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Publicising research

Research output is not only relevant to academia. It is also important to inform the public of the discoveries that our researchers make.

How can you ensure that your research hits the headlines? How can you bring your research output, such as PhD research or a publication, to the attention of the public? Contact the University scientific communication adviser for more information.

Different channels

University news reaches the media through different channels: news articles on the University website, social media, the weekly newsletter and press releases. The scientific communication adviser will issue press releases as and when required.

PhD defence

If you are going to defend your PhD thesis and request a date for your defence ceremony, you will be asked to send a brief lay summary of your research via an online form. This summary will appear in the agenda and Research Output sections of the University website. Your summary will help the news team determine whether and how to focus attention on your PhD.

Inaugural lecture

The news team issues a press release before all inaugural lectures, making sure they contact the professor well in advance. This press release notifies journalists and the public of the inaugural lecture and tells the world about new expertise that the University now has in house.

Spotlight on a publication

If you have published a book or an article in an academic journal, inform the scientific communication adviser or your faculty’s communication department as soon as possible (after your work has been accepted) to discuss how to bring your publication to the attention of the public.

NWO or EU grant

If you have been awarded an NWO or EU grant, inform the scientific communication adviser or your faculty’s communication department as soon as possible to discuss how to bring this to the attention of the public.

Can journalists find you?

Make sure that your profile page is complete so that journalists who are looking for an expert to comment on current affairs can find you. This means using the right keywords in Dutch and English, to ensure you are found through the website and Google. You can also link related pages, such as news articles, agenda items, research projects, programme pages and dossiers.

Research dossiers

We use research dossiers to draw attention to areas of research in which the University has a longstanding tradition and which tie in with current affairs. The deans of the faculties decide on the subjects of these dossiers.

Leiden University performs a wide range of scientific research. The topics that are addressed here are characterised by their interdisciplinary approach. In addition, they are relevant to a wide audience and largely relate to the character of The Hague - the international city of peace and justice. The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is involved in the following topics: managerial solutions for worldwide challenges, governance and society, safety and threat, and Europe. You can find more information on these topics below.

Governance and Society

Governance comprises of a complex puzzle of organisations, people and diverse interests. Scientific research into this topic has resulted in an in-depth understanding of the ways in which administrators act, of organisation forms and the people who work there, and the ways in which organisations implement their policy. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Public organisations: change in structure, people and leaders
  • Politics: lobbying, influencing and policy changing
  • Abrasive European policy
  • Governance at a global level
  • Is unity strength? Member states on the world stage
  • Citizens and governance in Nigeria


In the past 10 years, ‘crisis’ has become Europe’s natural state. By way of the Euro crisis, the banking crisis flowed seamlessly into the current refugee crisis. Whereas in the early days people thought that a European collaboration would continue automatically, they now often seem to have doubts about the EU. The following problems will be addressed:

  • Implementation of the European policy
  • Dissatisfaction with Europe
  • The refugee issue

An eye for complex problems

Issues, such as climate change, resource depletion or social inequality are too complex to be dealt with by only one scientific discipline or one country. Here, The Campus focuses on the following topics:

  • Healthy food, healthy world
  • A clean environment; to what do we devote ourselves?
  • Understanding migration
  • Sustainable solutions
  • Knowledge as a world heritage

Safety and Threat

Research is the basis for an appropriate safety policy. By analysing the motives of radicalised individuals and creating an overview of the biggest risks involved in digital traffic, researchers from Leiden help in establishing sound measures. In this, they focus on:

  • Foreign fighters
  • The arrest, detention and release of Jihadists
  • The impact of terrorism and crisis communication
  • Cybersecurity

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