5th February 2018

The Reception Committee

The Reception Committee (RC) is composed of 12 students, representing the three universities in the Netherlands where pharmacy and bio-pharmaceutical sciences can be studied. We were selected by the executive of the K.N.P.S.V. after applying for the committee. We are a well balanced mix of young and experienced people, very eager to organize a fantastic congress. We will make sure the Annual Congress becomes a great success for all its participants. The Reception Committee is always available to answer your every question. During the congress, we will be at your service anytime.

Danny den Hamer

Danny den Hamer

Hi! My name is Danny den Hamer and I’m the Chairperson of the Reception Committee. My main responsibilities are guiding the committee in our selected direction, contact with EPSA and being aware of everything going on within the committee. The last part is done in cooperation with my lovely vice-chairperson, Anne van Schip.

I’m originally from a place near Groningen, but am currently studying pharmacy in Utrecht. I’m in my fourth year of the study right now and have been part of committees of my local study association Unitas Pharmaceuticorum (U.P.). There I have also completed a full-time board year and I’m still very active in and connected to the organization. Through the RC I’m also connected to the K.N.P.S.V., our national study association.

Furthermore, I’m also an official board member of our foundation, on which this congress is built financially and officially.

I’m very happy to have such an amazing committee of twelve people, where everyone is so motivated, ambitious, experienced and most of all great to be around! I’m very excited for the things to come and looking forward to our congress.

On behalf of the committee I would like to say: we hope to see you in 2018 during our congress!

Anne van Schip

Anne van Schip

Hi there!

My name is Anne van Schip, vice-chairperson of the RC , and responsible for all the internal affairs. This means that I am up to date about everyone’s personal progress and actively involved in creating an harmonious and productive atmosphere within the committee. I really enjoy working with this team of people and I believe that we are going to manage an amazing congress in 2018!

I was born in Schalkwijk, a small place next to Utrecht. I have one little brother and two super nice parents. In 2011 I moved to Groningen because of the university here, which is the best decision I’ve made in years. I am really having fun and enjoying my time here.

Currently I’m in my second year of my masters studies in Pharmacy, at the university of Groningen. I hope to graduate from my degree in the summer of 2018. Although I find my studies very enjoyable, I have been doing extracurricular activities throughout my studies. In 2013 I organized the national congress of the K.N.P.S.V.. During the academic year of 2014-2015 I took a year off from studying to be the president of the Royal Dutch Pharmaceutical Student Association (K.N.P.S.V.). I had a great year with my board members and learned a lot about organizing, group dynamics and the working field of a pharmacist. Although I am not the active member as I have previously been, I am still involved with the K.N.P.S.V.

Besides being active in organizing events, I am also a sportive person who likes to row. I practice rowing several times a week and also coach other people in improving their rowing skills. Furthermore I like to watch sports and hanging out with my friends. My favourite animal is a cat and my favourite drink is beer, especially La Chouffe. 

With this short story, you get an overall idea of my as a person. For sure, this is not enough to say that you know me; therefore we should meet in person. Thus, I would like to invite you especially to our amazing congress, so we could meet and I can talk to all of you!

Xx Anne

Kimberly A6

Kimberly Velthuis
Secretary General

Dear all, 

My name is Kimberly Velthuis and I am the Secretary General of this RC. This means that I keep track of all the incoming and outgoing mail and you can contact me with all your questions about our upcoming congress! Also I’m part of the board of the foundation we started to organize this congress.

I was born in Hilversum, the Dutch media capital. After living there for almost 12 years, me and my family moved to Almere, a town that lies around 2 to 3 meters below sea level.  The feet of Almere’s inhabitants are kept dry thanks to the dikes! A while ago I settled in Utrecht, where I am a third year Pharmacy student now. During the past years, I have been an active member of the local association U.P.S.V. “Unitas Pharmaceuticorum” and of the K.N.P.S.V. I fulfilled positions in several committees. During my spare time I like to have fun with friends and to travel. I also like to read and cook.

I am very happy that I have the opportunity to organize this congress together with these 11 amazing people. Like I said before, don’t hesitate to contact me if any questions come to your mind. You can reach me via info@epsaac2018.org. Hope to meet you at EPSA activities and see you at our congress in 2018! 



Laura Bukkems

Laura Bukkems

My name is Laura Bukkems and I am currently in my second year of the master of pharmacy at the University of Groningen.  But, since I just started my research project in a hospital in Amsterdam, I moved to the capital of the Netherlands. All very exciting, but also exciting are EPSA congresses! In the previous years I have been to several congresses and they were all equally fantastic!
After experiencing these congresses, I couldn’t wait to apply for a position in the Dutch RC. That is why, I can now happily present me to you as the RC treasurer. In this position, I will keep track of all incomes and expenses and I will be responsible for the bank account. Furthermore, I am also installed as a board member of our foundation.

