What is LIMSC?

The next edition of LIMSC will take place from the 15th to the 19th of March 2023!

What is LIMSC?

The Leiden International (Bio)Medical Student Conference (LIMSC) is the largest biennial student conference in the world. LIMSC offers the opportunity for medical, biomedical, pharmacy, clinical technology and other life sciences students worldwide to present their research, to participate in various state-of-the-art workshops, to be enlightened by prominent guest speakers and to engage in networking with fellow international students and researchers. Furthermore, anyone interested in learning about cutting-edge research at the frontiers of science can attend the whole scientific and social programme without having to present their own research.

LIMSC takes pride in having been able to provide a high quality student conference since 1999 and we strive to improve LIMSC with every passing edition.

With LIMSC we aim to support building up the international research community to battle the scientific and health challenges in the world together. LIMSC gives students the opportunity to set foot in the research world by allowing students to practice presenting their work to fellow scientists and to get feedback and ideas for their work and to become part of the international research community.

To accomplish this, the LIMSC Organising Committee works closely together with the medical student association of Leiden (MFLS) and the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), where the conference is hosted as well.  

When is LIMSC?

The 13th edition of LIMSC will take place from the 15th to the 19th of March in 2023.

What sets LIMSC apart from other conferences?

We believe LIMSC is set apart from other student conferences by the following points:

1. High Quality Research

The organising hospital, the LUMC, takes pride in being placed among the world top university hospitals for its unique research practice ranging from pure fundamental medical research to applied clinical research enabling it to offer the highest quality research.

2. Great Networking Opportunities

Career and Internship Fair
The Career and Internship Fair will give you as a student the opportunity to get in touch with representatives from the LUMC, the Leiden Bio Science Park and other national and international institutions to discover the possibilities for your future career. 

Leiden Bio Science Park
The Leiden Bio Science Park includes the largest number of bioscience start-ups in the Netherlands and ranks within the top 5 science parks in Europe. Over 100 excellent pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, institutions and research centers are based at the Leiden Bio Science Park. Our tour during the scientific programme will give you the opportunity to get an insight into these companies.

To find out more about the Leiden Bio Science Park, click here.

Speed Date Lunch
The Speed Date Lunch enables you as a participant to get in touch with researchers and other delegates from the LUMC. Prominent researchers from a variety of research departments are invited to this lunch to interact with the participants. If you want to find out more about your career opportunities in the LUMC, the Speed Date Lunch might be the perfect moment!

Tour of the LUMC departments
The Leiden University Medical Center is one of the top medical research centers in the world. At the LUMC, research ranges from fundamental medical research to applied clinical research. ‘Science is the driving force behind innovative healthcare’ is the motto of the 42 different research departments. Research programmes vary from Anatomy to Urology; there is a topic of interest for everyone. On Thursday morning, a researcher will give you a tour of a department of your choice. During the tour, you will experience what it is like to be a researcher at the LUMC!

3. Internationality
Students from 70 different nationalities attended LIMSC during the previous edition.

4. Size
In the previous edition there were about 700 students (active & passive) taking part in LIMSC.

5. Large Awards for Best Student Presentations
Hard work should be rewarded and therefore we offer the students with the three best oral presentations prizes (hyperlink to prizes and awards) from a pool of €1750 and the three best poster presentations will be awarded cash prizes from a pool of €500. All winners will also receive a one-year online subscription to The New England Journal of Medicine. 

6. Student Friendly Prices
LIMSC wants to give everyone the opportunity to take part in this valuable event for students. Therefore LIMSC is eager to keep entrance fees for both the scientific and social programme at a minimal cost with the aid of the Leiden University Medical Center.
Click here to see the fees and payments.


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