Invitation to register in advance

On Wednesday 10 November, we will launch Leiden European City of Science 2022. For the very first time, a European city will host a festival of 365 days, brimming with science, knowledge, art and expertise. Highlights of the program include the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) and the hyperlocal program Knowledge throughout Neighborhoods. In 2022, Leiden will be the hotspot of European science!

During the hybrid launch we will welcome esteemed guests such as Shamila Nair-Bedouelle (Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO, Paris), Jean-Eric Paquet (Director-General Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels) and Ingrid van Engelshoven (Minister of Education, Culture and Science, The Hague). We will present the 22 highlights of this remarkable year, as well as our brand new visual identity and website. We are looking forward to celebrating with you what has been accomplished so far and what is yet to come.

We are inviting a select group of press to attend the hybrid Leiden2022 Press Launch on location at Naturalis Biodiversity Center on November 10. We are happy to officially invite you to attend this event on site. The program will be as follows:



Welcome Coffee & Tea /Registration in Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Darwinweg 2, 2333 CR Leiden)


Access the Auditorium/Studio and find your seat


Doors will close due to livestream. Please be on time.


Welcome & Start Hybrid Press Launch by Meta Knol (Director Leiden2022)


Speech by Shamila Nair-Bedouelle (Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences UNESCO, Paris), on the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development. Live video call.


Presentation by Lucien Geelhoed (Intendant Leiden2022): 2022 in 22 highlights!


Speech by Jean-Eric Paquet (Director-General Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels). Live video call.


Panel on stage
 1. ESOF: Matthias Girod (Secretary-General EuroScience)
 2. EUCYS: Henk Hoekstra (Former contestant EUCYS, Professor Observational Cosmology, Leiden University)
 3. Knowledge throughout Neighborhoods: Hanna Groen (local resident) showcases one of many co-created activities




Videomessage by Ingrid van Engelshoven (Minister of Education, Culture and Science, The Hague)


Live Q&A


Closing by Meta Knol

12.00 - 13.00

Offline QenA, interviews, etc

Directly after the Press Conference there will be an opportunity to interview spokespersons of Leiden2022. Please ensure yourself of a time slot and contact Eva van Ekdom (+316 34328713). For other press, interview questions and opportunities, please send an email to

We kindly invite you to register for the event in advance. You can easily register for the event by clicking the link below.

We hope to welcome you in Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden on November 10!

Kinds regards,

On behalf of the Leiden2022 team,
Meta Knol (Director) and Lucien Geelhoed (Intendant)

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