ASPARi's annual mini-symposium

November 2022

Dear colleagues and friends of ASPARi,


You are cordially invited to ASPARi's annual mini-symposium to be held at the SOMA College in Harderwijk on Wednesday 8 December from 08:30 to 14:00. The programme will be posted online at a later date. A selection of PhD, PDEng (EngD), Master and Bachelor projects will be presented at the symposium.


Please email Mrs. Jacqueline Nijhof-Leusink ( if you would like to attend the event. We would appreciate it if you could bring this event to the attention of interested colleagues. There is no charge for this event.


We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at this event.


Kind regards,


Seirgei Miller

ASPARi Research Coordinator

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