LUMC's Young Faculty Network (YFN) aims to connect postdoctoral fellows, senior researchers, and assistant and associate professors within the Leiden University Medical Center. It provides a platform to exchange knowledge, ideas, and experiences amongst members. Furthermore, the YFN works together with the LUMC's Board of Directors and different local committees to promote the role of young scientists within the university medical center.
LUMC mentoring program
The YFN, with the support of the Dean, has initiated a mentoring program for our YFN members. This program is meant to guide and support young talented researchers in order to increase scientific excellence at the LUMC. The mentoring program is specifically intended to inspire, provide advice on scientific career building, personal development and academic productivity. The mentoring program kick-started last fall with 18 mentees-mentor pairs. YFN members can apply for this program annually (watch our newsletter) and, if selected, are matched to top senior faculty from the LUMC.
Grant writing course
In collaboration with LURIS, the YFN organized a course on Writing An Excellent Grant Proposal. Nine faculty members followed the hands-on training which provided them with excellent input for their, mostly Veni, grant proposals. The feedback from participants was excellent and we are hoping to setup together with DO and LURIS a regular offer of this course. Information on new courses will be provided in the YFN’s newsletter.
YFN will organize a series of symposia and workshops on topics relevant to the audience. More information on upcoming events can be found in the LUMC activities calender.
Coming soon: YFN Symposium "Be Seen or Be Gone"
Visibility is key for researchers nowadays. The YFN is building a program for a symposium entitled Be Seen or Be Gone where we would like to provide our members with tools that improve our exposure to peers and society.
Since 2016 the YFN Board is constituted Janine van Gils (NIER), Luuk Hawinkels (MDLZ), Noel de Miranda (PATH), and Diane van der Woude (REUM).
The primary platform for YFN is a dedicated LinkedIn network group, where interesting articles and polls are posted and a forum is provided to discuss amongst members of the group. Memberships and posts are moderated to ensure focused discussions
YFN encourages all LUMC employees fitting the profile to join the YFN LinkedIn group for which a LinkedIn account is required.
The YFN was founded in 2012 by four young faculty members from the LUMC - Ramon Arens (IHB), Mettine Bos (STOL), Yaël Nossent (HLK) and Wiep Klaas Smits (MM) - with endorsement from the Dean of the LUMC, Prof.Dr Pancras Hogendoorn.