It has been a great experience already to collaborate with all involved people and I am very much looking forward to the congress. Hope to see you all in our beautiful castle in 2018!

Jesper van Breeschoten

Jesper van Breeschoten
Sponsorship & Partnership Officer

Hi everyone!

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Jesper, one of the Sponsor and Partnership Officers. Together with Jurjen we are responsible for all the income from sponsors and partners which is a huge responsibility. Jurjen and I actually live together with 3 other Pharmacy students so we see each other every day.

Recently, I finished my masters’ degree at the University of Utrecht. Utrecht is the most beautiful city of the Netherlands; everyone should come and take a look to see what Utrecht has to offer, it is like Amsterdam but without all the annoying tourists. Besides my study I was president of the 24th Lustrum committee of the Utrecht Pharmacy Student Association (U.P.S.V.”Unitas Pharmaceuticorum”). My committee and I were responsible for organising two weeks of festivities and symposia in 2014 to celebrate the 120th birthday of the study association. Lisanne was also in this committee by the way, and I am happy to get the opportunity to work together with her again.

Next to all of this I like to play football, go to the gym and love to cook! Besides, I learned surfing during my research project in the University of Technology in Sydney. I researched whether childhood cancer survivors (CCS) utilise health care in a different way than the general population. During my 6 months stay I lived 50 meters away from the famous Bondi Beach so this was perfect to catch some waves after a long day of research. Of course I like to hang out with friends and drink some beers, especially Delirium Tremens, which is actually been awarded for best beer in the world. If you didn’t try this one out, I would highly recommend you to.

I guess this was it for now. Leaves me to say that I am really looking forward to the congress, I hope you do too. We have a nice venue, beautiful country and the Dutch people will make sure you will feel like home.



Jurjen Kingma

Jurjen Kingma
Sponsorship & Partnership Officer


My name is Jurjen Kingma and I’m one of the Sponsor and Partnership officers of the Reception Committe. Together with my friend and roommate Jesper we are responsible for the income of our congress.

I was born in 1993 in Lelystad which only exists since 1967 (it was part of the sea before that time) and I have one little brother who travels the world working on a cruise ship. I recently finished my masters’ degree at Utrecht University. I hope to find an interesting place for a PhD study.

Beside studying I was active in my local study association where I organised a one week excursion abroad to Vienna (together with Kim, one of our Social Events Officers) and I was in the committee publishing our local association magazine. Next to all of this I enjoy watching and also to practice sports (cycling, football and going to the gym).

I hope to see you all at our congress in 2018. We will make sure you will never forget the Netherlands and all its treasures!




Benjamin Hadžić
Social Events Officer

Hi guys!

My name is Benjamin Hadžić and I am 23 years old. Currently I am in my first year of the master’s programme in the beautiful city of Utrecht.  My function within the RC is one of the two social events officers, together with Kim. We are very excited to organize the amazing parties and gatherings for you guys to enjoy and hopefully talk about for a long time.

My hobbies include sports, I love to play and watch sports, especially football and basketball. I also enjoy watching and discussing (!) movies and series. And of course, as a social events officer, I love music and going out with friends to make nights unforgettable.

I am sure some of you guys can already tell by my name, but I indeed am originally from former Yugoslavia. That means that I can (officially) speak 5 languages fluently, which is a fun fact about me.

As social events officer, I can’t wait to toast with all of you to the beginning of the congress and I look forward to meeting you al in 2018!

See you soon/vidimo se uskoro 😉


Kim van der Heijden

Kim van der Heijden
Social Events Officer

Hi everyone!

My name is Kim and I am 24 years old. I live in Utrecht, where I am in the second year of the master Pharmacy. My hobbies include mostly sociability, for example to cook food together with my friends and to have drinks with them. Also I love to bake  (and eat!) and to dance those calories off afterwards  at the disco or at festivals.

Before I found myself in the RC I was active in my local study association. There I helped organizing a study excursion to Vienna, together with Jurjen. Last year I was part of the congress committee for the K.N.P.S.V., the Royal Dutch Pharmaceutical Students’ Association. Therefore you could say I rolled from one congress committee into the other.

For the RC, I will fulfill the lovely job as one of the two Social Events Officers. Together with Benjamin, I am responsible for organizing the parties and sightseeing event that will take place during the congress. We are planning to make them unforgettable, so make sure you won’t miss them! Also, we are responsible for organizing the Alumni Weekend. Benjamin and I will insure you are getting more than enough possibility to get to know and/or to get reunited with your co-participants and make the best of the congress!

