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Leiden will be the European City of Science 2022. Here is our latest news in the run-up to this incredible year. We are delighted to announce two new collaborations and introduce our new team members. 

Leiden2022 and Stichting 2030 will work together

Leiden2022 and Stichting 2030 recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDGs) are among the guiding principles for Leiden 2022. Stichting 2030 was established to create a movement that helps active go-getters achieve the SDGs. Stichting 2030 director Jasper Visser explains: “Leiden is buzzing with initiatives that contribute to achieving the SDGs.

On the way to a greener, fairer and more sustainable world in 2030, Stichting 2030 wants to strengthen and accelerate this as much as possible. We look forward to catalysing this movement further and giving it a European touch. We see great opportunities in the network and the energy of Leiden2022 to make meaningful change together.” 

University of Applied Sciences Leiden partner of Leiden2022
University of Applied Sciences Leiden has become partner of Leiden European City of Science 2022. UAS Leiden is the second and youngest university in Leiden, with around 13,000 students studying for bachelor and master degrees in Science & Technology, Health, Education, Social Work and Management.
Joeri van den Steenhoven, member of the Executive Board: “Together with University Leiden and Leiden University Medical Centre, we are the higher education institutions which make Leiden a real City of Science. Applied science is increasingly recognised as a vital part of the scientific landscape in Europe. Its practical orientation helps build an innovative economy and a better society through knowledge. We look forward to sharing our own applied research projects and those of fellow institutions in the Netherlands with our partners and the world at large. We also plan to create a platform which will enable participants from all over Europe to discuss the role and importance of applied science and how to develop it further as a research field.”          

Meet our new team members

Annemieke Biesheuvel – Fundraising relationship manager

We are thrilled that Annemieke will soon be joining us as our fundraising relationship manager. Annemieke knows her way around Leiden due to her extensive experience at Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center. She likes to dedicate herself to science and gets energy from connecting people with scientists: “Leiden2022 is a wonderful opportunity to let Leiden and all its partners shine as a true City of Knowledge.”

Coordinating, monitoring and reporting are Annemieke’s true drivers, so we are sure that she will make a significant contribution to Leiden2022. Annemieke is 51, married and mother of two daughters. We are happy to have Annemieke in our team!

Yanti Danoekoesoemo – Science Communicator

This month we also welcomed Yanti as our science communicator. Yanti has spent several years working in science communication, both for media companies as well as for different universities. She helped scientists share their stories in the media, wrote articles, made short documentaries and hosted and organised various festivals. 

Yanti is highly motivated to broaden people’s horizons, whether they are leading scientists or young children. Yanti is 33, lives in Haarlem and she is hooked on flamenco and outdoor sports. Welcome to our team, Yanti!
Another piece of good news…

Meta Knol has been permanently appointed director of Leiden European City of Science 2022! She will therefore be leaving Museum De Lakenhal on 31 December after more than eleven years as its director. At Leiden European City of Science, Meta will continue to ignite the city of Leiden’s vision for 2022 with art and science.

Livestream and Playbook

Did you miss our livestream in which we announced our overarching theme ‘Who Knows’? Watch here how we and our partners kicked off by presenting our programme vision (in Dutch).

Want to join us?

Science is part of Leiden's DNA; packed with knowledge, culture and expertise, it is known as the City of Discoveries. It therefore makes perfect sense for Leiden to become European City of Science in 2022, offering a 365-day programme for everyone with an inquiring mind.

Leiden European City of Science 2022 is set to reinvigorate public life after the coronavirus crisis. Together with numerous partners, we will develop a challenging programme that connects science with society. Everyone can take part, from leading international scientists to your local Gyro Gearloose. We will raise the profile of science, knowledge, arts and expertise through local action, on a national stage, with international appeal.

Want to join us or share your ideas? Please do not hesitate to contact Lucien Geelhoed at l.geelhoed@leiden2022.nl or Meta Knol at m.knol@leiden2022.nl.

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