Opening of the Academic Year - September 3rd 2018

WUR first opened its Academic Year 100 years ago. We have been guided by wisdom and wonder: wisdom to use our creativity for the greater good of mankind, and wonder to educate our students to be responsible stewards of the planet. Our centennial is marked by a variety of year-long celebrations, commemorating our impact and growth as well as preparing for our next century.

The future demands sustainable, safe, affordable and healthy food for all and at the same time a bio-circular economy with agriculture as a key provider of biomass. We cannot do this alone. Such a challenge surpasses nations, disciplines and cultures, requiring integrated, global solutions that are locally relevant.

Our opening ceremony is dedicated to the theme: 'Food and Agriculture: Europe and the World'
Key-note speakers Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime-Minister, and Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, will address the role of the Netherlands and Europe. In addition, two young WUR-scientists will reflect on the theme.

Programme Opening Academic Year 2018/2019

14:30 Welcoming reception
15:30 Prof. dr. ir. Louise O. Fresco, President WUR
15:50 Drs. Mark Rutte - Prime Minister of the Netherlands
16:15 Phil Hogan, BA, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
16:40 Two young scientists, WUR
17:00 Presentation Marina van Damme Award
17:05 Prof. dr. ir. Arthur P.J. Mol, Rector Magnificus WUR
17:10 Reception

More information and the registration form can be found on the website.

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