Student Research Symposium 2022

We invite our VU Amsterdam Biomedical Sciences, Biomolecular Sciences and Neurosciences master students to attend and even present a poster in our first on campus research symposium on:

Wednesday 25th of May, 2022: 1.30 PM – 5 PM
in the auditorium/foyer of the O2 building
De Boelelaan 1108, 1081HZ Amsterdam

This is an excellent opportunity to hear more about ongoing projects, that could be interesting for future internship positions or career options. We also strongly encourage master students with (preliminary or incomplete) results to submit an abstract and present a poster at the poster market! Please discuss this with your internship supervisor first.

Abstract submission & registration deadline:
Deadline to register attendance without a poster:

The important thing is to never stop questioning.

~ Albert Einstein
Speaker and Poster Program

1.30-2 PM: Walk-in & hang posters

2-3 PM: Scientific talks

  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Teunissen – Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Dr. te Velde – Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

3-3.45 PM: Poster session I

3.45-4.30 PM: Poster session II

4.30-5 PM: Final scientific talk

  • Dr. Themeli – CAR T-cells in autoimmune diseases

5 PM: Poster winner announcement and start of the borrel!

Abstract Guidelines

Your abstract should demonstrate that your (internship) research has/will have a valuable contribution to the scientific field you are working in. Abstracts should be written in English and not exceed max. 1000 characters (< 250 words). 

Usually an abstract dedicates one or two sentences each towards:

Background/context, materials & methods, results, and conclusion or interpretation. Abstract subheadings are not necessary.

Your abstract will need a succinct title and you should include a list of the first and last names of all authors who contributed to the work (such as yourself, supervisors, or technicians). You should also include up to 3 keywords to help us organize the posters by theme.

We realize for many of you internships are still ongoing, preliminary & pilot data are welcome. It’s also acceptable if your poster differs somewhat from your original abstract text. Literature reviews may only be presented as posters if they’re in a meta-analysis format or have formed part of your internship work in 2021-2022.

Data privacy: Your abstracts will not be published online and your registration details are stored securely only by our committee (using qualtrics, a GDPR-approved secure form). The poster market will only be attended by registered local staff and students. The abstract book will be shared with registered attendees the week of the event, unless you indicate a preference otherwise.

The symposium is for a broad student and academic audience: take this into account while writing your abstract.

Abstract writing tips:
1. Write in past tense and avoid passive 

2. Make sure any terms or acronyms are defined if needed & avoid too much jargon

3. Give only a concise summary of the findings, sample sizes or p-values only where relevant

4. No need to cite references or bibliography


Poster Guidelines

We recommend you to create a portrait orientation poster on A0 size for best viewing. You will be responsible for printing your own poster, so please discuss reimbursement with your internship supervisor. If your supervisor is not able to support you, then you can contact us at

For VU print services, you could take a look at the on campus VU printerette. Most services you should print at least one day before you need it. On the day, you should hang your own poster between 1.30-2 PM.

There will be a poster prize, a winner will be announced at the end of the symposium! We have invited some researchers & teachers from different fields to judge your posters.

More information will follow by email to registered attendees in May.

The symposium is an opportunity to hear about local research and share your internship experiences with classmates during our afternoon poster session. All attendees should register (even if you’re not presenting) by 20th May so we can anticipate catering.

Any further questions? Please contact us at We are happy to answer your questions 🙂

The student research symposium committee
Daniël, Gizem, Iraklis, Kübra, Madison, Mandy & Martijn

Good luck & we hope to see you there!

*Depending on Covid-19 measures, changes may occur regarding the symposium or catering. Stay home if you have any of the symptoms associated with or if you tested positive for Covid-19. We will keep you updated if the situation changes in May!