Extensive programme


Opening festival area from 13.00 hour. 
In the afternoon there were two sessions with varying lectures, where you were able to choose your own topic. 
Session 1: 14.00 - 15.30 hour.
Session 2: 16.00 - 17.30 hour.
At 18.00 hour the Executive Board officially opened the Wageningen Alumni Reunion which was followed by a spectacular show.
During the day there were Food Trucks available with tasty and sustainable meals, mind challenging activities on the Innovation Square, tours around Wageningen Campus, live music and you could walk by the 1918 - 2018 Alumni Memory Lane.

14.00 - 15.30: Session 1: Lectures, alumni stories and tours

Topic Lecturers Details
Symposium Food for Future 'consumer behaviour' (EN) CAUTION! This symposium starts at 13.45 prof.dr. Michel Nielen (WUR special chair on analytical chemistry), prof.dr.ir. Gert Spaargaren (WUR environmental policy for sustainable lifestyles and consumption, alumnus 1973*), Rosanne Hertzberger (author) Towards citizen science approach in food quality and safety testing. About consumer trust, perception and safety.
Dutch policy on the value of food (NL) Martijn Weijtens (ministry LNV deputy director), Willem Lageweg (transition coalition food), prof.dr.ir. Edith Feskens (tbc) (WUR professor in nutrition and health over the lifecourse, alumna 1980*) Dutch policy in the area of sustainable food? Recommended lecture in round 2: 'food waste is delicious'.
The power of Salland (NL) ir. Giny Hoogeslag (LEADER coordinator, alumna 1995*) Start at the bottom: than you will succeed! This accounts as well in the field of sustainable food production. Think of Sallandse rapeseed oil in supermarkets or soil research by farmers and scientists together. How does this work in practice? The best advice about the approach of 'The power of Salland'. Organised by Alumni section East.
Clean water by healthy nutrition (NL) prof.dr. Renger Witkamp (WUR professor in nutrition and pharmacology), dr.ir. Peter van der Maas (strategic advisor water technology at water laboratory North, lector sustainable water systems at Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein, lumnus 1991*), dr.ir. Jolanda Boer (RIVM senior epidemiologist and nutritionist, alumna 1987*) Water pollution via medicines, or its remains, is a serious problem. Even though the contaminated water could be filtered by a technical process, a reduction of medicine usage would be far more sustainable. What could be the role of nutrition and lifestyle in regard to this solution?
Lifestyle as medicine or driver? (NL) dr.ir. Annemien Haveman-Nies (WUR associate professor human nutrition, alumna 1990*) A healthy lifestyle has many positive effects on the health of young and old. But there is still much unclear and unknown. Is healthy living something for patients, fanatics, or for all of us? In this workshop your knowledge is tested and you will be challenged to take a critical look at your own lifestyle.
Water management and food security in deltas (EN) Riti Herman Mostert MSc (WUR multi stakeholder partnerships advisor and board member VWI, alumna 1999*) ir. Manon Wille (senior project manager water at municipality Renkum, alumna 1984*), ir. Nila Taminiau (team lead watersystem development and maintenance at waterboard limburg, alumna 1995*), Judit Snethlage MSc, (recent graduate international land and water management, alumna 2010*), ir. Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga (WUR delta expert, environmental research, alumna 1987*) We, as Wageningen Women Engineers’ Network (VWI) and Network Land and Water (NLW), are concerned whether there will be enough water for food in 2050. Delta Planning contributes to insights and solutions. In our combined session we raise two points: First the importance of taking the opinion of the local community, especially women, into account. Secondly, delta planning requires new knowledge and skills. Invest in people, especially women, to build the required capacity.
