Venue

The 2020 symposium is organized by Leiden University, the Netherlands.

It will take place online. Details on the platform will be announced near the end of August 2020.


Symposium venue

The symposium takes place at Fletcher Hotel Leiden, with magnificent high floor views over the old city of Leiden. We are in the “Oude Meesters” area, specifically the “Rembrandt van Rijn” and “Willem van der Velden” rooms.

The venue is exactly 1 minute walking distance from Leiden Centraal, the main train/bus station, which is just 20 minutes away from Amsterdam Schiphol airport, the main airport of the Netherlands. Exit the station on the sea side, and immediately turn left into the “Level” building. Then take the elevator to the 5th floor (follow symposium signs/banners).

Symposium venue: Fletcher Hotel Leiden. Here shown from the sea side.

About the City of Leiden

In Leiden, you can stroll through 800 years of visible history. The City of Discoveries is home to the oldest university in the Netherlands: Leiden University. The city is also well-known for its rich history and old city centre, with its canals, city gates, bridges, windmills, a castle, an observatory, the Hortus botanical gardens, weaver houses, the courtyard homes, two large Late Gothic churches and various historical buildings.

The Old Observatory along the Leiden canals, now home to the University’s Honors College
(photo credits: Kees Hummel)

Stroll along the canals and the narrow streets of the old city centre and have history come to life through the stories told by a guide or actor. Tread in the footsteps of Rembrandt and get to know his Leiden or discover the pillars of the medical history of the Netherlands in the Hortus botanicus, the Academy Building, Professor Boerhaave’s workplaces and a 16th century anatomical theatre. On foot or by boat, by bicycle or accompanied by an experienced city guide, you’ll get a lovely view of this ancient historic city.

Leiden University’s main “Academy Building” along the Rapenburg canals.
Center of the city of Leiden, where two strands of the Rhine river merge.
The Pieterskerk, the main church of Leiden in late gothic style. Also features a thematic escape room “Mayflower” in one of the church towers.