Life Sciences & Health Week
More than 400 years have passed since the first medicinal plants were brought to the Hortus Botanicus, and now, Leiden boasts its own Bio Science Park. The past four centuries of medical innovation have seen one discovery lead to the next. They were years in which greats such as Albinus, Boerhaave, Von Siebold, and Einthoven flourished and now, 30,000 bright minds are working every day on the breakthroughs of tomorrow. Herman the genetically-engineered bull, Factor V, the Janssen Vaccine, and regenerative medicine are the impressive results of such research.
Why did the Life Sciences & Healthweek exist?
Life Sciences & Health are huge sectors within Leiden. Because of this the Leiden Bio Science Park, the LUMC, Leiden2022, and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave have organized the Life Sciences & Healthweek. Between the 28th of May and the 5th of June 2022 researchers and healthcare professionals could meet each other for a scientific debate while the public could learn more about the future of prevention and healthcare.
The main goal of the event was to connect civilians, companies, researchers, medical professionals, and others to stimulate an exchange of knowledge. The secondary goal was to create fun and educational activities for different audiences.
What was the Life Sciences & Healthweek?
The event started of with the Public Day of Regenerative Medicine in the Stadsgehoorzaal on the 28th of May. This Public Day consisted of dozens of smaller activities. Highlights consist of the TK Challenge on the 29th of May, the Global Impact in Health Symposium on the 30th of May, the workshop microscopics in Rijksmuseum Boerhaave on the 4th of June, and the opening of Folding Life: an artwork by Ana Oosting which could be seen in the LUMC Gallery from the 3rd of June onwards. The Museum Night also played a crucial role in the event.