The ASMSS would like to invite all MAS students, alumni and professors to our BBQ to celebrate the end of the academic year and the end of the thesis-writing period for some of you (good luck to you, you got this!) on Saturday 30 June.

We will be at the Westerpark in Amsterdam from 17:00 onwards with food and drinks, and we are hoping you will all be there to celebrate the end of the MAS year 2017-2018!

Please follow this link to let us know you are attending, and whether you have any food preferences. We kindly ask you to register in advance so that we can do groceries, and to contact us if you are unable to attend last minute.

We hope to see you all there!

PS: you can also follow our Facebook event and sign up last minute.


Alumni Event

On May 12th the ASMSS organised an Alumni event at CREA. The event was aimed at all people with an interest in the field of medical anthropology and sociology, as well as specifically at current and former students of the master Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS, formerly known as AMMA) at the University of Amsterdam.

We welcomed former & current students of the MAS programme, as well as people from other fields. Also there were professors Trudie Gerrits and Kristine Krause.
While enjoying a free drink everyone had a chance to mingle and network. Lucinda Bertels, the president of the ASMSS, gave a short speech about the first year of the ASMSS as a society and plans for the following year.

As we feel it is important to work on skills that can benefit medical social scientists  on the jobmarket we will continue to focus on events we feel will contribute to this, such as the career workshop and networking events. Another event we are considering of organising is a workshop focused on the practical side of coding qualtative data.

A big thanks to all who where there! We enjoyed meeting you. To all others: we look forward to seeing you at one of our events, starting next academic year.

‘Off to fieldwork’ drinks

On January 25, 2017, the ASMSS hosted an ‘off to fieldwork’ gathering for students of the master Medical Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Students and professors had a very ‘gezellige’ time. We wish the students a fruitful fieldwork experience!


Career event

On January 9th 2016 we organised a career workshop tailormade for Medical Social Scientists. It was a great success. In collaboration with the UvA Career Centre we organized an interactive workshop. This workshop focused on how to orientate yourself as a medical social scientist in the labor market and what a medical social scientist has to offer. As you can see in the pictures below, there was a high attendance and we can call this event a great success.


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Movie screening

On November 15 2016, the ASMSS hosted a screening of the documentary In Utero.

According to the makers of the film:

“IN UTERO is a cinematic rumination on what will emerge as the most provocative subject of the 21st Century – life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world. IN UTERO brings together for the first time convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive. Fetal origins experts, research scientists, psychologists, doctors and midwives – as well as examples from popular culture and mythology – collectively demonstrate how our experiences in utero shape our future. Prepare to be surprised, intrigued, but no longer baffled by what the future holds for yourself, your loved ones, and the human race.” (read more here)

We watched the documentary and then had a discussion about not only the documentary itself, but also on the broader subject of documentaries in general and their influence on society, or at least, on the people who watch them.