Alumni Newsletter April 2020
Universiteit Leiden

Alumni News

April 2020

Sterrewacht Leiden
In these uncertain times we would like to offer our alumni our support. Whether you are working from home, in seclusion or working in a vital profession, we hope you are doing well. With this newsletter we want to inform you about what is happening at your alma mater. Employees work from home as much as possible. Our colleagues are working hard to enable online education for our students. Scientists remain fully committed to their research into solutions to the major challenges of our time, helping to fight infectious diseases and crisis management. Unfortunately, we have had to postpone many events, including those for our alumni. But, we do offer you online knowledge and connection. This includes free lecture series, webinars and our Mentor Network. The other news in this newsletter hopefully offers some distraction from all the worries about the situation in which we find ourselves. Do you have any questions or is there something we can help you with? Let us know via

GP in Spain in times of corona

Dr Jan Otto Landman (Medicine, 1979) has a GP practice in Torremolinos and Fuengirola, Southern Spain, and since 16 March he has been writing blogs about corona. He has covered issues such as the restrictive measures, the possible finding of a vaccine, medication to combat corona and the different strategies that countries are using in the fight against corona.

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GP in Spain

Our Leiden researchers on coronavirus

The global outbreak of coronavirus and the government measures to slow its spread are having a huge impact on society. Our researchers reflect on this impact from the perspective of their own discipline – or are even working on solutions.

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Hora est through a computer speaker

Samineh Bagheri is the first PhD candidate to defend her thesis fully remotely. In a small conference room, Samineh Bagheri sits behind her computer. 
On the computer screen, the committee is ready to begin its questioning. Bagheri is defending her thesis on black box optimisation problems.

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PhD Online

'Holiday cancelled: donate to corona research instead'

Thousands of people, including many Leiden alumni, have already donated online to Leiden University's corona research. For instance, by donating the extra money they have now they can't go on holiday, according to Dutch media.

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