Destination Report Leiden 2017-01-10T16:46:13+00:00


Leiden, with its university and Bio Science Park, is among the leading scientific centres of excellence in Europe. The University has a worldwide leading position in such research areas as science, medicine, social sciences, law and humanities.

Leiden occupies a prestigious place in the scientific community: Invariably, Leiden University is on the list of the hundred best universities in the world. From the moment, in 1575, the university was founded, to the present day, it has been at the forefront of science; both fundamental and application-oriented.

City of Science

Leiden University has many scientific breakthroughs to its name, including the Superconductivity by Heike Kamerling Onnes. In addition to Kamerling Onnes, another 12 Nobel Prize winners have studied and worked in Leiden, including Albert Einstein,

Wide range of locations

Leiden offers a wide range of conference venues and hotels, from monumental to ultra modern. A famous historical site is the Stadsgehoorzaal situated in the historic city centre with a wide range of restaurants and

Well-oiled machine

Last year, the International Conference Alliance was founded by some initiators. Here, Leiden University, Leiden University Medical Centre, the municipality, Leiden Convention Bureau and marketing parties from the conference industry work closely with each other.



Stephan Huijbregts | Senior Researcher Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition

‘The SSBP likes to hold its meetings in ancient student cities around the world’


Stephan Huijbregts is Assistant Professor at Leiden University and Senior Researcher at the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition. He is one of the driving forces behind the 20th International Congress of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes (SSBP) that will take place in the historic city of Leiden in October 2017. The conference will attract around 200 participants: scientists and clinicians who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders.

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Ton van Raan | Professor of Quantitative Studies of Science, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) Leiden University.

‘The CWTS is one of the world’s leading institutes in this field’


Ton van Raan is Professor of Quantitative Studies of Science, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. Professor Van Raan’s main research area concerns the design, construction and application of quantitative indicators on important aspects of science and technology. In September 2014, the CWTS organised – under the leadership of Professor Van Raan and together with the European Network of Indicator Developers (ENID) – the 19th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI 2014) in the City

July 5th, 2015|Tags: |


Leiden European City of Science in 2022

Leiden will be the European City of Science in 2022. The ESOF Supervisory Board of EuroScience has awarded the organisation of the EuroScience Open Forum to the two cities of Trieste and Leiden. ESOF 2020 is going to be organised by the Italian city of Trieste and Leiden has been given the honour of organising the prestigious conference in 2022.

On 29 June both cities presented their proposal in Strasbourg. Leiden University, the Municipality of Leiden, Leiden Marketing and The Hague Convention Bureau have successfully joined forces for the organisation in Leiden.

Both impressive and solid

The ESOF Supervisory Board

July 17th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Leiden in 2019 centre for international knowledge exchange on Asia

From 16 to 19 July 2019, Leiden University will host the international Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) that brings together some 1,500 academics from all parts of the world. This was announed today by Rector Magnificus Professor Carel Stolker during the celebration of the Dies Natalis, the university’s foundation day. The news was confirmed by Dr Paul van der Velde from the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden University and congress ambassador.

ICAS 2019

ICAS is an initiative of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), affiliated to Leiden University, where the ICAS secretariat is also located. The first ICAS

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