The VIB Center for the Biology of Disease, KU Leuven and NERF faculty complement the scientific training of their PhD students with an annual joint PhD class and symposium. For the 2013 edition (September 16th - 20th), almost a hundred PhD students immersed themselves in an exciting week of research talks, practice and teambuilding. The work of the different collaborating groups was presented by their respective leaders. PhD students introduced their projects to each other in talks and poster sessions. Team building activities such as organizing a social reception and assisting with the two-day symposium added fun and brought about the group spirit. The week closed with celebrations: Congratulations to Ine Maes from VIB for the best poster presentation and to Nuria Vendrell Llopis from NERF for the best oral presentation!