The PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN) is the national organization that represents the interests of PhD candidates who work at one of the 14 Dutch universities, at one of the 8 University Medical Centers, or at one of the 5 research centers.
The PNN is an association with its General Members Meeting (GMM) as the highest decision making body. During this meeting, in which the Board and the local PhD councils convene, the policy and actions are discussed and decisions are made. The PNN, formerly known as the LAIOO, was founded as an association on 25 September, 1987, in Utrecht.
Goals and statutes
About 9.000 PhD candidates (data per October 2008) are working on their PhD full time. They constitute about 35 percent of the scientific staff. In addition, about 9.000 external PhD candidates are working on their PhD. It is important that all these PhD candidates are represented by an organization such as the PNN. The PNN has the following goals:
- to represent the interests of PhD candidates and comparable individuals on a national level;
- to coordinate and support the activities of the member organizations;
- to supply information to PhD candidates;
- to improve the quality of PhD research.
In addition, the PNN is also entitled to negotiate collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). The PNN, however, leaves these negotiations to the labor unions, and intends to realize its suggestions regarding new CBAs by . The rules regarding the association are recorded in the statutes. The most recent version of the statutes of the PNN date back to 12 July 2004. That has been the moment at which the PNN has become an incorporated association, and hence a separate legal entity.