Taste development and food education (NL) drs. Jolijn Zwart- van Kessel (WUR manager support service in taste education and EU fruits for school), prof.dr. Kees de Graaf (WUR chairman division of human nutrition, professor in sensory science and eating behaviour, alumnus 1974*) Food is exciting and interesting, but how do we transfer that to our children? Children and vegetables are not always the perfect combination. What can we do about it? The distance between production and consumption is getting bigger and bigger; how do we reduce this gap? In an entertaining session with real tasting experiments we will talk about taste development and food education.
Transformational learning experience (EN) ir. Janine Luten (WUR managing director Wageningen Academy, alumna 1991*), Miel Hooijdonk (WUR programme manager Wageningen Academy), Agnes Kiss (WUR programme manager Wageningen Academy) Executive Education programmes are transformational learning experiences for both professional and personal growth. That is what our Executive Education programmes are designed to do: support you in your development into an outstanding leader who commands with style and forefront management thinking.
The mobile food lab in your pocket (NL) dr.ir. Toine Bovee (RIKILT researcher authenticity and bioassays, alumnus 1984*), dr.ir. Yannick Weesepoel (RIKILT researcher food scanners, alumnus 2003*) It is expected that, in the year 2040, practically all food quality tests on site will be present by consumers or inspectors. The traditional laboratories will fulfill a new function as a center of expertise for these simple mobile tests. Toine and Yannick talk about the history and development of various types of mobile technologies from the last 30 years and about what 2040 will bring us.
How alumni are shaping the future of plant meat (NL) ir. Loes Moor-Hulshof (director operations, vegeterian butcher, alumna 2000*), prof.dr.ir. Atze Jan van der Goot (WUR professor of protein structuring and sustainability) In this presentation, Loes and Atze Jan will describe their journey in the area of sustainable foods. In that journey, they met each other a couple of times. Loes did her MSc-thesis project under the supervision of Atze Jan and after that she joined a multinational company to start a successful career. At the same time, Atze Jan continued his research on structuring processes, and discovered a new method to make fibrous protein products. That discovery was picked up by national newspapers and read by Loes. That turned out an important moment in both careers. Now, Loes and Atze Jan closely cooperate on the development of the next generation meat analogues.
The voice of health and nutrition (NL) dr.ir. Loek Pijls (nutritionist & epidemiologist, alumnus 1985*) Who has a say in the matter of health and nutrition? Governments, bloggers, businesses and of course dietitians and physicians: everyone has something to say about nutrition and fitness. But who has an actual voice in this matter of health and nutrition?
Participation in environmental policies implementation (EN) Fernanda A. Matuk (WUR PhD student at forest and nature conservation policy group, Federal Institute from Minas Gerais (Brazil)) Implementing environmental policies with participatory approaches. During this workshop you will learn about the challenges and achievements we currently face to implement policies, while trying to bridge theory-practice and science-society-policy to co-produce knowledge and address simultaneously economy, environment and society. A workshop to conceptualize the participatory practice of policy implementation.
WURld Dialogue 'Access to healthy food in Metropolitan Cities' Simon Pampena, moderator (Australian numeracy ambassador), prof.dr.ir. Arthur Mol (WUR rector magnificus, vice-president of executive board, alumnus 1978*), ir. Martien van Nieuwkoop (director agriculture at World Bank Group, alumnus 1980*), dr. Huang Sanwen (director general, agricultural genome institute at Shenzhen, CAAS), dr. Laurent Sedogo (executive director Dreyer foundation and former minister of agriculture, Burkina Faso, alumnus 1995*), dr. Ruben Echeverría (director general, CIAT) A unique dialogue to connect the Wageningen community worldwide via an online broadcast. Panel members from five continents are in live contact to discuss their biggest challenges 'to feed the city'. King Willem-Alexander opens the dialogue in Wageningen and everyone can participate online. More information you can find here.

