The 100th Dies Natalis celebration of Wageningen University. The centennial activities are clustered around three major themes for three consecutive periods: ‘Life’, ‘Food’ and ‘Earth’. The theme of this year’s Dies Natalis is at the heart of our work: ‘Unravelling Life: Wisdom and Wonder’. Life didn’t and doesn’t just occur, and its emergence often amazes and fascinates us. Through exploring and understanding how life originates, evolves and functions in all its complexity, we are able to apply knowledge wisely to build a sustainable future and safeguard food security and food safety.