Study associations

Two study associations are active within the master's programmes of the LIC: LIFE for LST and CDL for Chemistry. Students in the master's programmes are encouraged to become a member and participate in their educational and social activities.

Study association LIFE

Study association LIFE was founded on the 9th of September 1999 for the interest of all the Life Science & Technology (LST) students. With 30 members, all first cohort LST students, the first committees were installed and activities were organised. After ten years LIFE has developed into a full-grown study association with over 500 members and is still expanding each year. The study association has a lot to offer its members under guidance of a fulltime board. With 30 installed committees, existing of approximately 200 active members, LIFE provides a supplement to the education program of LST by organising excursions to companies and social activities. Study association LIFE operates as an intermediary between companies and its members. Many contacts are already established over the years with companies in the Netherlands and abroad. Members are brought in contact with the corporate world and research in the field of life sciences and technology. To achieve this, activities are being organised in cooperation with companies. For example excursions, workshops, trainings and lectures are organised annually. LIFE also takes care of supplying study books and lab equipment for reduced prices throughout the year. The association ensures feedback on the education program of LST and ensures evaluation meetings for both bachelor and master students. Each year a Benelux study trip is organized for first year students and a European study trip for bachelor students. Once every two years an intercontinental study trip is organised for master students. The aims of these study trips are to visit interesting companies and research groups abroad and to become familiar with other cultures. Each two months LIFE brings a journal with a report of all activities, interesting BSc and MSc reports, and interviews concerning interesting functions within companies and research groups. Furthermore LIFE organises Life Science symposia and congresses within this interesting field of science. Regularly LIFE also organises activities with related study associations in the Netherlands. These are only a few of the services LIFE provides. An interesting and joyful year is being realized by LIFE for all LST students.

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Study association CDL

The ‘Chemisch Dispuut Leiden’ (CDL) has been the study association for Chemistry students at Leiden University since May 20th 1926. Since 2006, CDL also represents students from the bachelor study Molecular Science & Technology.
The CDL has an annual book market where we offer study books for a reduced price. Furthermore, we offer exams from previous years on our website to give our members an idea of what they can expect from examinations still to come. We provide the opportunity to get an idea about career prospects by organising excursions and lectures, about career opportunities or research subjects.
Besides these study-related activities the CDL also likes to create a positive atmosphere among the Chemistry students. In order to do this we organize activities such as: weekly drinks in the Science Club, laser gaming, parties and other fun activities. Together with the other study associations of the Faculty of Science we organize the annual ‘Bètagala’ (a ball for all students of our Faculty) and the Science Career Event, a great way to gain more information about a large number of companies. Together with the chemistry study associations from Amsterdam and Utrecht we organize the annual PAC symposium, a day full of interesting lectures from renowned researchers, including a great diner and party afterwards. We also issue our magazine called ‘Chimica acta Lugduni’ four times a year.

Our office is located next to the main entrance of the Gorlaeus Laboratories. The board is present daily from 09.30 until 17.30 p.m. Our members often drop by for a cup of coffee or a cup of tea – both of which are free – or just to relax and have a chat. Since our office is not connected to the Gorlaeus New Building, the board will also be present in the New Building from time to time. Keep an eye on our website or mails to stay up to date about the days that we can meet you there!

We look forward to meeting you!
T: 071-5274502