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3 October University - WetenschapsWarenMarkt

Tuesday 3 October 2023

Are you interested in finding out how a new organ can be made from stem cells? Do you know the places in the city that have a connection with Africa? Or would you like to learn how a psychology research study works? Discover all this and more at the 3 October University.

The 3 October University has had a makeover this year: on Steenschuur, opposite Van der Werf Park, there will be a real WetenschapsWarenMarkt: an ‘Academic Goods Market’. Leiden University is again organising this in conjunction with the LVVS Augustinus student association. Together they’re putting on a market full of stalls offering facts, science games and interactive guided tours.

You can take a walk with our guides along Rapenburg to hear more about the historic connections with Africa; become a research leader or participant yourself, in the Psychology Lab on Wheels; or play NitroGenius, a game about solving the nitrogen crisis. For young and old alike, there’s a whole host of things to discover and learn!

The 3 October University is open from 11.00 to 13.00 on Steenschuur. Everyone is cordially welcome and entry is free of charge. Registration is not required.

A walk through African Leiden

This walk will reveal an unexpected side of Leiden, described by professional guides. Who knew that in 1742 a man from Ghana was awarded a PhD in the Academy Building for his dissertation on slavery? Or that in 1999 Nelson Mandela received an honorary doctorate from Leiden University in the Pieterskerk? During this walk, these locations (and more) will be pointed out by staff members of the African Studies Centre Leiden. The walk takes around an hour, with a maximum of 15 participants per group. Starting times: 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30. Starting point: Nieuwsteegbrug


Can you solve the nitrogen crisis? NitroGenius is a game where each player represents a stakeholder in the nitrogen crisis: farmer, industrialist, politician or consumer . Your collective aim is to reach the targets of the Nitrogen Reduction Act by 2030: to protect 74% of the Natura 2000 areas against nitrogen. Players have to find a balance between their own aims and the aims for the environment. Play the game and discover the importance of teamwork in solving the nitrogen crisis!

Psychology Lab on Wheels

Play a part in psychology research in this mobile lab: the Psychology Lab on Wheels. Do you know what happens in your body when you feel a connection with someone? Do you start to sweat or does your heart rate increase? This is being investigated by researchers in the Institute of Psychology. Participate in a study and experience what goes on in real psychology research!

The Regeneration Journey

Did you know that a lizard can detach its tail to distract a predator? And can then simply grow another tail for itself! It does this using stem cells. In biology, this is called regeneration.

Unfortunately, humans can’t just grow a new arm, for example. However, we can use the same concept for helping people to heal. This is known as regenerative medicine. If you’re interested in learning how it works, come and join us on the Regeneration Journey!

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