Opening of the Academic Year

Wageningen University & Research annually celebrates the Opening of the Academic Year in style. Renowned scientists, artists, writers or opinion leaders share their views on current topics related to food, health and the environment. Traditionally, also young Wageningen scientists reflect on the theme. This is a public event.

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Science as the basis for optimism

In an age where dark clouds appear to be gathering, one of the few consistent sources of optimism is science. This has been clearly demonstrated in the past century. However, science is increasingly subject to scrutiny in a world that values fact-free policy making and where citizens rely on their own experiences more than on experiment-based statistics. For science to remain the basis for optimism, it needs to find new ways to interact with society. The exploration of these new ways of interaction 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 speech 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.


2.30 PM Registration and welcoming reception
3.30 PM 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 three young WUR scientists
UFW press award
Official opening of the Academic Year by prof.dr Arthur Mol – Rector Magnificus Wageningen University
5.15 PM Reception

Location: Orion, Bronland 1, 6708 WH Wageningen

You are welcome to join the Opening of the Academic Year 2017/2018. Please go to the registration desk in the Orion building.