Dies Natalis 2022

What are the trends in university education? How do we want or expect higher education to look like in 2030? Will the student of 2030 still follow a full programme at one university? Will education still take place on campus or move to other educational spaces? And what does this mean for innovating education today?

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

Wed 9 March 2022 15:30 to 17:00

Venue Orion, building number 103

The 104th Dies Natalis of Wageningen University & Research took place on 9 March. The central theme was the future of academic education. Did you miss the Dies? Watch the ceremony, the symposium and the aftertalk here:

Join us for our 104th Dies Natalis

The Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research cordially invites you to attend the celebration of the 104th Dies Natalis on 9 March 2022, in Wageningen or online.

This year's theme is:
Metamorphoses. Shaping tomorrow’s university education

Ever since the establishment of the first university in 1088 higher education has metamorphosed. However, the current pace, possibilities and scope of change in university education seem unprecedented. The Covid-19 pandemic, digitalisation, society-involved challenges, personalisation, flexibilisation in time and place, and new labour market demands, among others, all call for and induce transitions in education. But not all in the same direction.

This year’s Dies Natalis will explore tomorrow’s university education, to inspire and design education innovation today. The official Dies Natalis celebration will be preceded by a symposium on the same topic, organised by the Wageningen Graduate Schools.

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Programme official celebration Dies Natalis

15.00 Welcoming reception and registration | Online platform open
15.30 Metamorphoses. Shaping tomorrow’s university education
Introduction by Prof.dr ir. Arthur P.J. Mol | Rector Magnificus and Vice-President of Wageningen University & Research
Presentation by Prof.dr Dirk van Damme | Senior Research Fellow Center for Curriculum Redesign (Boston, MA, USA)
Interactive panel discussion with Christien Bok (SURF), Julia Diederen (WUR), Tamkin Haider (WUR) and Derk Loorbach (DRIFT/EUR), moderated by Karim Amghar
Presentation Education Innovation Award
17.00 Reception
Lecture hall new Aurora building - photo Guy Ackermans
Lecture hall new Aurora building - photo Guy Ackermans

Dies Natalis symposium

Prior to the Dies Natalis celebration there will be an inspiring symposium, organised by the Wageningen Graduate Schools. Young talented researchers (PhD candidates and postdocs) will present their research related to the Dies Natalis theme.


9.30 Welcoming reception and registration | Online platform open
Synergy: how education and research feed each other at WU
10.00 Dr Kazem Banihashem Improving students’ argumentative essay writing through an online supported peer feedback tool
10.15 Yolie Michielsen MSc Coupling a Bachelor’s course assignment to PhD research: Added value to both research and education
10.30 Dr Koos van der Kolk Improving education with PhD projects: The case of LabBuddy
10.45 Bas van den Berg MSc Regenerative Higher Education – Seven Design Practices for Connecting University Education with Societal Transition Challenges
11.00 Break
11.30 Presentation Research Award
Farewell Jan Karel Mak, Chair University Fund Wageningen, by Louise O. Fresco, President Wageningen University & Research
Fruitful Talent programmes: shaping tomorrow's research
11.45 Sofia Wolfswinkel MSc ‘To meat up with peers’: investigating the role of social norms in meat consumption
12.00 Dr Ina Möller Governing uncertain futures: research and education on climate geoengineering
12.15 Michiel Kasteel MSc Phytophthora zoospores display klinokinetic behaviour in response to a chemoattractant
12.30 End of programme