Welcome to Leiden, Key to Discoveries
Leiden is the home of the host Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden is also the city of the internationally renowned Leiden University and one of the largest bioscience clusters in Europe.
In Leiden you can take a walk surrounded by 800 years of visible history. The City of Discoveries is home to the oldest university of the Netherlands. In addition the city is famous for its rich history and old city centre, with its canals, city gates, bridges, windmills, a castle, an observatory, the botanical gardens, weavers’ homes, almshouses, two large late gothic churches and several historical edifices. The highest museum density can be found in Leiden. Here, there are as many as 13 museums within walking distance.
Every two years, EuroScience in Strasbourg awards the title of European City of Science to a new European city. The title is awarded as part of Europe's largest biennial multidisciplinary science conference: the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). In 2022, Leiden hosts the 10th edition of ESOF. In September 2022, the EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) will also take place in Leiden, the city with the oldest university of The Netherlands.
There will be a 365-day long programme for anyone with a curious mind. The ultimate goal of Leiden European City of Science is to connect science and society.
See all activities of Leiden 2022 European City of Science.
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