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National and international research partnerships

Business Park, Leiden Bio Science Park

Leiden University is one of the parties behind the Leiden Bio Science Park Foundation, along with the LUMC, the Leiden municipality and the Bio Science Park Business Association (OVBSP). The park is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands in the field of life sciences. It comprises 170 businesses and institutes, of which more than 90 life science businesses provide employment for over 5,000 people.
Leiden Bio Science Park

BioPartner Center Leiden

BioPartner Center Leiden is the Netherlands’ largest business centre for new businesses in red biotechnology – the development of medicines and vaccines. Companies that originally started in here and that have developed to become serious players in the life sciences industry include::

  • Crucell
  • OctoPlus
  • Galapagos
  • Xendo
  • Millipore
  • Pharming.

Leiden University is a member of the Supervisory Board of BioPartner.
BioPartner Center Leiden


Leiden University collaborates in the LeidenGlobal partnership, where research institutions and museums bring together their scientific and educational knowledge in the area ‘Global and Area Studies’. LeidenGlobal Leiden brings academic and cultural institutions into contact with local communities, media, authorities, the business sector and non-government organisations.
Leiden Global

Lorentz Center

The Lorentz Center is a workshop center that organises international mono- and multi-disciplinary workshops in all scientific disciplines. The workshops are characterized by ample time for active discussions and informal interactions. The main focus is to foster collaboration between and within research communities, also beyond academia.

Any scientist can apply for a Lorentz Center workshop. Proposals will be reviewed by advisory committees. When an application is approved, the Lorentz Center provides funding for lodging and travel of participants. In addition, each workshop is assigned a coordinator who takes care of the practical organization.
Lorentz Center

Economic agenda for the Leiden area 2020

The Economic Agenda for the Leiden area is a partnership of six municipalities (Leiden, Oegstgeest, Leiderdorp, Voorschoten and Zoeterwoude, Katwijk), a number of industry associations and teaching and knowledge institutions from the Leiden region, including the University and the LUMC.  The implementation of the agenda strengthens the economic structure, the innovative power and the business climate of the region Economic agenda.

One of the projects being developed by Leiden University, the Hogeschool Leiden and the Municipality of Leiden is the foundation of a Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Alliance between Leiden University – Delft Technical University – Erasmus University Rotterdam

Leiden University, Delft Technical University and Erasmus University Rotterdam work together in a strategic alliance in the area of teaching, research and impact, in order to achieve added value for the institutions themselves and for the local area. In order to shape the ambitions of the alliance, in addition to the already existing Medical Delta [link], eight multidisciplinary centres have been set up in the area of sustainability, the economy, security, urbanisation and access.

Public-private partnership

Luris is the expertise Centre at Leiden University that helps our researchers and students achieve societal impact for their inventions and their knowledge. Luris achieves this by creating strategic alliances with industrial and other relevant partners in society, exploiting national and international funding opportunities and creating new business through spin-offs and start-ups for researchers and students from different disciplines.

League of European Research Universities

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is a group of 22 prestigious European universities. The primary goal of this alliance is to convince national and European authorities of the importance of fundamental academic research and the role that research universities can play in this. In addition, LERU focuses on the exchange of expertise between its members and the stimulation of collaboration and interaction between its students and academics.

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