Why Leiden?

When choosing a location for a conference, the following criteria are considered the most important: budget, safety, accessibility, options for an extraordinary social programme, and the quality of the conference and hotel accommodations. You can aid us in promoting Leiden by emphasising our unique selling points

  • The Netherlands
    Politically stable, safe, hospitable population, able to speak English well
  • Leiden, geographical location
    Directly accessible by train from Schiphol Airport in 15 minutes, 6 x per hour. Schiphol is the 5th airport in Europe and has direct connections to almost 300 destinations across the entire world. The Hague is accessible by train in 10 minutes and Amsterdam in 30 minutes. North Sea beach is accessible in 15 minutes, Bollenstreek flower fields in 20 minutes
  • Leiden conference selection
    Conference capacity up to 2,500 attendees, 20 extraordinary conference locations, state of the art, for the most part in the historical city centre with magnificent canals, within walking distance from hotels. 3,000 hotel rooms in Leiden and vicinity
  • Excellent value
    Accommodations and conference locations significantly cheaper than in the biggest cities
  • Climate-friendly city
    Easily accessible using public transport, locations are mostly Green Key and options for organic catering, walking and cycling city, additional option for advice on how to fly climate-neutral by compensating for CO2 emissions
  • The pride of Leiden
    The oldest university of the Netherlands (1575), invariably in the top 100 of best universities in the world. Motto: libertatis praesidium, ‘stronghold of freedom'. The Bio Science Park Leiden, the biggest Life Sciences Cluster in the Netherlands. 13 museums, birthplace of Rembrandt. Canals, windmills, gates, courtyard communities and 3,000 historical monuments

Leiden's history

Situated at what has traditionally been an important junction, where waterways and roads cross, stands a city that will enchant you: Leiden. The city is famous for its almshouses, university, museums and glorious history. The spirit of the Golden Age lives on here, a place where Rembrandt was born and inspired so many other influential painters. But even after this era, Leiden continued to attract scientists, artists and industry. The canals, the historical buildings, the alleyways, the treasuries of knowledge, culture and science: Leiden is definitely worth seeing.