ESOF2022 in Leiden had several venues which all welcomed different elements of the conference programme. All the venues werelocated in the city center and were reachable in 5 minutes walking distance.

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The 900-year-old Pieterskerk is the oldest church in the city. On 8 February 1575, the first university in the Netherlands was given to Leiden in the Pieterskerk. By this act, William of Orange rewarded the city to resist to the Spanish siege. This was the beginning of many discoveries made in Leiden. Several scientists are buried in the church, including Willebrord Snellius (Mathematician and Astronomer) and Herman Boerhaave (Botanist, chemist and physician).

The Pieterskerk will also host the exhibition, the Welcome Reception, Studio ESOF2022, and the poster exhibition.


Kloksteeg 16
2311 SL Leiden 

Online Platform

Online delegates participated in ESOF2022 using our premium virtual conference platform, specially designed to allow delegates to easily take part in all live sessions delivered online and other interactive session features. The virtual platform seamlessly blended onsite and online experiences so online delegates felt as if they’re onsite. 

The online virtual conference platform included sessions, the opening and closing ceremonies, award ceremonies, access to the poster sessions as e-posters, some events of the exhibition, and an open networking area.


The Stadsgehoorzaal is a concert hall with a rich history in a neo-Renaissance architecture which is very rare in the Netherlands. The building and its impressive façade are the testimonials of its 200-year history. The left wing of the Sint-Catharinagasthuis was transformed into a “Stadsgehoorzaal” (concert hall) in 1826.  Other parts of the buildings were used as “industrial school” and location for various “scientific and art associations”. The building was modified throughout time with many adjustments and extensions.

The Stadsgehoorzaal will host:

  • The Opening and Closing Ceremony
  • Plenary sessions and Key notes,
  • Scientific sessions,
  • The ERC Award and the EYRA award
  • and many more elements of the programme.



Breestraat 60
2311 CS Leiden

Kamerlingh Onnes Building

In 1807 a gunpowder ship exploded there, wiping out 218 houses on either side of the canal. After the side had been vacant for half a century, a Laboratory was built. Thanks to Kamerlingh Onnes (Physist) and Hendrik Lorentz (Physist), it soon became one of the most advanced laboratories in Europe, with renowned scientists such as Marie Curie and Albert Einstein conducting research here. Today the building hosts the Faculty of Law.

During ESOF2022, the Kamerlingh Onnes Building hosted hybrid scientific sessions as well as workshops.


Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden

Hortus Botanicus

The Hortus Botanicus is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. Founded by the Leiden University in 1590 to benefit the medical students, for 400 years the Hortus has been open to scientists and visitors to study and view plants from around the world. There are now 60,000 specimens, with many rare species among them. It was also here that the first tulip grown on Dutch soil was cultivated by Professor Carolus Clusius (1526-1609).

The Hortus Botanicus will host the Delegates party on Friday 15th, July sponsored by our Partner Frontiers



Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden