Opening of the Academic Year

Wageningen University & Research annually celebrates the Opening of the Academic Year. Renowned scientists, artists, writers or opinion leaders share their views on current topics related to food, health and the environment, young Wageningen scientists also reflect on the chosen theme. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Opening of the Academic Year will mainly be an online event.

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Monday 31 augustus 2020: Online Opening of the Academic Year

Sorry, the pre-registration is closed at this moment.
We invite you to watch the online live webcast on Monday 31 August as from 15.00 hrs.

Nature and agriculture: a continuous balancing act

Agriculture has changed our planet. Ecosystems have been affected, replaced by new ones, sometimes destroyed; but also restored and recreated. Directly or indirectly, species have been threatened but also favoured through agriculture. With an increasing world population to feed and the move towards a bio based economy, the challenge is to find a new ecological balance between nature and agriculture.

After an introduction by Louise O. Fresco, a preview of ‘Grutto!’ will be shown. ‘Grutto!’ is a new documentary about the black-tailed godwit which has become an icon of the co-existence of nature and agriculture in The Netherlands. Finally, two of our young scientists will share their views on the theme of the celebration.

We ask for your understanding that, due to the covid-19 outbreak, the Executive Board choose to shape this year’s ceremony as an online event.

Photos: dronewerkers.nl, Ruben Smit Productions

Programme: Nature and agriculture: a continuous balancing act
15.00-15.25 hrs Online lobby standby – preview program
15.25 hrs – Live from the Auditorium Wageningen University Welcome by Prof.dr.ir. Louise O. Fresco | President
Introduction and conversation with Melchert Meijer zu Schlochtern | Ruben Smit Productions, maker of the documentary ‘Grutto!’
Preview documentary ‘Grutto!’
Interlude by Lavinia Meijer, harpist
Presentation by two young Wageningen scientists: Raimon Ripoll Bosch, Animal Production Systems, Ali El-Hakeem, Centre for Crop Systems Analysis
Official Opening of the Academic Year by Prof.dr.ir. Arthur P.J. Mol | Rector Magnificus
16.30 hrs End of programme

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