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Leiden European City of Science 2022 and the Urban Health Campus Almere Leiden present a programme entitled ‘Urban Health’ on 13th October.

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Stadsbauhaus 72 Langegracht 2312 NH Leiden Netherlands

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Over dit evenement

The multidimensionality of health in an urban environment serves as lead of the day. Urban health will, therefore, be presented in a context of, environment, inclusiveness and business. The dimensions of urban health will be explored by way of, (i) academic brainstorming, (ii) turning academic ideas in applied research, (iii) and implementation of scientific knowledge in daily practice. We will invite participants to share their own views on urban health. All-together, we will arrive at a multi-faceted view on health in an urban environment.


9.00 Registration, coffee and tea

9.30 Introduction by Roosmarijn van de Velde

Chief New European Bauhaus Leiden

9.45 Session I, moderator Roosmarijn van de Velde

Roy Remme, Centre of Environmental Sciences, University of Leiden

Health benefits of urban nature

Marco Roos, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre

Healthy biodiversity and rewilding cities

Hans Slabbekoorn, Institute of Biology, University of Leiden

Urban soundscapes: health issues for animals and humans

11.00 Energiser and coffee break

11.15 Session II, moderator Roosmarijn van de Velde

Eva Lems, Aeres University of Applied Sciences

Healthy behaviour in the living environment

Iris Otto, Gezond Kompas

Sustainable health in an urban environment

12.00 Energiser and intro lunch task

12.15 Lunch task and lunch.

13.30 Session III, moderator Miriam Frantzen

Anna Bornioli, Erasmus,

Making cities healthier by transport and urban policies

Fonz Dekkers, Water Authority of Rijnland

Urban metabolism of water and energy

14.15 Presentation lunch task by Iris Otto and Roosmarijn van de Velde

14.45 Session IV, moderator Miriam Frantzen

Bas Waterdrinker, BPD Gebiedsontwikkeling

The case of Energiepark

Raoul Becher, Starters4Communities

Grassroots impact entrepreneurship

15.30 Side presentations (posters, stands), chats with lecturers.

16.00 Drinks


Roosmarijn van de Velde is Chief New European Bauhaus at Leiden European City of Science 2022. The New European Bauhaus program is future oriented and focuses on mixing science, art and society. The main goal: fostering the sustainable transition and giving voice to future generations. The Stadsbauhaus in Leiden is headquarters of the New European Bauhaus Leiden, as well as the overarching Leiden European City of Science 2022 program. In the Stadsbauhaus the young program-team organizes a wide array of events and conferences where scientists, artists and citizens join forces for a better future. The New European Bauhaus Leiden is inspired by a movement of the same name, part of the European Green Deal. Leiden2022 is partner of the New European Bauhaus Network, in which many international organizations come together with a focus on sustainability, inclusion and esthetics. Read more

Roy Remme is Assistant Professor in Urban Ecosystem Services and Nature-based Solutions. Roy’s research revolves around the importance of nature in cities and the benefits it provides to people. He is interested in understanding how, when, and where nature impacts people, who benefits from nature, and how the benefits of nature can be leveraged to develop more sustainable, resilient, and healthy cities. His research straddles multiple fields, including ecology, geography, environmental economics, and environmental governance. He has a keen interest in developing and applying spatial models and tools that inform decision-making. Read more

Marco Roos is researcher of Naturalis focusing on biodiversity in urban areas. His main interest is in rewilding cities, i. e. spontaneous plant growth and in soil/vegetation succession as a way towards nature inclusive urbanization. Special attention is needed for what can be called hidden biodiversity, small organisms and microbes. Although often neglected or even disliked, these organisms play an important role in healthy urban ecosystems. Read more

Hans Slabbekoorn is Associate Professor in Acoustic Ecology & Behaviour. He has investigated natural soundscapes for almost 25 years in air and water, in forests and cities, in Europe, Asia, and North- and South-America. His expertise concerns observational and experimental studies about the role in life of variation in natural sounds and about the impact of anthropogenic sounds from noisy human activities on the presence, health, communication, reproductive success, and survival of animals. Humans often share the conditions and consequences of urban soundscapes with animals in cities. Read more

Eva Lems is study leader of a new professional master ‘Gezond Gedrag & Leefomgeving’ at Aeres Hogeschool Almere (estimated start Feb ’23). Besides I am a teacher and researcher. My expertise lies in the field of health promotion, health differences and participatory research. Read more

Iris Otto is a lifestyle and integrative medicine doctor focusing on health promotion, disease prevention and sustainable health. With her platform Gezond Kompas she aims to increase awareness and health literacy, by teaching the fundamental principles of human physiology, health management skills and the path to a personalized, sustainable healthy lifestyle. Read more

Miriam Frantzen is a social entrepreneur. She applies her networking and project management skills to coordinate high-impact projects in the socio-cultural sector. She passionately applies her skills where the fields of social (sustainable) entrepreneurship, integration policy and labour participation meet and is eager to work on building an inclusive society. She worked for OpenEmbassy, Art. 1 Midden Nederland and GroenLinks Utrecht, among others. Currently, she is working as a project manager at the Social Impact Factory in Utrecht (Plan Einstein Haydn programme), where she initiates different projects for and with people with a refugee background. Read more

Anna Bornioli is a transport and urban economist interested in healthy and liveable cities, urban walking, and mobility behaviour. I worked on the evaluation and design of interventions for walkable cities, car-free and low-traffic environments, 30km/h speed limits. I am also interested in how green and blue infrastructure and urban design elements can make cities healthier and more active. I have a background in Economics (BSc and MSc) and have 10 years of experience in the fields of public health, urban management and transport geography. Read more

Fonz Dekkers is an industrial ecologist who looks at the built environment as a natural system. In our current society, flows of energy, materials and water are quite similar and linear. If we still want to live and work in our precious delta, we need to rethink our urban environment into a more complex, diverse and adaptive system. Just as in nature, we need to evolve in order to grow. As a program manager, Fonz is responsible for the transition towards an energy neutral (2030) and completely circular (2050) water authority. Read more

Bas Waterdrinker is a development manager at the consultancy ‘BPD Gebiedsontwikkeling’. Bas holds a MSc in Business Administration. One of his projects is the development of the ‘Energiepark’ at Leiden. Read more

Raoul Becher is co-founder of Starters4Communities and young impact makers. And has been committed since 2013 to help young professionals with their careers with impact. We help young people find their personal motivations and give them the skills and attitude to bring about change. Read more