16.00 - 17.30: Session 2: Lectures, alumni stories and tours

Topic Lecturers Details
Symposium Food for Future 'Consumer behaviour' (EN) CAUTION! This symposium starts at 15.45 Anneke Ammerlaan (food expert and trend analyst at Vision on Food), Esther van Rijswijk, chair ( economist, journalist and facilitator, known from Elsevier and RTL Nieuws) An interactive session about 'trends in food and innovation', part of the symposium Food for Future.
Food waste is delicious! (NL) ir. Toine Timmermans, moderator (WUR programme manager sustainable food chains, alumnus 1983*), Lara de Brito (alderperson health, education and food at municipality of Wageningen), George Verbene (owner Jumbo supermarket Wageningen), Chantal Engelen MSc (co-founder ‘Kromkommer’ and co-initiator ‘verspilling is verrukkelijk’, alumna 2007*) March 2018, the first waste shelf in the Netherlands was launched at the Jumbo supermarket of Verberne in Wageningen. Here are products from 18 social entrepreneurs, made from ingredients that would otherwise be wasted. The initiative is supported by MVO-Nederland and the municipality of Wageningen, and is a testing ground for WUR to study consumer acceptance of these surplus products. This is one of the initiatives linked to the National Agenda 'Together against Food waste'.
The power of Salland - pragmatisch van onderop (NL) ir. Giny Hoogeslag (LEADER coordinator, alumna 1995*) Start at the bottom: than you will succeed! This accounts as well in the field of sustainable food production. Think of Sallandse rapeseed oil in supermarkets or soil research by farmers and scientists together. How does this work in practice? The best advice about the approach of 'The power of Salland'. Organised by Alumni section East.
Prunus & Co, the history of tree species (NL) ir. Bart Nyssen (forest ecologist at Bosgroepen Zuid Nederland, alumnus 1994*) For more than a century, Wageningen played an important role in thinking about and dealing with introduced tree species. Where some tree species have acquired a permanent place, other species have been maligned for decades. 'Prunus & co' examines the background of this development and the role of Wageningers in this.
Insect farming: insects as food and feed (EN) prof.dr.ir. Arnold van Huis (WUR emeritus professor, tropical entomologist, laboratory of entomology, alumnus 1967*) Insect farming will become a new sector in the Food and Feed industry. From producing to consuming, there is a whole new world to discover regarding insects as food and feed. Discover the ins and outs of our newly developed Summer School ‘Insects as food & feed’ and get inspired!
Gender equality and empowering rural women (EN) Willemien Koning (UN women representative 2018, boardmember Copa women’s committee, chairperson LTO, ‘vrouwen & bedrijf’, member of the advisory board of Agriterra) In this interactive workshop we will have a dialogue with Willemien Koning about the position of women and girls in rural areas worldwide. Do you see possibilities to empower rural women and girls? The UN women representative of the Netherlands government will harvest our ideas and advise. She will speak on behalf of the Netherlands at the UN in October 2018 and needs your expertise and input. Please come and support her, this is your chance to influence the UN!
E-numbers: blessing or a curse? (NL) Rosanne Hertzberger (author), prof.dr.ir. Tiny van Boekel (WUR special professor dairy science and Technology, alumnus 1970*) The commotion about MSG, aspartame, emulsifiers, etc. suggests that people think that these e-numbers aim to poison the consumer, as a perverse act of the damned food industry. Could it be that there is something else behind this commotion, based on the unclear process of food production? In this Q&A session Tiny van Boekel examines the reason why technologists swear by e-numbers, while Rosanne Hertzberger analyzes why there is so much resistance to it.
Optimism for biodiversity? (NL) dr. Lawrence Jones-Walters (WUR head of programme biodiverse environment) Unsustainable exploitation of the natural world poses threats to food and water security of billions of people. Destruction of nature is as dangerous as climate change, this according to global reports that come hard on the heels of the nationally widely-reported and highly impacting research on insect decline. But what now seems to be slightly different is that whilst previous reports have received a deafening silence in terms of response from policy makers and politicians, we can now see the beginnings of a positive change for the better that may finally be a cause for optimism.
Sports and nutrition at an olympic level (EN) dr.ir. Jeroen Wouters (innovation manager ‘sport and nutrition’ at dutch olympic training centre Papendal’, alumnus 1989*), dr. Marco Mensink (WUR assistant professor nutrition, energy metabolism and health) Sports and nutrition are strongly linked, both to obtain optimal results and recovery after exercise. Phenomena relevant for recovery in elite athletes prove to be relevant for amateur athletes and recovery processes in care situations as well. In this interactive session research and innovations will be discussed, a combination of scientific insights and practical approaches from various points of view and with a broad relevance and impact. Sports and nutrition a WURld to be won.
Nutrition as a medicine? (NL) prof.dr. Ben Witteman (WUR endowed professor in nutrition and intestinal health transitional care and MD doctor) Nutrition as the corner stone of medical treatments? In case of illness, patients are often catabolic and malnourished. This was why Hippocrates sought the solution in nutrition to support the humans to overcome their illness. In recent decades, the medicinal treatment has the upper hand. Do we need to reassess the role of nutrition in the treatment of diseases in 2018?
Speed date with the Utrecht region! (NL) Lennart van der Burg MSc (business development sustainable management at TNO, alumnus 2006*), ir. Frank Bakx (independent consultant in microfinance, agri-value chain development and rural cooperatives at Rabobank Alumnus 1970*) Take your chance to meet active Wageningers who live and/ or work around the corner, namely the province of Utrecht. During this interactive network session you will meet at least 10 Wageningers in 1 hour during the speed date and you will also become acquainted with TNO and another appealing company from Utrecht.
Digitisation for sustainable food production (EN) ir. Tamme van der Wal (WUR researcher data science and data innovation strategies and partner at AeroVision B.V., alumnus 1986*) Reaping benefits from digitisation to make a sustainable disruption in food production’
A journey through time: 100 years of impact (EN) NOTE! Start 16.30 Rens Buchwaldt MBA (WUR executive board, finance, business and services), prof.dr.ir. Cees Buisman (WUR professor biological recovery and reuse technology, UASB Reactor, alumnus 1979*), prof.dr.ir. Gatze Lettinga (WUR agrotechnology and food sciences, UASB Reactor), Birgit Dekkers MSc WUR (PhD candidate food process engineering group, Plant Meat, alumna 2009*),prof.dr. Joop van Lenteren (WUR professor emeritus entomology, Biological pest control) prof.dr.ir. Willem Takken (WUR personal chair laboratory of entymology, Solar Mal, alumnus 1969*), drs. Emil Georgiev (WUR research associate The Sustainability Consortium) Discover how Wageningen research has had a life-changing impact on the environment, economy and society over the past century. Get inspired by the most innovative research topics of this century and meet the most inspiring alumni and researchers.

