Of Dutch people with paid employment, more than 20% fall asleep at their desks. This is one of the findings of a national survey on sleep and work carried out by researchers at Leiden University. The researchers call for more information on this issue and preventive measures.
Two ground-breaking international research programmes have launched a new collaboration to explore the policies and governance conditions that are needed if Africa is to match the economic and social achievements of Southeast Asia. David Henley, Professor of Contemporary Indonesia Studies in Leiden, is one of the programme leaders.
The Persian New Year has begun: on Tuesday 20 March at 06:14:22 to be precise. In Turkish this is called Nowrûz, which literally means 'new day'. New Year is celebrated in large parts of the Near and Middle East, and - thanks to the Shehrezade study association - also in Leiden.
Regional differences in the role of psychiatrists and psychologists in criminal cases can result in differences in judgments. This is the conclusion reached by Corrie van Esch, Leiden PhD fellow, in her PhD dissertation.
The origin of life on earth. This is one of the questions that Jan Wijbrans, Extraordinary Professor of Geology, will be addressing in his new role. For the first time since the 1980s, Geology will again be taught in Leiden. Inaugural lecture: 19 March.
Leiden University has maintained its excellent worldwide reputation, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Ranking published on 15 March. Leiden University has maintained its position within the 81-90 category in this top 100 of universities worldwide.
Leiden University is to have a visiting professorship in Georgian Languages, Cultures and Society. The official kick-off, organised in collaboration with the Georgian Embassy, will be held on Friday 23 March. One of the dignitaries present will be Sandra Roelofs, first lady of Georgia, who will be a member of the board of the professorship.
Terrorist attacks are not an end in themselves, but a means of creating unrest and fear. Terrorism policies and research should focus more on managing fear and social unrest. This is the advice of Prof. Edwin Bakker in his inaugural lecture on 16 March.
Leiden students Anne van Es and Marije Verplanke are spending a term at Hastings College of the Law, University of California, in San Francisco. Anne is a third-year student of Criminology and Marije completed her bachelor's in Law last year.
Student association Biruni and Turkish businesses in Leiden are this year celebrating 400 years of Netherlands-Turkey relations. The celebrations will start on 14 March with an event including music, lectures and film. 'Turkish ambassador Ugur Dogan, will be taking part,' says chairman Asiye Gedik enthusiastically.
Comparison between babies and song-birds when they are learning a non-existent language—a study of this kind has never been tried before. But this is what Claartje Levelt, Carel ten Cate (Leiden University) and Jelle Zuidema (University of Amsterdam) are attempting.
An international team of astronomers has found a substantial cluster of mature red galaxies in the early universe. The cluster is located 10.5 billion light-years from the earth, and is the most distant ever to be observed. This concentration of galaxies offers a glimpse of one of the most densely populated areas in the early universe. The results will shortly be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam have set out their plans for collaboration in a joint memorandum entitled ‘Adding Value’.
A new Honours Class allows exceptional students to do research in Normandy into the origins of life. What is especially extraordinary is that the Honours Class is the product of a collaboration between the universities of Leiden, Utrecht and Amsterdam, and two museums. Dr Rinny Kooi of the Institute of Biology Leiden calls the class ‘unique’.
Erik Kwakkel, researcher at the Faculty of Humanities, has found an extraordinary manuscript in the University Library’s extensive collection of medieval books. The book in question dates back to the first half of the eleventh century and is made entirely out of waste left over from the production of parchment from animal hide. The manuscript shows that people were already interested in economising in the Middle Ages!
‘The last 30 years have been bad for the European eel. The population has decreased by more than 90 percent. The precise cause of this decrease is unknown,’ says Dr Christian Tudorache. He is studying the physiological and ecological circumstances this animal has to deal with as it migrates to spawn.
Global versus local, democracy versus dictatorship, tradition versus modernisation: such contrasts make it difficult for anthropologists. They look in detail at what really happens and can therefore add some nuance to blueprints and debates, is what Frank Pieke, Professor in Modern China Studies, will argue in his inaugural speech on 2 March.
At the next Dies Natalis – the University’s birthday – on 8 February 2013, Paul F. van der Heijden (1949), Rector Magnificus and Chairman of the Executive Board of Leiden University, will be passing the baton to his successor.
Did you know that genes play a role in the development of obesity? But how about migraine and cancer? Do genes also have an influence here? Researchers from the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) are discussing this subject during the month of March on the RTL 4 programme ‘Lang zullen we leven’ (‘Long may we live’).
Old age comes with ailments. In view of the aging wave we currently face, what are we to do about these ailments? Biologist Pim Dekker discovered that the cells of people who come from families that live longer than average differ in a number of beneficial ways from those of their peers. In addition, these people’s cells display similarities with those of much younger people. PhD defence 28 February 2012.