At the next Dies Natalis, on 7 February 2014, Austrian rheumatologist Josef Smolen and German chemical biologist Herbert Waldmann will both be awarded an honorary doctorate from Leiden University. Both are influential figures in the field of healthcare.
Is an EU official allowed to wear a headscarf or turban? That depends on the country. Titia Loenen, Leiden Professor of Human Rights and Diversity, pleads for more equal rights in Europe. And for ‘polder’-style solutions to sensitive issues. Inaugural lecture 15 November.
Astronomer Ignas Snellen investigates the atmospheres of exoplanets, with the final goal of finding signs of life. This is becoming easier thanks to the ever more effective measuring methods of his research group. ‘Within ten years it’s going to get really exciting.’ Inaugural lecture on 8 November.