Anthropologist Jan van der Ploeg’s students do fieldwork that is both exciting and informative. This includes working together with local inhabitants on ways to protect both crocodiles and their livestock. He expects a lot of his students and they appreciate this. They nominated him for the Teaching Prize.
The Leiden Observatory is starting a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to construct a new telescope.
Children learn how to control and slow down their own behaviour at an early age. This important skill initially requires a lot of brain activity, but becomes more and more efficient as they grow older and become adolescents, concludes PhD candidate Margot Schel.
A year after the start of the European Research Programme Horizon 2020, LERU Chairman Kurt Deketelaere has discovered operational problems in a number of areas, including financing.
The Leiden Papyrological Institute celebrated its eightieth birthday on Monday 19 January. Its collection of papyri – including paper, potsherds, pieces of wood and even lead – covers the period of 300 B.C. until after 800 A.D. and is entirely of Egyptian origin. The institute’s anniversary is celebrated with a permanent virtual exhibition.
Practising in the board room, inviting a marine officer to class, or inviting your students to take care of crocodiles. Three lecturers have been shortlisted for the Leiden Teaching Prize for best teacher. What is the secret of Anita van Dissel, Harmen Jousma and Jan van der Ploeg? The winner will be announced during the Dies celebration on 9 February.
Greek law student Vasileios Dafnomilis fell in love with Leiden a couple of years ago. That’s why he desperately wanted to come back, and he found a good reason. 'I was looking for a Master’s in European Taxation and Leiden was the only university worldwide that offered such a programme.’
Our motto is Praesidium Libertatis, or ‘bastion of liberty’. How did it come into existence, and in what way is Leiden University staying true to its meaning? Five questions about our motto.
China’s booming aquaculture industry is increasingly dependent on fishmeal made from wild-caught fish, a practice that depletes wild fish stocks. A new study conducted by institutions including Leiden University and Stanford offers a more sustainable path. The study appeared in the journal Science on 9 January.
The oxytocin hormone is recognized as a potential medicine to treat mothers suffering from postpartum depression, but Beth Mah has discovered that this substance can produce negative as well as positive results. Her PhD defence takes place on 7 January 2015.
Doctors and pharmacists often do not take obesity into account when prescribing medication. For this, more insight into the influence of obesity on the distribution and elimination of drugs is of the utmost importance. This is emphasized by Catherijne Knibbe in the most recent issue of the Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Leiden archaeologist Ivar Schute recently discovered the foundations of the gas chambers at the Sobibor death camp. 'The Holocaust is pratically incomprehensible; this work makes it more tangible.' What did Schute learn from his study of archaeology?
Hendrik Vanden Abeele has used his experience as a musician to study various interpretations of the Gregorian chant. This musical style has been interpreted and performed in many different ways throughout its long history, which has caused some serious consternation and debate in the past. His defence is scheduled for 15 December.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has awarded major grants to two consortia that Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center are part of. The money is intended for use in innovative research on health and sustainable raw materials.
Is it possible for sugar patterns on cells to activate the immune system to combat cancer? Sander van Kasteren is using his grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to discover whether this is possible.
Gerard Persoon, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, studied how indigenous peoples in the rainforests of Indonesia and the Philippines live and how they respond to the influences of the modern world. Thre is now an online dossier available on his work.
The discovery of an ancient engraving on a half a million-year-old shell happened by chance, says archaeologist José Joordens. She led the investigation into the oldest engraving ever found. What is the story behind this discovery?
The soya sauce in our kitchen cabinets is not a recent acquisition. This sauce is an important element in a long history of exchange between Asia and Europe. This is what Anne Gerritsen claims in her inaugural lecture for the Kikkoman Chair on Friday 12 December.
Homo erectus on Java was already using shells of freshwater mussels as tools half a million years ago, and as a 'canvas' for an engraving. An international team of researchers, led by Leiden archaeologist José Joordens, published this discovery on 3 December in Nature. The discovery provides new insights into the evolution of human behaviour.
Administering vaccines with microneedles could become a pain-free alternative to conventional thick injection needles. Koen van der Maaden devised a new strategy for using microneedles. Dissertation defence on 10 December.