On-Campus Experience

Selected graduates from the online course Clinical Development are invited to join us on campus. For four days, you will further explore question-based development in the beautiful setting of the castle and hotel Oud-Poelgeest in Oegstgeest, near the city of Leiden.

Paul Janssen Futurelab
Paul Janssen Futurelab
Paul Janssen Futurelab

View the evaluation report of on-campus 11-14 Sept 2017 here

With a small group of maximum 30 course participants, you will reside at castle Oud-Poelgeest and examine teaching cases that are based on real events. In the “what really happened” sessions, invited speakers discuss the actual choices that were made during the development of the real case. The on-campus program includes a lot of group work and several social activities, allowing close collaboration with your fellow participants and giving you the opportunity to get to know each other in an informal setting.

In addition, you may choose to continue with the extended program where you will write a clinical protocol on a topic of your choice. The extended program is given in collaboration with the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) and is a five-day program immediately following the on-campus program. As in previous editions, the best application will be nominated for a grant of €500,000 from the Dutch funding agency ZonMW. Paul Janssen Futurelab will review applications that were developed during the course and award the best proposal with a nomination letter.1

1Read more about eligibility for the ZonMW grant here.

I really enjoyed the cases and the interdisciplinary teams which gave such great insights [because of the] different background of the participants.  Alumnus Gadeta B.V.

It is extremely useful to have an expert from the field in the "what really happened" session of the case. Alumnus Leiden Medical Center

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Venue On-Campus

The on-campus course will be held at the beautiful castle Oud-Poelgeest, that dates back to 1640 and is situated just outside Leiden. The coach house, built in the 19th century, houses 45 modern hotel rooms and a beautiful restaurant and bar.

If you want to book a room at Oud-Poelgeest, please contact the Castle by email receptie@oudpoelgeest.nl or by phone +31 (0)71 517 4224.

Lunches are included in the course. In additional, we offer several social activities in the evenings. It is also possible to rent a bike at the castle and explore the city. It is a ten minute bike ride into the city center of Leiden, which is well worth a visit!

Venue On-Campus Extended

The On-Campus Extended course will be held in the Center for Human Drug Research (CHDR) which is located in the Leiden Bio Science Park close to Leiden Central Station. Below are hotel suggestions if you want to stay in Leiden during the extended course. It is a 15 minute walk from these hotels to CHDR.


There are several 3- and 4-star hotels in Leiden. Whether you prefer a business hotel or a characteristic environment, you are bound to find a suitable option for your needs. Below are a few suggestions but this is by no means an exhaustive list.

Castle Oud-Poelgeest

A characteristic castle dating from 1640 and situated in a woodland country estate. The coach house, built in the 19th century, houses 45 modern hotel rooms and a beautiful restaurant and bar. Castle Oud-Poelgeest is located in Oegstgeest, 10 minutes from Leiden city center and is the venue of the on-campus course. Proceedings from bookings are put towards maintaining the castle and the surrounding grounds.

ibis Leiden Center Hotel

Located next to Leiden Central Train Station, walking distance from Leiden Bio Science Park and Leiden City Center.

This internationally oriented  hotel is located in the Leiden Bio Science Park.

Boutique hotel Oude Morsch
This boutique hotel is situated on the edge of the old city very close to the Leiden Morspoort. One of the old city gates, build in 1669.

Hotel City Resort
The City Resort Hotel is located next to the Leiden Central train station. It offers a spa and a spectacular view of the Leiden skyline. In good weather conditions, it’s possible to see the North Sea.

The city of Leiden: Rembrandt's hometown

Leiden is a friendly city, full of life and with an international character. Its famous university dates back to 1575 and is the oldest university in the Netherlands. Famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden. Conveniently located close to the airport, Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht, Leiden is an attractive city with a beautiful historic city center.

Paul Janssen Futurelab
Paul Janssen Futurelab


The Hortus botanicus Leiden is the oldest botanical garden (1590) in The Netherlands. Its mission is to manage a living plant collection for research and education and for public interest and enjoyment. Worth a visit!

The National Museum of Ethnology  features objects from eight different cultural regions. Objects that all have a story to tell about humankind. Discover that, despite cultural differences, we are all essentially the same.

The National Museum of Antiquities shows antiquities and archaeology and tells stories that shed light on the relevance of the ancient world to our past and present.

Naturalis Biodiversity Center wants to describe, understand and explore biodiversity for human well-being and the future of our planet.

Keen on seeing some old Dutch masters? Take a train to The Hague (11 minutes from Leiden) and visit Mauritshuis, where you can see famous paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.

Paul Janssen Futurelab


Leiden and surroundings offer plenty of great dinner options, from Michelin star restaurants to off the beaten track cute little places. Here are a few suggestions, we tried them all ourselves!

Restaurant Latour is a Michelin star restaurant that is situated on the beach: unparalleled hospitality with beautiful dishes and desirable wines.

Located right in the middle of the city center of Leiden, In den Doofpot stands for innovative cuisine and they like working with regional products.

Bistro Bord’o is a restaurant with a French/international touch in the heart of Leiden.

Feel like Japanese? Go to Yuki Sushi where the sushi are fresh and the sake is waiting for you.

Restaurant Woods is a stylish old wood warehouse, situated under a windmill and right on the water.

In a Mediterranean mood? Go to the Koekop, where they mix Mediterranean dishes with seasonal products.

Feel like pizza or pasta tonight? Olive Garden offers high quality but very affordable Italian cuisine.

Thai food is always a good idea. At Siri Thai you'll find good but affordable Thai cuisine.

Have you ever tried Indonesian food? If not, you should definitely go to Surakarta: high quality but affordable Indonesian cuisine.


Most intercity trains from Schiphol Amsterdam airport in the direction of The Hague and Rotterdam stop at Leiden Central Station. From there you can take a taxi to Oud-Poelgeest. Or you can take a taxi from the airport straight to the castle. In both cases it's best to book a taxi in advance. Email info@eltax.taxi or call +31 (0)71 521 2144, whatsapp +31 6 8128 9817 or go to their website for a reliable taxi service with a fixed price.