Testimonials on Leiden as conference destination

When making a decision, nothing is more important than the experiences of others. That certainly applies when making the right choice for your conference, symposium or event. Over the past years, Leiden Convention Bureau has worked in close collaboration with institutions, associations and companies to organise conferences in Leiden. They share their experiences here.

37th International Scientofoc Instrument Commission Congress

In the period from 3-8 September 2018, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave organised the 37th International Scientific Instrument Commission Congress (a sub-commission of UNESCO). 

150 science historians, museum conservators and students from more than 20 countries from all around the world, talked about historic scientific developments. 

The readings and discussions took place in the two congress rooms of Rijksmuseum Boerhaave. Excursions took place not only in Leiden (Bibliotheca Thysiana, Pieterskerk, de Leidse Sterrenwacht, the depot and the University library), but also in other museums. These could easily be reached from Leiden by bus. The congress dinner took place in Leiden as well, in the Oranjerie of the Hortus Botanicus. After the congress we received many compliments, not onlu about the congress, but also about the beautiful city that is easy to navigate and has a lot to offer.







Hans Hooijmakers Deputy Director/Head Collections 




The historical city center, the beautiful venue and its ideal location with easy accessibility from Schiphol, international airport, was the key to hosting the largest ICRS-meeting in its history. Apart from the excellent science, many participants enjoyed the canal tour and the marvelous gala-dinner in the Pieterskerk.

Prof.dr. M. van der Stelt
Leiden Institute of Chemistry
Congres ambassador 


Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium
"From November 16 to 20 2015 the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium -- responsible for the data processing for ESA's Gaia mission -- for the first time held a meeting with the participation of every group in the consortium. About two hundred DPAC members gathered at the Holiday Inn convention centre in Leiden to review the status of the data processing and prepare for the first releases of Gaia data to the public in 2016.

Although Leiden was the natural choice for this meeting, given that its chairperson is a member of the Leiden Observatory Faculty, the main motivation was the ease with which Leiden can be reached from almost anywhere in Europe. The excellent assistance offered by Leiden Convention Bureau in finding the right venue for this meeting confirmed that Leiden was the right choice.

The Holiday Inn venue was greatly appreciated by both the conference organizers and the participants. The Holiday Inn staff provided very efficient support in the organization of the meeting details, including the flexibility to deal with last minute changes. The participants were very pleased with the fact that the venue offers both a large number of meeting rooms and spaces as well as rooms to stay during the conference. This set-up is ideal for the intended 'working style' conference, especially when it comes to stimulating ad-hoc meetings between persons or groups who otherwise do not normally meet each other.

To the conference participants, the city of Leiden itself offers plenty of opportunities for spending one's leisure time during the conference, and the proximity to some of the major Dutch cities in the 'Randstad' only adds to the possibilities for sightseeing, museum visits, etc."

Dr. Anthony Brown


International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) 
“The excellent facilities of the LUMC, an outstanding organisation (Boerhaave Congress Service), and the magnificent ambiance of the Pieterskerk have left a lasting impression on all of our visitors. The overall enthusiasm was endorsed by the American board of the Society, which proved that Leiden’s authenticity, warm atmosphere and excellent facilities enabled the city to amply measure up in appreciation compared to the competition with other congress locations such as the likes of Manhattan, NYC.”

Victor Kallen, ISPNE congres 2013

Klinkhamer Group
"Leiden is a serious destination for the national and international MICE sector: gorgeous locations, excellent social programme options and easy accessibility. What struck me most was the professional positioning of the city and the constructive collaboration between partners. A good set-up which was well above expectations.”

Niels Klinkhamer, Klinkhamer Conference Management