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Contact the council

For all sorts of questions relevant for PhD's or Postdocs at the Institute of Physics contact the council via our email address

Please note that we are a council formed by PhD's and Postdocs and do not decide on hiring people.

The current council members introduce themselves below.

Council Members

Francesca Famà:

I arrived at the IoP on July the 2nd 2019. I'm doing a PhD in experimental physics and in particular try to build with the help of my collegues different kinds of superradiant lasers. 

In my free time I'm playing volleyball, drawing, playing piano, reading and having beautiful trips along the canals of Amsterdam (if the weather allows!). I joined the PhD council to help with the organization of events and try to create a channel to help create connection among people from different reasearch fields.

Please feel free to send me an email or approach me at the coffee corner every time you want, if you are concerned about something, if you have any question, or just for a chat =).

Rebekka Koch:

After having finished my Bachelor's degree at the HU Berlin I moved to Amsterdam in 2016 where I got to know this Institute and the UvA during my Master studies. I immediately liked the atmosphere and I am thus very happy about the opportunity to continue with a PhD in the condensed matter group. While I work on integrable models and the Bethe ansatz (which is a rather one-dimensional field), my spare time is filled with a multitude of activities including bouldering, music and fine arts. To help improving the work environment so that all PhDs and PostDocs have a similarly pleasant stay at the IoP as me I joined the council. Please don't hesitate to contact me or any other council member if you feel that something is missing at the IoP, that something bothers you or you have a great idea for a new activity. Your input is very welcome.

R. (Rebekka) Koch


Robert van Leeuwen:

After being part of the University of Amsterdam as a student in different forms, I started a PhD at the IoP in fall 2020. I am working on the history of physics, more precisely the history of string theory. Although definitely one of the nicest, our group is relatively small by IoP standards. Therefore one of my goals as a member of the PhD council is to foster interaction between the different subgroups of IoP. In addition I am very much into science outreach and teaching – feel free to come by or contact me with ideas or concerns at any time!

R.A. (Robert) van Leeuwen MSc


Alexander van Spaendonck:

In the fall of 2020, I started my PhD here at the IoP, working on mathematical techniques in string theory and related subjects. Besides studying physics, I also like to write about physics for the Quantum Universe website, and moreover in my spare time I enjoy playing tennis or the piano. As a member of both the IoP PhD council and the FNWI PhD council, my job is to communicate ideas between the different institutes at our faculty. People from all around our university come up with great initiatives and so I hope we can exchange these ideas among the institutes in order to make life at Science park even more enjoyable and pleasant.

A.B.N. (Alexander) van Spaendonck MSc


Former Council Members

  • Eleanor Trimby
  • Evita Verheijden
  • Daniel Chernowitz
  • Jaco de Swart
  • Bart van Voorden
  • Thijs de Goede
  • Damian Galante
  • Antonio Capretti
  • Carla Sanna
  • Maureen Dinkgreve
  • Laurens Kabir
  • Niki Klop
  • Julie Desarnaud
  • Nick de Jong
  • Rens Limpens
  • Hamish Silverwood
  • Georgios Skantzaris
  • Rogier Vlijm