Invitation: Lustrum Alumni Event Saturday 19 September

Come back to Leiden on Saturday 19 September and experience an unforgettable afternoon and evening! For the 88th Lustrum, Leiden University is opening its doors specially for former students. It doesn’t matter whether you graduated recently or decades ago: all alumni are welcome!

Party in Leiden, come and join us!

This year Leiden University is 440 years old. We are celebrating this 88th Lustrum with all our alumni at a special Lustrum Alumni Event prior to the Night of Art & Science on Saturday 19 September 2015.

Our alumni will be given VIP treatment at a special venue in the heart of Leiden: the Faculty Club in the Academy Building on the Rapenburg.


17.00-19.30 hrs: Lustrum Alumni Event
At the drinks party in the Faculty Club there will be ample opportunity to talk with your former fellow students, friends and other alumni. You can also enjoy an excellent dinner.

There will be a special sneak preview of the top events of the Night of Art and Science: and will give you an exclusive taster for their talks later that evening.

19.30-01.00 hrs: Night of Art & Science
Immediately after the Alumni Event you can use your Passe-Partout to visit the Night of Art & Science: the festival packed with art and science that is taking place in the centre of Leiden.

The Faculty Club is the set Alumni Meeting Point up until 23.59 hrs. You can spend the whole evening here chatting while enjoying a drink.

Registration and costs

Tickets for the Lustrum Alumni Event can be bought online for €22.50 p.p.
This includes:
• Drinks reception
• Dinner
• Passe Partout for the Night of Art and Science
• Exclusive access to the previews and the Alumni Meeting Point

Ticket sales: Click here to order tickets
You are also welcome to buy a ticket for your partner.


 The Lustrum Alumni Event can also be found on Facebook .

Support the ‘Opportunities for students’ project

Leiden University and our alumni are celebrating the university’s 440th anniversary. We want to allow other people to enjoy this celebration too. We aim to do this with our ‘Opportunties for students’ anniversary project that we have started at  Join in this anniversary project!

Go to (click on English) and give students from Afghanistan and South Africa the chance to make a difference in their country.

What is the Night of Art & Science?

The Night of Art & Science is a Leiden festival filled with art and science. Leiden city centre will be the spectacular background to more than 150 acts (most of them in Dutch). The night is a combination of science with theatre, cabaret, film, experiments, art and music.

Take a journey of discovery to new knowledge, inventions and surprising artworks. You can choose where you want to go; the acts start in the Academy Building and the Observatory, just a stone’s throw from the Academy Building. The Faculty Club will remain open the whole evening for Leiden’s alumni: it’s a superb location to renew old contacts and make new ones while taking a break from the different acts.

People are still working hard on the exact programme for the Night of Art and Science 2015. To get you in the mood, view a compilation of the events last year.

About Bas Haring

Bas Haring is a philosopher; he holds the chair in ‘the public understanding of science’ at Leiden University. With his humour and enthusiasm he is able to make science and philosophy accessible to everyone.

His book Kaas en de evolutietheorie won the Golden Owl prize for youth literature in 2002. He has also presented lectures for the University of the Netherlands and is a regular panel member of the popular TV science programme Proefkonijnen. (Language: Dutch)

About Dick Swaab

Dick Swaab is a Dutch doctor and neurobiologist, and is the author of the bestseller Wij zijn ons brein. He is well known for his outspoken opinion on free will and the influence of particular substances on brain development in the womb.
During the Night of Art and Science Dick Swaab will talk about the question ‘Is there a happy pill for happiness?’ What substances in the brain work for happiness? Will it ever be possible to make a happy pill or can you become happy by stimulating a particular area of the brain? These are the questions he will address during the preview for alumni. (Language: Dutch)

Last Modified: 14-07-2015