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Open Dialogue Session

Join the first Social Safety Dialogue Session

Thursday 21 March 2024
Faculty of Science
The location of the room will be posted shortly

The Young Academy Leiden (YAL) is excited to launch the Social Safety Open Dialogue Sessions in collaboration with Human Resources (HR). We aim to connect the existing social safety policies and their implementation with the experiences and expectations of our community.


These sessions aim to create a space where everyone's voice matters. We want to turn discussions into tangible actions, ensuring that the community's collective experiences directly feed back to university policy. In this way, we aim to improve social safety in academia together, step by step.

Our first session is centered around the theme of "Trust" and will be held on March 21st, from 15:00 – 17:00. We are honored to have the session opened by Prof. dr. Jasper Knoester, Dean of the Faculty of Science. This first dialogue session will take place at the Faculty of Science. Future sessions will each be hosted at a different faculty. We welcome all university staff, regardless of faculty affiliation or position, to join.

Here’s what you can expect from the Social Safety Open Dialogue Sessions:

  • Interactive discussions: Outline the rationale and intentions of current policies and explore social safety in small groups.
  • Real-life narratives: Openly discuss experiences to connect these with the social safety policies to further develop the framework.
  • Expert involvement: Join in discussions with social safety professionals, including those from HR and the Ombudsperson. They are present to listen and take steps based on these conversations to further develop our university's social safety.


We promote a 'plus-1' set-up: when you intend to join the session, you are welcome to invite a colleague you trust and who you believe could offer valuable insights. During our discussions, drinks will be provided. To ensure a focused and open dialogue, we are limiting attendance to 30 participants. Please use the link below to RSVP and secure your spot. Your voice matters. Let’s discuss, reflect, and act.

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