics Retreat.

Why you should attend the Genetics Retreat - NVHG graduate meeting

  • As a PhD student you can gain proficiency in discussing your ongoing research.
  • As a PhD student you can develop your presentation skills in an informal but professional setting.Art award
  • The PhD student with the best oral presentation will be invited to give a presentation during the NVHG annual meeting.
  • The three best oral presentations (by PhD students) will be rewarded an award (see: overview of former prize winners).
  • You will be updated on forefront research in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
  • PhD students will receive feedback on their oral presentation.
  • You will be inspired by a top-notch speaker during the keynote lecture.
  • You have ample opportunity to discuss research projects among peers, with principal investigators and with the keynote speaker.
  • As a participant you get exclusive access to the abstracts.
  • You can break free from your daily routine and combine science with pleasure.
  • You can become connected to the Genetics Retreat community and if you become a member of NVHG, also to their community.
  • The event as well as the hotel rooms in Rolduc are inexpensive.

Honorary guest speaker

Each Genetics Retreat features a keynote address by a renowned scientist known for his/her groundbreaking research in the broader research areas relevant to human genetics and disease. During and following the keynote address, there is ample opportunity to interact with the keynote speaker. Each keynote address is concluded with a social evening in one of the ancient distinctive arched cellars of the Augustinian abbey. This setting offers excellent opportunity for further discussion and networking.

Take a look at the overview of honorary guest speakers since 2000.