Introductory meeting for new staff

Welcome to Leiden University! You are now part of the oldest university in the Netherlands. We’d like to invite you to join us at the introductory meeting for our new staff on 6 April or 28 September 2017.

You maybe already know that this university consists of 7 faculties with approximately 4,000 employees and more than 20,000 students. But did you also already know where our motto ‘Praesidium Libertatis’, or ‘Bastion of Liberty’ originates from? What are our most important strategic goals? What was it like for Einstein to live in Leiden? And do you know what the so-called ‘Sweat Room’ (‘zweetkamertje’) is and where it is located? Come and join the introductory meeting and discover Leiden University!

"It was good to know that there are so many smart and pleasant people joining LU.  Also good to see people being recruited from other sectors (not just uni people), diversity is key to progress."


Besides encouraging you to become familiar with your new working environment, the Executive Board feels it is equally important for you to get to know the ambitions and traditions of the entire university. During the meeting you will hear all about the history of the university, its current strategy and future developments. Also on the programme are a speed date with your new colleagues and a tour around the university’s most beautiful buildings. One of the places you’ll visit is the Academy Building. The day will start at 9.00 am and end at 3 pm. Thelanguage used during the meeting in 2017 shall be English.

Sign up

If you would you like to join the meeting on 6 April or 28 September 2017, please sign up via the registration form. The presentations will be held in English. If that is a real problem for you, please let us know when signing up so we can try to find a solution.

Experiences of employees

  • "I thought you did a great job. You made us feel welcome. Thank you."
  • "Very nice - I cannot remember when I have been thrilled that much by a presentation about history."
  • "Very interesting. Working on the science campus, this might have been my first (and only?) opportunity to learn about the university buildings "downtown"."
  • "It has provided a very nice overview about the 'bigger picture' behind the research strategy of the university. As a scientist I was delighted to hear that fundamental science has its firm place in the latter, and that this is also actively defended and even lobbied for."

Last Modified: 24-01-2017