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Proton International 2022

Below you will find the presentation of our Information meetings. In the slides you can find all information you need. If there are any questions left you can contact us at

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Below you can find our previous trips to Italy, Toronto and Stockholm

Proton International 2017; Italy, written by Angela Melcherts

In 2017 we went with Proton International to Bella Italia. In Milan we had the opportunity to visit local universities, such as the University of Milano Bicocca. We could also enjoy the Easter days and explore the town and neighboring cities. At the San Raffaele Scientific Institute we were able to have a ‘mini internship’ of half a day where we were paired in groups of three with a local scientist to look around in the lab. In Como we visited AkzoNobel, where we learned how the paint for the colorful panels of Casa confetti, a student flat at Utrecht Science Park, was created. With our privet bus we also made a trip to the Italian institute of Technology in Genoa, where we had interesting talks from different divisions from nanochemistry to drug discovery.

We continued our trip to Bologna from where we also visited the University of Padua. It was an interesting trip, where multiple topics in the field of chemistry and chemical biology were covered. Apart from chemistry visits, we had plenty of time to discover the country, the culture and the food.

Proton International is not just a nice trip to see how chemistry is conducted in different countries, it is also an unique opportunity to find a nice internship spot. In 2019 I went back to Italy for an research internship in the Nanochemistry group of the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. From my Proton international trip I had already seen the great facilities, and got in contact with one of the professors, which made the choice easier. I had a wonderful time again during my six months, where I learned a lot scientifically, but again could enjoy the amazing country.  

Proton International 2018; Toronto, written by Dónal van Uunen

During the pandemic, the world might seem a bit small however, we should not forget times where the world felt big. For me one of those moments was the Proton International trip to Toronto, Canada. I will never forget the moment I walked out of the train station and looked up to the giant skyscrapers towering over my head as the streets were lit by the sunlight reflecting from the glass buildings.

The study trip started with a city tour followed by a trip to the famous landmark, the Niagara Falls!

As chemistry students we cannot stay out of our natural habitat for too long, so we also visited the visited the universities in Toronto, including lab tours at various departments. Additionally, we visited the Dutch embassy and two companies where we had the opportunity for fruitful conversations with their employees.

On Kings day we even partied with people from the Dutch embassy! Finally, some of us took a boat to a small Island allowing us to view the impressive skyline of Toronto from a distance. I can’t describe the whole trip in these few words but, all in all it was an amazing experience and if you want to know what it’s like, I suggest you sign up for the next one!

Proton International 2019; Stockholm, written by Joyce Kromwijk

Eén van de allerleukste activiteiten die Proton organiseert is, naar mijn mening, Proton International. Na twee keer een reis te hebben georganiseerd naar Italië en Canada mocht ik in 2019 met een fantastische commissie een reis organiseren naar Stockholm!

Zweden is een fantastisch mooi land dat niet alleen bekend staat om Ikea, ABBA en de ontzettend lekkere kaneelbroodjes (die wij tijdens onze reis dagelijks voorgeschoteld kregen) maar ook om het hoogstaande wetenschappelijk onderzoek dat hier gedaan wordt. Niet voor niks wordt hier jaarlijks de Nobelprijs uitgereikt ter nagedachtenis aan de Zweedse chemicus Alfred Nobel!

Tijdens onze reis hebben we onder andere een bezoek gebracht aan de universiteiten van Stockholm en Uppsala, mochten we achter de schermen kijken bij AkzoNobel en hadden we het voorrecht om bij het Karolinska Institutet rondgeleid te worden. Dit laatste bezoek is mij erg bijgebleven; het Karolinska Institutet doet namelijk uitmuntend medisch onderzoek en reikt ieder jaar de Nobelprijs voor Fysiologie en Geneeskunde uit. Als Nanomaterials Science student ligt dit type onderzoek niet in mijn straatje, maar door de enthousiaste en interessante uitleg over hun onderzoeken naar Alzheimer kreeg ik aan het einde van het bezoek stiekem toch een beetje spijt dat ik niet meer over biochemie af weet.