Introducing Our 7 Keynote Speakers

We are proud to announce the keynote speakers for all seven tracks of the ESOF2022 scientific programme that comprise the broader conference theme of Crossing Borders, Engaged Science, Resilient Societies:  

The seven tracks will challenge the keynote speakers (and other delegates) to address the most pressing issue of today’s world within their field of expertise and provide an interdisciplinary and multifaceted perspective that will set the tone for the following programme sessions.  

  • Sustainable Environment – Prof. Marja Spierenburg, Professor of Anthropology of Sustainability and Livelihood at University of Leiden 
  • Cultural Identities and Societal Transformations – Dr Jennifer Willet, Canada Research Chair in Art, Science, and Ecology; a professor in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor; Director of INCUBATOR Art Lab  
  • Space for Science – Prof. Ben Feringa, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, Center for Systems Chemistry; Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at University of Groningen   
  • Healthy Societies – Prof. Sir Peter Gluckman, President of the International Science Council; Professor at the Liggins Institute, New Zealand   
  • Freedom and Responsibility of Science – Prof. Dr Paul van der Heijden, Professor of International Labour Law at University of Leiden 
  • Science and Business – Mr Yousef Yousef, CEO of LG Sonic  
  • Sustainable Academic Careers – Dr Gemma Modinos, Chair of Young Academy of Europe   

In more than 100 sessions, diverse groups of scholars, policy makers and societal and business partners will engage at ESOF2022 to debate climate change, migration, sustainable future, chronic diseases, and contested heritage – the major topics addressed by the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDGs).  

Search for more information about the keynote speakers and the plenary sessions in the programme calendar. More importantly, don’t forget to register. There are many other fascinating scientific and sponsored sessions, poster sessions, award ceremonies, network opportunities, field trips and much more to discover at ESOF2022 in Leiden!