A better environment starts at the Living Lab. Leiden Scientists investigate the effect of chemical compounds on biodiversity in 38 natural ditches. The official opening took place on 8 June 2017.
Breeding ground for creative innovations
After the introduction of Peter van Bodegom, Dean Geert de Snoo and alderman Paul Dirkse opened the Living Lab by revealing a plaquette on the research building. In his speech, De Snoo called the Living Lab a breeding ground for creative innovations, where all kinds of disciplines and educational forms come together: school classes, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Leiden University, and different research institutions. These institutions include Naturalis Biodiversity Center, but also the Leiden institutes of Environmental sciences, Biology and Physics. Alderman Dirkse said to be proud of this Leiden initiative, that has been supported by crowdfunding.
Enthuse for nature
The Living Lab is not only a research facility, it also offers room for education to students. The Living Lab organises weekly school class visits together with Technolab. During the opening, Technolab showed the attendees how they teach school classes about research and nature in a playful manner. The students for instance experience with a Jenga game that a food web can collapse. In addition, Technolab makes Living Lab research understandable for classes.