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This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

Website design by Anna Noij & Nicoletta Radice

Photo credits: Paul Préaux & Esa Kasmir 

TEDxLeidenUniversity 2019 is the second annual event, connecting students and people from around the campuses and surrounding areas of the historic Leiden University. As the oldest university in the Netherlands, Leiden has a prominent reputation as a globally recognised leader in research based learning, with a 27,000 strong student body from over 115 countries worldwide.

The TEDxLeidenUniversity Team was founded in 2017 by a group of students with the aim of sparking local debate and asking thought-provoking questions. After months of planning, visualising ideas and curating speakers the first edition of TEDxLeidenUniversity took place on the 29th of April 2018. The day was centered around the theme of ‘Building Bridges’ and brought together 9 speakers, a great number of volunteers, a variety of sponsors and 100 attendees. Due to its great success, the second edition of TEDxLeidenUniversity has been passed on to a new, diverse and passionate team from numerous faculties with fresh aspirations and ideas.


This year, our team hopes to build upon last year’s strong foundations to make TEDxLeidenUniversity 2019 more engaging to the local community, challenging more perceptions and bringing new people together. The theme that we have chosen to explore this year is ‘Through a New Lens’, encouraging our community to look at issues from a different perspective and discover new things.


TEDxLeidenUniversity events are not subsidised and are run with the support of our sponsors and the work of a dedicated group of volunteers who give their time and energy.


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