Opening of the Academic Year

Wageningen University & Research annually celebrates the Opening of the Academic Year in style. At this public event, on 4 September, renowned speakers address current issues concerning food, health and the environment.

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Science as the basis for optimism

In an age where dark clouds gather one of the few consistent sources of optimism is science, as the past century demonstrates. However, science is increasingly subject to scrutiny in a world that values fact-free policy making and where citizens believe their own experiences more than experiment-based statistics. For science to remain the basis for optimism, it needs to find new ways to interact with society. Exploring these new ways is the theme of the opening ceremony of the Academic Year 2017-2018. The British author and member of the House of Lords, Matt Ridley, will elaborate on the subject in his keynote and three Wageningen scientists will reflect on the address.

We cordially invite you to join the celebration of the Opening of the Academic Year, and hope to welcome you on the 4th of September.


14.30 Registration and welcoming reception
15.30 Programme Science as the basis for optimism
Welcome by Prof. dr ir. Louise O. Fresco, President Wageningen University & Research
A greener cleaner world: reasons for environmental optimism by Matt Ridley, Author and member of the House of Lords
Reflection by 3 young WUR scientists
UFW press award
Official opening of the Academic Year by prof.dr Arthur Mol – Rector Magnificus Wageningen University
17.15 Reception

Location: Orion, Bronland 1, 6708 WH Wageningen

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