Hosting the world in 2022

It has not gone unnoticed that Leiden has been awarded the title European City of Science for the year 2022. A prestigious title which also grants the right to host ESOF 2022, the tenth edition of the biggest biennial multidisciplinary science convention of Europe. On this website after the 2020 summer all information will be provided regarding the preparations and run-up to 2022. A year in which Leiden will be the stage for European knowledge and science, giving great momentum to the whole of the Netherlands. Stay tuned!

European City of Science title passed on to Leiden

In Italy the prestigious title of European City of Science was officially handed over to the city of Leiden. Henri Lenferink, mayor of Leiden, received the title from Roberto Dipiazza, mayor of Trieste, in the presence of Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte.

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Leiden European City of Science has a new director

In 2022, Leiden is European City of Science. Ever since the city received the official title in 2017, preparations for this special year are underway. At the invitation of the founding partners of Leiden European City of Science 2022 (the municipality of Leiden, Leiden University, and the Leiden University Medical Centre), Meta Knol has now agreed to take the place of programme director Fried Kramer who was, due to personal circumstances, no longer able to lead the process.

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Successful bid process

On the 29th of June 2017 both Leiden and the Italian city Trieste presented their bids to organise the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). The ESOF Supervisory Board considered both bids to be very impressive and strong. Therefore, the exceptional decision was made to award both candidates the title of ‘European City of Science’.

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Leiden International Science City

Many cities claim to be cities of science. Leiden truly is it. The concentration of talent and scientific knowledge makes for a city in which international talent and expertise have been bringing about innovations for many centuries.

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EuroScience Open Forum 2022

EuroScience Open Forum 2022 In 2022 Leiden will host the EuroScience Open Forum, the biggest multidisciplinary scientific convention of Europe. The Leiden candidacy is supported by two local champions of Leiden University, Prof. Dr Corinne Hofman and Prof. Dr Ferry Breedveld. Both are very proud of the result.

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