14.00 - 20.00: Innovation Square

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3D food printing More information will follow soon
Boost your smell Have you ever wondered about how much information you obtain from smelling your food? Odors are potent sensory food cues, which can signal properties of the type of food that you will eat. But how good are you in recognizing and classifying these odors? In our odor booth, you will get the chance to test your olfactory abilities by smelling different food odors and rating them on specific sensory attributes.
Food labels, true or false? Food label must be reliable, but how fair are food producers? At the stand of RIKILT you can use the latest techniques to test your food for safety and reliability. As one of the research facilities within WUR, RIKILT is specialised in measuring substances and the detection of fraud in food production.
Measuring behaviour By studying and understanding behaviour, researchers are better able to improve quality of life. Noldus Information Technology facilitates the measurement of behaviour in a wide variety of research fields, including insect studies with mosquitoes, consumer behaviour studies in a store setting, developmental research with children in a classroom, and more! Come and see for yourself how it works – for example, taste the latest popular snacks and see your own implicit response, or discover what we can automate with the latest video tracking technology in insect behaviour. We look forward to seeing you!
PrimeDiagnostics 4 healthy plants PrimeDiagnostics develops, produces and sells various types of tests to measure the health of plant material. These tests are used in the field, the greenhouse and the laboratory by growers, consultants and / or laboratory staff. With the help of these tests, sick plant material is removed so that the yield of healthy plants increases and less disease control is needed. This is the basis for safe and healthy food production.
Shear cell technology for meat analogues More information will follow soon
Test your foodprint 0.9 hectares of agricultural land and 2740 liters of water are available per inhabitant in the case of a fair distribution. What is the impact of your groceries? Test your own food print in this virtual supermarket of 'het Voedingscentrum'.
The future for startups StartLife is the leading national incubator and accelerator specializing in supporting food and agri startups. Today at the StartLife stand you’ll experience the latest food and technology driven solutions invented by our startups! So visit us at the World Wide Alumni day and learn more about Food & Agri innovations.
Together against food waste In March 2018, the first waste shelf in the Netherlands was launched at the Jumbo supermarket of Verberne in Wageningen. This store shelf contains products from 18 social entrepreneurs, made from ingredients that would otherwise be wasted, such as soup, sauces, granola and soap. The initiative is supported by MVO-Nederland and the municipality of Wageningen. The initiative is a unique collaboration: Wageningen, real life laboratory 'Together against food waste' and to study the consumer behaviour. At this stand you can taste the special 100-years WUR food waste soup.
Live Cooking ‘Sustainable Menu for the Future’ Live Cooking demonstration and tasting. The world-famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi has developed a recipe in which sustainability plays a major role. In his recipe, he uses ingredients that not only fit in with a balanced diet, but also with the future. A future in which 20 billion people will have to be fed in a sustainable way and within the capacity of the planet by 2050. Want to know the recipe?

