Children already capable of self-control at an early age

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.

Memorable teachers: the three nominees for the Teaching Prize

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.

A Greek tribute to Leiden

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.’

A sustainable approach for the world's fish supply

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.

Extreme obesity calls for individualized medication

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

Excavating the gas chambers at Sobibor

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? 

‘Don’t sing like a donkey’

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 multicultural history of soya sauce

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.

Oldest ever engraving discovered on 500,000-year-old shell

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.