On a sunny Saturday on 23 June, the campus was invaded by 2,100 WUR alumni. King Willem-Alexander opened the reunion, after which he planted a tree, talked to students, staff and alumni, and connected five continents at the press of a button for a global dialogue. After the king had left, the party continued with performances, lectures, music, tours and food.
Above all, the festive reunion aimed to bring together WUR alumni. Huge pillars decorated with photos and stories from the different WUR eras could be found on Memory Lane. This is where Jaap Schouls, an alumnus from 1959, reconnected with several classmates. "The turnout could have been even better," he says, "but this way I really got the chance to catch up with everyone there." Stories and anecdotes were also exchanged among different generations. Dorien de Keyzer, an alumnus from 2011, spoke to an alumnus from 1969. "She studied family and consumer science," she says. "I loved hearing her memories."
Innovation Square was also well-attended. Wageningen start-ups, research institutes and WUR partner companies presented their latest technological innovations. Nathalie Smits was there on behalf of RIKILT. "It was busy all day," she says with a hint of surprise. "A lot of people from different disciplines too, who came up with totally new applications for our devices."
Those looking for a bite to eat were not disappointed. A cricket burger, a vegan wrap, a beetroot burger, seaweed pasta and a bowl of sustainable Ottolenghi-style soup: it was all possible. The soup was prepared by lecturers and students from Rijn IJssel vocational school, based on the recipe by renowned chef Yottam Ottolenghi. He created the recipe for the WUR anniversary. "The soup contains sustainable ingredients and is extremely nutritious," explains Henk van Gurp, cooking instructor at Rijn IJssel vocational school in Wageningen.
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Photographer Guy Ackermans was there all day to capture the alumni festivities.