We are excited to announce the upcoming GUTS Genetics Symposium and invite all consortium members and colleagues to join us.

Event Details:

  • Date: Monday, February 3rd, 2025
  • Location: The exact location is yet to be determined, but it will be somewhere in Utrecht.
  • Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

During the GUTS genetics symposium we will organize an inspiring morning with an introduction to genetics and some great keynote speakers among which Prof Steve Faraone. Prof Faraone, is a distinguished Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry, Norton College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He researches childhood mental disorder with a focus on genetic processes related to self-regulation-relevant behaviours.

In the afternoon we will discuss together how your research in GUTS may benefit from genetic research and data. We will learn about polygenic risk scores (PRS), tips and pitfalls and the most recent developments in the field. 

More details, including the agenda and registration information, will be shared with you soon.

For now, please save the date to join us on February 3rd in Utrecht and bring fellow (junior) colleagues for whom this might be of interest to broaden their horizons in the field of genetics!

For any questions or additional information, please contact guts@eur.nl.

Date: Monday, July 1st, 2024
Time: From 4:00 PM (BBQ starts at 6:00 PM)
Location: Strandclub Witsand, Noordwijk

Join us for the GUTS Summer Event 2024 at the beautiful Strandclub Witsand in Noordwijk! This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow researchers, enjoy a relaxing beach atmosphere, and participate in fun games.

Event Highlights:

  • Networking: Meet and connect with fellow researchers in a fun and informal setting.
  • Beach BBQ & Drinks: Enjoy a relaxed evening with barbecue and drinks on the beach.
  • Bring a Plus One and Your Children: We invite you to bring a guest to join in the fun and meet your colleagues. Children are welcome too.

Dress Code and Weather:

  • The weather is expected to be around 18 degrees.
  • The event will take place both inside and on the beach.
  • We will provide amazing GUTS t-shirts at the event. So, please wear comfortable beachwear that allows you to easily put on the t-shirt.

What to Bring:

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Fun beach games (badminton, Kubb, Spikeball, volleyball etc.)
  • A positive attitude and readiness to network and enjoy!

How to Get There:

  • By Car: Parking is available at Parkeerplaats Wantveld or Parkeerterrein Noordwijk Strand, just a 5-minute walk from the venue.
  • Carpool Coordination: Interested in carpooling? We’ve set up a carpool coordination sheet to facilitate shared rides. Please add your details and join a ride.
  • By Public Transport:
    • From Leiden Central Station: Take Bus 20 to Noordwijk via Pickeplein, and stop at Wantveld, Noordwijk.
    • From Voorhout Station: Take Bus 285 to Den Haag Central Station, and stop at Vuurtorenplein, Noordwijk.
  • By OV Bike:
    • From Leiden Central Station: About a 50-minute ride.
    • From Voorhout Station: About a 25-minute ride (Note: OV bike availability may be limited at Voorhout Station).

We’re looking forward to a fantastic day with you at the beach. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to reach out.

Will we see you there?

How do young people navigate the challenges of an increasingly complex society and what factors account for differences in their engagement and contribution as citizens? How does neurobiological development interact with social and societal experiences, including family dynamics, peer relationships, and socio-economic opportunities? How can we gain insights into and predict the extent to which young individuals develop into engaged citizens who meet both their own and others’ needs? These questions lie at the heart of the conference’s discussions. This conference will bring together experts who explore the interplay between individual neurobiological development and the diverse social and societal opportunities that shape young people’s paths.

The conference serves as the starting point for the 10-year Dutch program “Growing Up Together in Society” (GUTS).



For all GUTS trainees, keep October 12 free for a full-day unique PhD/post doc training event at Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam (more information will follow soon).