Alumni Newsletter May 2020
Universiteit Leiden

Alumni News

June 2020

Van der Werfpark & Law Faculty

'President has simply asked people not to die'

What’s the situation like in Tanzania in these times of corona? How do Leiden alumni Marise and Joris Koch, retired general practitioners, cope with the little information from the government, their children’s home and tented holiday lodge in Tanzania? 'Funerals were held in secret at night.'

> Read about their experiences

Tanzania in times of Corona

Artificial intelligence in Leiden

From care- and chatbots to complex ethical issues: artificial intelligence is all around us, at Leiden University too. It offers convenience, solutions and unprecedented possibilities, and raises new questions, about liability and privacy, for example. Researchers from all disciplines work hard to find answers and to innovate in the field of artificial intelligence.

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Award to connect science and industry

Plant scientist Omid Karami is the first winner of the Krijn Rietveld Memorial Innovation Award, an initiative of Leiden University Fund and Royal DSM. Karami discovered a gene that allows annual plants to grow after flowering, instead of dying. The jury praises the outstanding quality of his research as well as the positive societal impact and commercial potential.

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Omid Karami

New: Leiden Alumni China group

Recently, the group Leiden Alumni China has been set up by Carmen Bakas and her colleagues Dan Xu and Zi Wang. They wrote an article “Leiden alumni abroad in times of Corona”. After receiving many enthusiastic reactions they decided to set up a Leiden Alumni China group to interact and connect. Friday 19 June they’ll meet!

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Leiden Alumni China

LUMC researchers are working day and night to stop the corona virus once and for all. The #wakeuptocorona campaign is on the verge of reaching the 1 million euro’s milestone. Will you help us get there?

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Online Alumni Webinars

› Seminar: Florence Nightingale Colloquium presents Max Welling 
  26 June - Online - by prof.dr. Max Welling

› Leiden Alumni webinar: 
The innovation mindset
  9 July - Online - by ir. Sjoerd Louwaars

 Free Online Masterclasses PLNT of creativity, entrepreneurship, and self-improvement:
The future of law - 23 June
    › Finding your first customer - 30 June

All events


Training Courses

› International Arbitration Training Course
   22-26 June - The Hague 
 International Humanitarian Law Summer School, The Hague
   6 - 10 July - The Hague
 International Criminal Law Summer School, The Hague 
  6-17 July - The Hague


Life long Learning: free MOOCs

› De-Mystifying Mindfulness
  From 22 June, by Chris Goto-Jones
Population Health: Syndemics
  From 19 June, by Matty Crone
› International Law in Action: the Arbitration of International Disputes
  From 13 July, by Eric De Brabandere and Giulia Pinzauti
› International Law in Action: A Guide to the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague
  From 10 August, by Larissa van den Herik, Cecily Rose and Yannick Radi 

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