About us

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Safety and Security was one of the joint multidisciplinary centres of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam.  It focused on safety and security as complex societal and scientific problems.

The Centre for Safety and Security had bundled research, education and dissemination of knowledge and know-how in this extremely important area for Dutch society and economy.


Our vision was to continuously improve safety and security within society and industry, based on science.


Our mission was to be an inter-university centre of excellence for fundamental, applied and action-oriented academic research concerning safety and security topics. This research was based on scientific and industrial data and information and leads to pro-active as well as reactive (mono-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary) theories, applications and tools to improve existing (business and governmental) settings.


  • Gain and develop safety and security (theoretical as well as practical) knowledge and know-how from a specialistic in-depth point of view as well as from a holistic viewpoint (i.e., cross-academic, cross-company, cross-sectoral, national, international, etc.). This knowledge was used to elaborate ideas, concepts, frameworks, approaches, tools, procedures, codes of good practice, software, recommendations, scientific theories, etc. and to disseminate these to society and industry through publications (books, scientific articles, proceedings, non-scientific literature, etc.).
  • Carry out studies and research to advance insights in safety and security and to develop recommendations and tools to help captains of industry and captains of society making decisions to increase safety and security in their businesses and communities.
  • Participate in, and organise conferences and to take part in the public debate as regards safety and security issues.