Leiden European City of Science 2022

Leiden will be European City of Science in 2022, during which there will be a 365-day long programme for anyone with a curious mind. The year is being organized together with numerous national and international partners to connect science and society. Anyone can participate, from leading international scientists to curious kids — as well as artists, companies, students, community centres and museums.

From Local to International

In 2022, Leiden will show Europe that it is truly a city of knowledge. This will be done through local initiatives with international appeal. For example, alongside scientific conferences, 101 neighbourhoods will take part in Leiden2022. The program will also offer a different subject every day, such as bats, hiccups, diabetes, and artificial intelligence. Everything and anything could be explored.

EuroScience Open Forum

One of the international conferences Leiden2022 will be hosting is the 10th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). ESOF is Europe's largest and most prominent scientific conference for interdisciplinary research and innovation. The conference aims to provide scientific content, with debates on the latest developments and discoveries in science, humanities and social sciences. ESOF discusses how research and innovations can help us move forward.

The theme of Leiden2022 is “Who Knows”. This reflects the current zeitgeist, in which opportunism and deepfakes gnaw at scientific integrity and truth-finding. “Who Knows” is about who owns wisdom nowadays? Who determines what is true, and who knows what the future will look like?

For questions or ideas about conferences, please contact us at lize@leidenconventionbureau.nl. Feel free to share ideas with Lucien Geelhoed (Intendant) via l.geelhoed@leiden2022.nl or with Meta Knol (Director) via m.knol@leiden2022.nl

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