Leading academics shape our fields of research and are given the scope and the resources to excel. Time and again they demonstrate their prominent position in world research and are an example to our students. Every year, around 400 PhD candidates defend their dissertation at Leiden University, spread across all the University’s different disciplines. In 2014 scholars in Leiden published 5,533 academic publications.
The presence of these leading academics gives Leiden University a good position in international rankings and in personal scientific subsidies and prizes. Leiden academics feature strongly in the Spinoza Prizes, subsidies awarded by the European Research Council (ERC), Innovation Incentives from NWO and Academy Professorships at KNAW.
Leiden University works closely with the Bio Science Park, located just outside the city centre. Over the last few years it has grown to be the leading life sciences cluster in the Netherlands and now ranks among the top five most successful science parks in Europe. It is fully dedicated to biomedical life sciences and offers opportunities for both established companies and start-ups to flourish.
The Leiden Bioscience Park hosts 173 organisations employing nearly 17000 people. It features 11 multinationals and internationally acclaimed research instituts, 93 dedicated medical life sciences companies and the largest number of bioscience start-ups in the Netherlands.