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LIACS organizes different lectures and colloquia, like the Florence Nightingale Colloquium, LCN2 Seminars, the Ada Lovelace Distinguished Lecture Series and the OTICS Colloquium.

Florence Nightingale Colloquium

In honour of Florence Nightingale, the famous statistician, the Data Science Research Programme organizes a series of seminars in cooperation with the LIACS and MI. A few times a year a leading speaker gives a lecture on a current theme on data science at the Snellius. The seminars are targeted at a broad audience; in particular we invite PhD candidates and supervisors involved in the Data Science Research Programme as well as colleagues from LIACS and MI to attend. The seminar is supported by MI and LIACS.

See for more information the lectures at science page.

SAILS Lunch Time-seminars

Get inspired by Leiden AI experts from different backgrounds. The Leiden University SAILS Initiative (Society Artificial Intelligence and Life Sciences) organises a biweekly seminar that will definitely interest you. SAILS is a university-wide network of AI-researchers from all seven faculties: Law, Science, Archaeology, Social Sciences, Humanities, Governance and Global Affairs, and Leiden University Medical Centre.

See for the coming seminars this page.

You can find recordings of past seminars here.

LCN2 Seminars

The LCN2 Seminar is a monthly seminar on complex networks, aimed at scientists from all disciplines.

The Leiden Complex Networks Network (LCN2) aims at bringing together scientists with a common interest in both theoretical models and empirical analyses of complex networks and random graphs. The LCN2 community that is being established shares the approach of using networks to describe real-world complex systems and aims at developing related analytical and numerical methods, while also being open to other research approaches for studying complex systems. Members of this community will meet during monthly seminars, each consisting of one or two scientific talks, designed for a broad audience, allowing for constructive exchanges of ideas between scientists from different disciplines. 

Mailinglist and more information

Announcements regarding LCN2, its meetings, activities and scientific contributions are made via a mailinglist. You can register by sending an e-mail to  lcn2organization@googlegroups.com.

See for more information the lectures at science page.

Ada Lovelace Distinguished Lecture Series

The Ada Lovelace Distinguished Lecture Series brings outstanding computer scientists from around the world to Leiden University. The lecturers will share exciting ideas and results from the forefront of computer science.

The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) organises the Ada Lovelace Lectures approximately twice a year. Apart from computer scientists, alumni and students of computer science, anyone else with a serious interest in the field is invited to the lectures. They will be announced via the email list LIACS Talks, along with other research talks. We encourage you to subscribe to this list.

Ada Lovelace

The LIACS Distinguished Lecture Series is named after Ada Lovelace in recognition of the many ways in which her thinking and vision foreshadowed our current age of advanced computation.

OTICS Colloquium

Incidentally LIACS welcomes a leading computer science expert for a lecture on Overarching Themes In Computer Science (OTICS).

The main focus of the lectures is to identify new lasting themes in the field of computer science and to reflect on past and still existing directions. These overarching themes span all areas of computer science, including foundations, systems, programming, software engineering and computer science applications. 

Apart from (applied) computer scientists, alumni and students, anyone with a serious interest in the field is invited. The lectures are announced on the university’s event calendar and, depending on the lecturer’s preference, given in English or Dutch.

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