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Annual Year Overview 2017 published

With our annual year overview, we like to show you Leiden research impact at its best. 

We've also included a selection of interesting stories or as we call them: cases. These cases come from all four Luris teams – often working closely together to achieve the best results for our researchers. They range from collaborations with Philips to new start-ups and joint research projects with the Getty Institute.

We hope you enjoy these stories and keep us in mind whenever you need some help in making the most of your scientific knowledge.

Ps. Rather flip through a paper copy of the overview? No problem, just send us an email via and we'll send you one! 


Startup Concord Neonatal receives seed capital from UNIIQ to give preterm babies a better start

Startup Concord Neonatal BV has received a capital injection of €300,000 from UNIIQ investment fund for the development of Concord, an innovative delivery table. With Concord, a neonatologist can provide life-saving care in the first critical minutes after birth without having to cut the umbilical cord first. The investment was announced by Alexandra van Leeuwen director Facilitair Bedrijf at LUMC.

Read the full press release.


Luris presents: free online course on knowledge exchange

Interested in increasing the impact of your knowledge on society?  Enroll in our free online course on knowledge exchange today!

This course is for those who are new to how knowledge is transferred from yourself or from a knowledge institute into society at large. It is for those who want to know how to protect their knowledge, how to approach parties for collaboration, and how to find the right funding for your idea. It is for those who want to start thinking about how knowledge exchange might be useful in their business or academic career.  It provides an introduction to one of the basics of knowledge exchange, the stakeholders involved and the most common pitfalls on your way to transform our world with your ideas!

This course is led by Prof. dr. Gert-Jan van Ommen and brought to you by Leiden University, Leiden University Medical Center and Luris.

You can find our online course on Coursera



LU(MC) talent met Young STT

On the 11th of October, The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT), Luris and HUBspot organised an inspirational and energising night about biotechnology, art and the future. Young professionals from Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center had the opportunity to meet with like-minded spirits from Young STT.

The purpose of this event was to create a meeting place for enthusiastic and creative minds from industry, society, science and government to talk about the implications of research findings for society and the possible application of new technologies. The participants gained new insights about the future through lively discussion during the group sessions and were further inspired by Professor of Art and Science Interactions, Rob Zwijnenberg.

About STT and Young STT
The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT) is an independent non-profit foundation, funded by financial contributions from the Dutch government and industry and science. STT carries out society oriented technology foresight studies. For that purpose, STT facilitates a free space in which stakeholders, experts and creative minds from industry, society, science and government take part. 

Young STT consists of talented young people working at the companies and institutions representing the STT governing board, which among others include T-Mobile, Philips and KNAW.

About Luris
Luris connects academics of Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) with the market and society at large, in order to enhance the impact of novel technologies and knowledge.

About HUBspot
HUBspot is a centre for Leiden students, recent graduates and everyone who's interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.



Leiden celebrates European Research Council’s 10th anniversary

On the 23rd of June, Leiden University (LU) and LUMC celebrated the European Research Council’s (ERC) 10th anniversary by honouring their ERC grantholders. LU and LUMC academics have been actively engaged with the programme since it began in 2007 and have collectively been awarded over 70 projects with a value of over 100m Euro.

The event, co-organised by Luris Grant Development Team and LUMC Directorate of Research, was opened by LUMC dean Pancras Hogendoorn who acknowledged the Leiden success rate and offered advice to the future applicants in the room commenting the current success reflects the potential of Leiden academics, but it also raises the bar. This was also reflected in the message from the representative of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Doenja Koppejan, who warned future applicants “to look before you leap”. However, all the ERC grantholders speaking at the event agreed having an award was rewarding and, for some, even life changing. In the words of Professor Sjaak Neefjes, Advanced grantholder: Should you apply? Yes, you can!

Grantholders Eveline Crone and Carlo Beenakker
Among the speakers were Spinoza winner and Starting and Consolidator grantholder Professor Eveline Crone and Advanced and Synergy grantholder Professor Carlo Beenakker.

Eveline Crone provided the attendees with insights into her research on brain development related to cognition and behaviour of children and adolescents. She then shared her own ERC story, reassuring future applicants to keep trying by highlighting her own journey in obtaining her first then second ERC grant despite many previous rejections from other funders, she went on to explain how the ERC grants had changed her life and research career. She also emphasized the importance of the ERC grants for research in general.

The 3-P’s
Carlo Beenakker closed the event with a thought provoking contribution by presenting an example of “Why Einstein would be a great match for an ERC Grant”. The 3-P’s model – Peers, Pilot, Perspective - will guide each ERC applicant towards a successful grant proposal.

Future applicants: need help with your application?
If you would like to apply for an ERC grant contact the Luris Grant Development team

Further information, including useful factsheets and information on how to prepare for ERC grants can be found in the Funding Calendar pages of each of the different ERC schemes. 


Complete overview of the slides presented at this event. 

Slides per presentation
- General slides

- slides RVO

- slides Dennis Hetterscheid

- slides Petra Sijpesteijn

- slides Sjaak Neefjes

- slides Carlo Beenakker

Luris is coming to you

June 5

Luris would like to (re)connect with you and we are therefore going on tour. In the next two weeks we will set up a booth at both Leiden University and LUMC where you can meet us face to face and ask us any question you have on valorisation, license agreements, patents, entrepreneurship, legal affairs and much more. Please see the schedule below to find out where we are!

June 6 - Faculty Social and Behavioural Sciences (FSW)
10.30 am - 15.00 pm
Lounge, ground floor

June 7 - Faculty of Humanities (FGW)
10.30 am - 15.00 pm
Lounge, ground floor

June 9 - LUMC, research building (building 2)
10.30 am - 15.00 pm
Entrance, ground floor

June 14 - Faculty of Science (W&N)
10.30 am - 15.00 pm
Gorlaeus, ground floor


New Luris publication: 'Aspects of Globalisation' 

January 25

Luris proudly presents the publication Aspects of Globalisation - Mobility, exchange and the development of multi-cultural states. This publication features novel Leiden-based research on various aspects of globalisation, such as (ancient) migrations, multi-lingualism, multi-cultural states, trade routes and the spread of faiths.

Leiden University has an international - indeed, a global - reputation for excellent research in the Humanities. In  'Aspects of Globalisation' some of the University’s most promising scholars in the Humanities present their research into various aspects of the 'entangled' world. 

Connectivity, entangled worlds, globalisation. These are buzzwords that have dominated political and academic discourse over the past decade. But they matter, because they provide us with a framework to better conceptualise the ways in which societies are shaped, how they rise and fall, change and endure. On behalf of Leiden University, Luris hopes the studies presented in this publication may inspire the reader to rethink aspects of our own society. Aspects that strike us as familiar and ‘modern’, but that are as ancient as human society itself.

The booklet will be distributed at the Leiden University Dies Natalis on February 8 and will be made available to a wide audience. Click the cover below to browse the digital edition.

Luris’ Stefan de Jong awarded with Rubicon grant for research on university valorisation policies

January 19

Grant Advisor Stefan de Jong has been awarded a Rubicon grant for his research on the effects of university valorisation policies on the impact of academics. Many academics consider engagement with and impact on other individuals, groups and organisations in society inherent to their profession. Nevertheless, in recent decades governments, research funders and universities have introduced policies to increase impact of academics on society. Effects of these policies on research are well documented. Surprisingly, effects on impact itself have thus far received little attention. This project for the first time addresses this issue within the context of universities by answering the research question ‘how do internal impact policies affect societal engagement of academics?’.

Read more in the Leiden University news item.