About the VCSVU



It all started with a large study association for all students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, called the Natural Philosophical Faculty Association (NPF). This association was founded in 1931 by a number of students at the VU University in Amsterdam. At the time, the NPF organized many lectures and excursions. After the Second World War, the faculty experienced rapid growth. The number of members became too large and diverse for this association and as a result "sub-faculties" were established, starting with biology in 1950 and geology in 1960.

On October 1, 1964, the moment was finally there: the Association of Chemistry Students at the Vrije Universiteit (literally translated), VCSVU for short, was founded. In the beginning, the association was only for chemistry (chemistry) students. Later, the pharmaceutical sciences students joined. Chemistry moved to the University of Amsterdam .

This offered the VCSVU the opportunity to join the Royal Dutch Pharmaceutical Student Association (K.N.P.S.V.). After years of hard work, VCSVU became a member of the K.N.P.S.V. on November 14th, 2020. The association is therefore the latest addition to the K.N.P.S.V. This membership means, among other things: access to international internships and conferences, travel abroad and much more.

The VCSVU has various forms of membership: members, members of merit, honorary members, alumni members, patrons and donors.


VCSVU is there to make the study as pleasant as possible. In addition to the many activities, drinks and excursions, where both members and non-members can attend, the VCSVU also organizes the sale of books and inspection of old exams. The book sales are organized at the beginning of each period. The members receive a hefty discount on the study books. The old exams and summaries are standard on the website. These are only visible to members. For the activities, drinks and excursions, well-motivated committees provide varied and fun activities. From Belgian beer drinks to Christmas dinners and from symposiums and lectures to galas: VCSVU offers it all. Are you curious about the next activity of the VCSVU? Consult the agenda.

Structure of the Association

The association can be roughly divided into the board and the committees, formed by the active members. The board coordinates the various committees, arranges external contacts (e.g. sister associations, KNCV) and internal contacts (e.g. other science study associations and department and faculty bodies), and organizes a Committee Consultation VCSVU (COV) about 3 times a year. ). Furthermore, the board is responsible for book sales and promotion. The board also acts as a general point of contact. We have appointed two confidential counselors as an additional point of contact. The committees organize all activities, such as drinks (BC), excursions (ExCie), the gala and Christmas dinner (AC). The EJW (first-year workgroup) organizes an activity for all members. The Promocie provides the posters for the promotion and the Tutoring Platform arranges tutoring for students. The Merchandise Commission (MerCie) takes care of the merchandise. In addition, you have the InVUtasie that organize the VCSVU day in the introduction week as well as the introduction weekend for the freshmen. Are you curious about one of the committees? Then take a look at the tab: Commissions.