I am looking forward to meet you all, so don’t back down if you see me during the congress to have a talk!

See you in 2018!



Inge Arfman

Inge Arfman
Logistics Officer

Hi everyone!

My name is Inge Arfman and I’m the newest member of the Reception Committee. I am very excited to be the successor of Ceren as the Logistics Officer. As Logistics Officer I am responsible to get everyone at the right place at the right time, which will be a great challenge for a congress like EPSA.

Before my study, I lived in Vorden, which is a small place near to Zutphen in the east of the country. In 2012 I moved to Groningen and currently I am in the in the second year of my master pharmacy. Last year I was part of the board of the beachvolleyball club G.S.B.V. ‘’Tweeslag’’ and during the rest of my study I was member of several committees of my local study association G.F.S.V. ‘’Pharmaciae Sacrum’’ and G.S.B.V. ‘’Tweeslag’’.

Eva van Haren

Eva van Haren
Registrations & PR Officer

Hi everyone!

I’m Eva, a fourth year student of Pharmacy at Utrecht University, also living in the city of Utrecht. But before I tell you more about my current situation, let’s go back in time a bit.

I grew up in the north of the Netherlands, on an island called Texel together with my older brother and parents. After finishing my high school there I moved to Utrecht to study pharmacy. I did not only like the study immediately, but also the city. Another thing I really like is participating in the activities of the local and national pharmacy associations. After being part of the yearbook committee of the local association I really wanted to do more. That is when I discovered EPSA and the Reception Committee.

And this is the moment we can jump back to today. Currently I fulfill the role of Registrations & Public Relations Officer in the Reception Committee. A role in which I hope to convince all of you to come to our congress and meet all of us in person. The rest of my time I spend meeting my friends (which includes a lot of food and drinks), running and enjoying my time as a student. All things I love doing!

I really hope to organize an unforgettable congress together with the other committee members (the best I could’ve wished for!). But most of all, I hope to see you all in the Netherlands in April 2018! 

X Eva

Laura Mulder

Laura Mulder
IT & PR Officer

Hi everyone!

My name is Laura, I’m 24 years old. I come from Utrecht, one of the two most beautiful cities in the Netherlands. The other most beautiful city in the Netherlands must be Leiden, where I live right now. When you have the chance, visit Leiden and admire our canals, buildings, churches, and atmosphere! I moved to Leiden in 2014 to study Biopharmaceutical Sciences. After an intensive but amazing year as executive board member of our local pharmaceutical students’ association „Aesculapius” in 2015-2016, it was time for me to finish my bachelor. Currently, I am doing my Master internship at the division of Drug Discovery & Safety.

Besides my studies I have a job as a waitress in a local restaurant with great colleagues. To relax from all this, I enjoy good food and drinks with friends, committee buddies or co-workers. 

My responsibilities in the RC include the maintenance of this website, making sure all your emails end up at the right person and providing posters, flyers and booklets. Together with Eva I am also responsible for Public Relations: keeping you guys updated about our congress!

I can’t wait for our congress to begin and to meet you guys and/or see my EPSA friends again! See you 2018?


Lisanne van Merendonk

Lisanne van Merendonk
Educational Officer

Dear EPSA-friends,

I’m Lisanne van Merendonk and I am the Educational Officer of the Dutch Reception Committee. Last July, I finished my bachelor Pharmacy at Utrecht University and in September I will continue my education with the start of my Master’s Degree.

Besides my love for travelling and discovering the world, I also enjoy our study Pharmacy and the active student community around it. In the Netherlands, this community is represented nationwide by the K.N.P.S.V. and in Utrecht by U.P. I got my first glimpse of organizing events at U.P., where I, together with Jesper (the Financial & Sponsor Officer), organized the 24th lustrum of U.P.
U.P. and K.N.P.S.V. also organize multiple interesting events, for example symposia and lectures which I like to attend. This combined with the feeling of achievement which I experienced while organizing the 24th lustrum were the reasons I applied for Educational Officer and I am happy I can fulfill this position.

As you might have heard, the topic of our Annual Congress will be “Pharmacoeconomic & the Affordability of Healthcare”. I am really excited about this topic, because in today’s society the funding of healthcare is a major theme. My ambition is to give all the participants an oversight of pharmacoeconomics in its broadest sense. With a special focus on what determines the prices of medicines, the consequences of the high and low prices, and the policies and ethics regarding the costs of modern healthcare.

I’m looking forward to welcome you to our amazing country and our (hopefully) amazing congress in 2018.

With kind regards,