Professional Peer Consultation

Academic life is often complicated. How do you keep following your own ideas while balancing the conflicting demands of other relevant parties in your field (colleagues, superiors, students, funders, etc.)? How do you stick to your own priorities and not get stressed or burnt-out? Comparing notes with people in a similar situation might help.

Target group

Academics at all levels (PhD/ Postdoc - UD/ UHD - groupleader/ Professor)


In a group of 5 or 6 colleagues (same level), in at most 7 meetings spread over a year, you discuss and explore work-related issues. You develop methods and strategies to deal with complex situations you experience at work. During the meetings, you are given practical tools and develop sound skills. The exchanges and analyses among peers allow for personal reflection and bring new insights and methods to handle complex situations.

Typical for these meetings is that participants are neither colleagues who work together on the same subject, nor are they working at the same department. Often you have never met before. Interests don’t interfere, which makes it possible to exchange and explore in a safe environment.

The working language is English or Dutch (depending on the background of participants). The groups are led and organised by Riky van Og who has 20 years of experience in supervising and coaching individuals and groups of academics at all levels (PhD/ Postdoc - UD/ UHD – group leader/ Professor) at the University of Amsterdam and other universities / centres of science/ academic medical centres in the Netherlands.

Practical information

Language: Dutch/English


If you would like to enrol in this course, please complete the general application form.

More information

For more information about the different groups:

In English:

In Dutch:


The Local Consultations Committee (employer and union representatives) considers it well worthwhile to spend part of the employee benefits budget on sustainable career development. Training, courses and coaching meant to support sustainable career development are therefore funded from this budget.