Thursday, 19 May 2022

16.00 - 17.00h

Arrival and registration of participants

17.00 - 18.00h

Opening Session

  • Prof. Hester Bijl — Rector Magnificus Universiteit Leiden
  • Prof. Karen Maex — Chair of LERU and Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam
  • Prof. Maria Leptin — President of the European Research Council
  • Dr Christian Ehler — Member of the European Parliament for Brandenburg, Group of the European People's Party (EPP/CDU)
  • Mr Pavel Doleček — Vice-Rector for Strategic Cooperation and Development, Charles University Prague, and former Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Research, Czech Republic
  • Mr Henri J.J. Lenferink — Mayor of the City of Leiden, the Netherlands
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18.00 - 20.00h

Welcome reception, buffet, and music by the Koninklijk Conservatorium Jazz Combo

Friday, 20 May 2022

08.15 - 09.00h


09.00 - 10.00h

Welcome and introductory remarks

  • Prof. Karen Maex — Chair of LERU and Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam
  • Prof. Robbert Dijkgraaf — Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science.
  • Prof. Hester Bijl — Rector Magnificus Universiteit Leiden
  • Dr Pieter Duisenberg — Chairman of Universiteiten van Nederland (VSNU)
  • Ms Meta Knol — Director Leiden European City of Science
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10.00 - 10.30h

Keynote speech by the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

  • Ms Mariya Gabriel — European Commission, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Education.
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10.30 - 11.00h

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.00h

A global perspective

  • Prof. Kohei Itoh — President of the Keio University and representative of RU11 Japan
  • Dr Chad Gaffield — Chief Executive Officer of the U15-Group of Canadian Research Universities
  • Dr Tim Bradshaw — Chief Executive of the Russell Group
  • Dr Jan Wöpking — Secretary-General of the German U15
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12.00 - 12.30h

Statement on the role of academic institutions in building resilient and sustainable societies

  • Dr Didier Wernli — Senior Researcher and the Deputy Director for research at the Global Studies Institute of the Université de Genève
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12.30 - 13.30h


13.30 - 14.15h

Action in research: a multifaceted approach

  • Prof. Mariana Mazzucato — Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL)
  • Mr Alexandre Affre — Deputy Director General at BusinessEurope
  • Ms Apostolia Karamali — Head of Unit for R&I Actors and Research Careers of the European Commission
  • Prof. Hanneke Hulst — Professor in neuropsychology in health and disease at Universiteit Leiden. Member of the Young Academy.
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14.15 - 15.00h

Action in education: responsibility towards the future generation

  • Prof. Sari Lindblom — Rector of the University of Helsinki.
  • Mr Jakub Grodecki — Vice President of the European Students’ Union.
  • Mr Stefaan Hermans — Director Policy Strategy and Evaluation of DG Education, Youth, Sport, and Culture at the European Commission
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15.00 - 15.30h

Coffee break

15.30 - 16.00h

Action in science-policy-society interfaces: co-framing problems and co-producing solutions

  • Prof. Nicole Grobert — Chair of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors at the European Commission and Professor of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford
  • Dr Barbara Kieslinger — Member of the European Citizen Science Association Board of Directors, and senior researcher and project manager at the Centre for Social Innovation in Vienna
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16.00 - 16.30h

Action in internationalisation: global and sustainable

  • Prof. Yves Flückiger — Rector of the Université de Genève, President of swissuniversities, and Chair of LERU
  • Ms Veronika Hunt Safrankova — Head of the Brussels Office of the United Nations Environment Program
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16.30 - 17.00h

Signing of the Leiden Principles

  • Prof. Bernhard Eitel — Rector of Universität Heidelberg and member of the LERU Board of Directors
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17.00 - 17.15h


  • Prof. Karen Maex — Chair of LERU and Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam
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17.30 - 19.00h