The association


1885 was the year that the 'Leidsche Pharmaceutische Studenten-Vereeniging' (Leiden Pharmaceutical Students’ Association) „Aesculapius”, or „Aesculapius” in short, was founded. Our name, Aesculapius, is the Latin translation of Asclepius, the Greek half-god of medicine and healing. Nowadays, „Aesculapius” is a flourishing association with approximately 1100 members!

The first hundrerd years, „Aesculapius” was the association for Pharmacy students. Around 1985, the study Pharmacy was abolished in Leiden. Partly due to the effort of prof. dr. Douwe Durk Breimer, currently the honorary chairman of „Aesculapius”, the study Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS) was created. In 2016, we entered a ‘new’ era: the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research (LACDR) started a new master, the master Pharmacy. Of course, the bachelor Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences also has its own master’s programme BPS. The launch of the master’s programme Pharmacy in Leiden, which will make it possible to study for the profession of pharmacist in Leiden, does bring some closure to „Aesculapius” as association, since this is what it was once founded for. The master’s programme Pharmacy will also have the Medische Faculteit der Leidse Studenten (M.F.L.S.) as study association. The programme is however given in Dutch, so the program isn’t suitable for international students.


„Aesculapius” stays in close contact with the education office and the institute it is connected to - the LACDR. Next to those contacts, we also keep close contact with our sister assocations in Groningen with “Pharmaciae Sacrum”, in Amsterdam with the VCSVU and in Utrecht with “Unitas Pharmaceuticorum”. Then there is another association we have contacts with. This is the Koninklijke Nederlandse Pharmaceutische Studenten Vereniging (K.NP.S.V. or Royal Dutch Pharmaceutical Student Association). This association is our source to the international and European associations. Currently, the VSCVU from Amsterdam is trial member of the K.N.P.S.V.

What can „Aesculapius” offer?

„Aesculapius” tries to offer something to every member, regardless of his/her interests. For example, we organise a fair amount of educational activities like excursions (within the Netherlands, but also abroad), lunch lectures and symposia. For those members who mainly enjoy social activities, we have monthly drinks, parties, activities for freshmen en senios, weekends, barbecues and so on. 

Have you become interested in the activities that „Aesculapius” organizes? For examples, you can click HERE.

Next to tons of activities, „Aesculapius” offers a lot more. If you are a member, you will get a discount on your study books, for example. In addition, we have an association magazine and a yearly almanak for all of our members.

Do you want to develop yourself extracurricularly? Then apply for one of our committees! Once you are a member of one of the committees, you can improve and broaden your organization skills and make new friends! Do you want more information about committees? Then click HERE.

If you have got any questions about „Aesculapius”, the activities, committees or other topics, you can come by at the board room or send an email to