The XIIIth ICE will take place on Sunday 6 August 2023 up to and including Friday 11 August 2023, in the centre of Leiden, the Netherlands. We aim to organise an in-person congress, with all speakers present in Leiden. 

Preliminary programme

Saturday 5 August 2023 

Early arrival and registration of participants

Sunday 6 August 2023

Registration of participants; afternoon: plenary and festive opening session

Monday 7-Friday 11 August

Presentations and workshops (five parallel sessions at two different locations), poster presentations

Thursday 10 August

Congress dinner

Friday 11 August 

Presentations and workshops, plenary closing session

Topics and themes

We especially welcome lectures or panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Climate and climate change in antiquity 
  • Digital Egyptology 
  • Egyptology and museology 
  • Egyptology and the dissemination of research 
  • Historiography of Egyptology 
  • (Illegal) trade in ancient Egyptian artefacts  
  • Inclusion and diversity in Egyptology 
  • Interdisciplinary research in Egyptology 
  • International reception of ancient Egypt
  • Protecting ancient Egyptian heritage

These topics will be focal points within the themes that make up any International Congress of Egyptologists: Archaeology; Social Life; Art & Architecture; History; Language, Literature and Texts; Religion; Museums & Collections.


The opening ceremony and the congress dinner will be held in the Pieterskerk.

This church has been the central touchstone of Leiden for almost 900 years. St. Peter’s two keys form the city of Leiden’s coat of arms. Transformed from a Catholic church into a reformed church, and since 1976 a multifunctional meeting place in a monument of unique cultural-historical value.

Address: Kloksteeg 16, Leiden

Website: Pieterskerk Leiden since 1121

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Stadsgehoorzaal (City Concert Hall)

Sessions with larger numbers of participants will be held at the Stadsgehoorzaal. Posters will be displayed here.

The City Concert Hall was built in 1890 and is an imposing example of Neo-Renaissance architecture, which is rare in the Netherlands today. Original interior features include the panelling and balconies in the main auditorium and the interior of the Breezaal.

Address: Breestraat 60, Leiden

Website: Leidse Schouwburg & Stadsgehoorzaal

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Stadsgehoorzaal (City Concert Hall)
Stadsgehoorzaal (City Concert Hall)

Lipsius Building

The majority of sessions will be held at the Lipsius Building.

This is the central building of Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities. It is named after Justus Lipsius (1547-1606), philologist, philosopher, and humanist.

Address: Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden

Web page: Leiden University | Lipsius

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Lipsius Building
Lipsius Building