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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

Daniel Chernowitz:

In my final year of the PhD program, I decided I had some spare time and opinions to share on matters that concern all PhD's and postdocs. I am part of the Condensed Matter Physics group, working under professor J-S. Caux. My goal as a council member is to be actively involved in organizing the fun events that the PhD-council carries out. Thereby I hope to contribute to a sense of community, getting people involved, and providing my colleagues with some good times and memories. Outside of the institute, my interests include basketball, the gym, skiing, learning the guitar, and the visual arts. As a half-US, half-Dutch dual citizen, you can address me in either language.

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 =).

F. (Francesca) Fama

Faculty of Science


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

Faculty of Science


Eleanor Trimby:

I joined the IOP in 2019, starting my PhD in the Quantum Gases group, working with trapped ions and ultracold atoms. Since joining, I have had the feeling that the institute cares about the wellbeing of its PhD students and PostDocs, which I think is very important for a positive working environment. I hope that I can, as part of the PhD Council, contribute to continuing this atmosphere. In my free time, my favourite things to do are dancing, going to the theater and catching up with friends over dinner or drinks. I will be happy to hear any IOP-related suggestions, questions or concerns you may have: feel free to email me or approach me at the coffee corner.

E.C. (Eleanor) Trimby

Faculty of Science


Evita Verheijden:

In 2018 I joined the String Theory Group as a PhD candidate. My research mainly involves black holes, wormholes and the information paradox; I also write about these topics regularly for the website the Quantum Universe. My focus in the PhD/PD Council is mostly on the mental well-being of IoP's employees, which I believe is vital to be able to do research. To keep my own mental health in check, I like to go to the movies, play the piano, read, and organize dinner&film-viewings at my place. If you want to talk to me about anything related to life at the IoP, please don't hesitate to contact me (in better times you will likely be able to find me in my office C4.273 - if not, write me an e-mail!). 

E.M.H. (Evita) Verheijden BSc

Faculty of Science


Former Council Members

  • 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