“Descartes, Lorentz, Mahler, Freud and Einstein all settled on the banks of Rapenburg.
We are the International Institute for Animal Ethics. We are devoted to justice and spur coexistence between species on our planet. We do research, we teach, we create, we advise, and we assess destinations in order to preserve for future generations. We are fueled by love for the world around us and bring change in the best interest of humans and non-human animals.
We are located in the city centre of Leiden along the Rapenburg, one of Europe’s most beautiful canals. Leiden facilitates the oldest university of The Netherlands and the first botanical garden. The population of the Rapenburg is described (Enthoven, 2013) as “a gathering of classical academics, research institutes, libraries, museums, law offices and startups within the ICT and the creative industries. They know themselves, each in their own way, grounded into social innovation. They have a responsibility towards human society and experiment with new innovations on the shoulders of giants.”