Walter Eevers (1966) joined Nitto Europe after receiving his PhD on electrical conductive Polymers from Antwerp University (1993). He was responsible for R&D, and business development, until he became General Manager Techno-Marketing and started working internationally within the Nitto Group. He got involved in global technology sourcing and marketing, by setting up multiple collaborations with universities and research institutes. In the course of this period he obtained Master degree in business administration from Hasselt University (2001). In 2012 he was the founding father of the company Nitto Denko Europe Technical Centre in Lausanne dedicated to research activities in medical devices.
As far as is possible the students can choose their thesis advisor. The subsequent years are devoted mainly to research, seminars, and a yearly student retreat. At least one external workshop (for example, SKMB, FEBS, EMBO) should also be attended during this time. Students will be given the opportunity to communicate their passion for science in a variety of teaching activities ranging from helping undergraduate students in laboratory courses to hosting the public during “open house” days. A moderate amount of teaching is expected as it is considered an important aspect of PhD training.