14.30 - 20.30: Tours

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Campus tour (EN & NL) Meeting point: de Zaaier in front of Atlas building. Start: 15.30, 16.30, 17.30, 18.30 and 19.30. This tour will take about one hour and is available in English and in Dutch. The Campus Tour is a tour over Wageningen Campus, where the route runs through the Wet Nature Garden and past Orion and Forum. The guides are trained students, who regularly tell groups about the sights, developments and buildings on the Campus. In addition, they add a personal note, with their experiences of the University and Campus life.
AlgaePARC tour (EN & NL) Meeting point: de Zaaier in front of Atlas building. Start: 14.30 and 16.30. This tour will take about one hour and is available in English and in Dutch. Transport to and from the facility is arranged via a tractor and trailer. AlgaePARC is a large multidisciplinary research facility which integrates the entire microalgae and cyanobacteria process chain, focussing on the integration biological and engineering aspects of cultivation and biorefinery. Technologies are developed on both lab- and pilot scale and move from initial idea to the production processes that deliver competitive and innovative processes and products. The AlgaePARC tour will be guided by ing. Rick Wieggers, Maria Barbosa PhD MSc
Helix tour (EN & NL) Meeting point: de Zaaier in front of Atlas building. Start: 14.30 and 16.30. This tour will take about one hour and is available in English and in Dutch. Helix will open its doors for alumni of Wageningen University & Research. Helix is a new research building with laboratories, research facilities and offices. In this building, the chair groups of the Nutrition Science and Bomolecular Science clusters in the Agrotechnology & Food Science Group (FTC) are housed. Members of Di-Et-Tri will take you through the research facilities that are used for nutrition research.
ISRIC World Soil Museum tour (EN & NL) Meeting point: de Zaaier in front of Atlas building. Start: 14.30 and 16.30. This tour will take about one hour and is available in English and in Dutch. The ISRIC World Soil Museum houses an unique collection of soil profiles from all over the world. In this interactive tour you will be guided along the deep, black soil from the Russian steppes to a soil from Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia. Learn about the role of soils in life, their connection to global challenges and how they are mapped using machine learning.

16:00 - 21.00: Entertainment programme

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De Rijnpijpers They will start around 16.00 hour and walk around the festival The Rijnpijpers is an alumni band that plays once a year during the Ede Dweildag. Special for the World Wide Wageningen Alumni Day, the band has found 12 old Rijnpijpers that are more than willing to perform! From around 16.00 hour they will be walking around, so you might hear a golden oldie on your trip down the Alumni Memory Lane.
Symphony orchestra Sonante Location: Orion, ground floor, 16.30 - 18.00 hour Symphony orchestra Sonante will bring a great variety of songs from America.
Kimberley, The Voice participant Location: Main Stage, 18.00 - 18.30 hour Kimberley is a 26 year old singer from Breda. She has been touring Europe with the German coverband NCB. Furthermore, she was also the lead singer of the successful cover band The Young Beethoven for almost four years. Also, she has contested in the dutch TV show 'The voice'.
Rob Urgert - How to be a genius in 30 minutes? (NL) Location: Wisdom & Wonder Pavilion, Big Room, 19.00 - 19.30 hour Rob Urgert will reveal his secrets about the mystery of creativity in an inspiring and hilarious lecture: 'How to be a genius in 30 minutes'. The public will be challenged to explore their creativity, stereotypes are history. Living outside the box! Rob will rock your world about innovation and creativity, even if you are not a genius, yet.
Trio Among Friends Location: Wisdom & Wonder Pavilion, 19.30 - 21.00 hour "Trio Among Friends" has been around for years and guarantees to get your groove on. As old friends, the musicians have been making music together for years. Pensionado drummer Nick takes care of the rythme, bassist Eric let the music get you of your feet and alumnus KLV member Alexander will take it all together to the next level with golden oldies such as: "All of Me", "I can give You Anything but Love, baby" or the famous Bossa Nova "the Girl of Apenema..."
DJ Seré & DJ Blondt Location: Main Stage, 16.00 - 21.00 hour DJ Seré and DJ Blondt will be around all day to create the perfect atmosphere with their tunes and music.

10.30 - 13.00: 25-year reunion - 1993

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