Activities of the K.N.P.S.V.

The K.N.P.S.V. pursues her goals by organizing different activities. The K.N.P.S.V. shall always act in the interests of all members when pursuing these goals.

We hope to see you at one of our activities!

The Bachelor activity is for all (bio)pharmaceutical bachelor students. It is a fun day and commonly has an educational element as well. This way, bachelor students from different cities can get to know each other, and the K.N.P.S.V., a little better in an accessible manner.

What does your future look like? What are you going to do in the future? What are your motives and what do you enjoy doing? These are common questions for students. We as committee want pharmacy students to get a taste of what can be in the future. What branches are there in the (bio-)pharmaceutical world and what can I achieve? Discovere the answers to these questions at the careersday.

The Professions day can take place because of the good relationship between the K.N.P.S.V. and the professional associations. When thinking about the programs pharmacy and (bio-)pharmaceutical sciences, people in general think about the most common professions like a public pharmacist, clinical pharmacist or researcher. The Professions day will show that there is a much wider careers perspective for (bio-)pharmacists. This is an aspect that the programs don’t offer a lot of information on. The day consists of plenary lectures and about thirty different workshops. This ensures that many professions are brought to light. If you are not sure of what you want to do in the future, want to broaden your horizon or want to look in to a specific professional area? Then you can apply for the workshops you are interested in so that you can focus on your future. You can explore all the workshops that are organised during the day by going to the top of our site and click on the career day tab. If you wish to sign-up for the career day itself visit the following link:

The PDD is all about developing your soft skills. The day offers different workshops and trainings that allow you to develop different skills. You can think of presenting, making a good linkedin page, speaking in front of a crowd, knowing what factors influence your personal development and how you can get the most out of your career and much more.

Traditionally the PDD ends with some drinks where professional associations like the KNMP, VJA, NVZA and NIA are present.

The Folia Pharmaceutica is the digital magazine of the association with almost 3000 copies a year. Members and donors receive the Folia 5 times a year in their inbox. The magazine consist of scientific publications, essays of the activities from the K.N.P.S.V. and the agenda of upcoming activities. International topics can be read in the Folia as well, like essays of international congresses, exchange programs and experiences of foreign students about their education and study association. This magazine is a good addition to the topics discussed at lectures.

The K.N.P.S.V. finds it important that students get in touch with EPSA and IPSF. Therefore the K.N.P.S.V. annually organizes international readings during lunch break or in the evening in Groningen, Leiden and Utrecht. These readings inform students what they can do and how they can become active internationally during their studies and after graduation. The EPSA and IPSF congresses are highlighted and students are informed about the TWIN. There is also someone who comes to talk about their experience going abroad with the SEP or IMP.

Snuffelstage is a one-day internship project from the K.N.P.S.V. that gives students the opportunity to have a look at different pharmaceutical professions. Students can apply for a one-day internship for the public pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, poly-clinical pharmacy and industry pharmacist. These internships are organised with VJA, VAZA, NVPF, NIA and different pharmaceutical companies.

In collaboration with IPSF and EPSA provide students the opportunity to participate in joining the Student Exchange Program (SEP) and the Individual Mobility Project (IMP). The SEP is a project that takes a few weeks to a couple of months in which students are on an internship in the public pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, university or industry abroad. These internships help students to get in touch with pharmacies and different pharmacists during their bachelors. IMP offers master students and recently graduated students the opportunities to go on a (research)internship for 6 to 12 months at a high end company or institution for relevant working experience.

The K.N.P.S.V.-congress is the biggest event known to the association. This event is annually organized to celebrate the birthday of the K.N.P.S.V. The congress consists of an educational program and social activities. The general assembly of the K.N.P.S.V. takes place on the first day. Important issues are discussed and the handover to the next board takes place during the GA. The day after is the symposium with different speakers. The rest of the weekend has a cultural activity, a sportive activity and the reception in celebration of the birthday of the K.N.P.S.V.

The K.N.P.S.V. weekend starts with the autumn general meeting (AV), where all affairs of the association are discussed. After this is a subsequent party. The next day the weekend will end with the Functionary Activity (FuAc). The Functionary Activity is a fun day out, organized by the board, to thank the Functionaries/ committee members. The weekend generally takes place in the city, where the current board is located.

The K.N.P.S.V. organizes in collaboration with the NIA the day of the pharmaceutical industry with the goal to inform students about the professional opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry. This sector has a lot to offer to students and isn’t covered as much during the pharmacy program at the university. The day consist of a plenary reading, different workshops and speed dates with different industrial pharmacists.

The objective of the National-Consultancy talk is mainly social in nature. Due to the increasing demand and expectation of the public pharmacist in the healthcare it is important that students get trained the right way. A good medication counseling is essential for an effective therapy from the pharmacist. The skill to consult is not always covered during the pharmacy programs. That’s why the K.N.P.S.V. organizes the National-Consultancy talk, a national competition in consulting patients. Master students from Groningen, Utrecht and Leiden can compete in consulting actors that pretend to be patients. The student should be able to discover the problem, help and advice the patient.

Once a year around June, the sports committee organizes the one and only pharmaceutical hockey tournament. In this tournament, different teams from our departments compete for the ultimate honor! After hockey, dinner and a drink / party is also arranged. Sports Day: In addition to the pharmaceutical hockey tournament, a sports day is also organized. This day consists of a day of sports/ being outdoors, then the day or to close with a nice drink with all participants.


The round the table discussion was organized for the first time two years ago. The topic was “the persona/image of the (bio-)pharmacist)”. Different professionals from different branches within the pharmaceutical field where at the table and discussed issues around the topic that students could join in to. The discussion mainly evolved around the issue if the existing image is good and how it can be changed. Students that attended the activity gave a good feedback on the activity and saw it as a great addition to their educational program and the K.N.P.S.V. Especially because it has the unique aspect that different professions of the same field discuss a topic students can join in to.

In addition to the pharmaceutical hockey tournament, the sports committee organizes a sports day. This day consists of a day of sporting and/or being outdoors. At the end of the day all the participants are invited for drinks.

The TWIN is an annual exchange program between the K.N.P.S.V. and other European pharmaceutical study associations via EPSA. The TWIN is structured around two weekends in which both countries are visited. Both weekends are about integration between students and the comparison between the education. This is accomplished with educational readings and a social program.

*These activities take place once every other year