About Us


GOPHER stands for ‘Groningen Organisation for PhD Education and Recreation’. GOPHER is an organisation run by PhD students and funded by the Dean of the Graduate Schools, Prof. Lou de Leij (the GGS is complemented by Marjan Koopmans (project manager) and Henriette Niewold (secretary)). As an organisation, we organise recreational and educational events that bring PhD students from different faculties together. Many of the educational events that we are organised are beneficial for the development of a PhD student, but are not offered in the educational programmes of the Graduate Schools, HR services and related institutions.

GOPHER is run by an organising committee consisting of PhD students acting on a voluntarily basis (see Gopher Board Members).