Dies natalis 2017

Sustainable minds. Our agenda for change.

During the 2017 Dies Natalis celebrations on October 20, the spotlight will be on VU Amsterdam’s profile theme Science for Sustainability. This year’s celebrations are entitled: Sustainable minds. Our agenda for change. How can VU Amsterdam contribute to solutions to sustainability issues? How can the way our teaching and research is organized help with this?

In his Dies Natalis Lecture, Pieter van Beukering (Associate Professor of Environmental Economics) outlines a strategic vision of sustainability for teaching and research, in which students, researchers and lecturers seek comprehensive answers to these key questions.

VU Amsterdam’s Writer in Residence, Bas Heijne, together with writers Lieke Marsman and Roos van Rijswijk, will discuss the way in which the sustainability debate is being conducted. What terms should you use to avoid talking over the heads of ordinary people?

Social commitment is one of VU Amsterdam’s core values. We express this in many tangible ways, one of which is the centralized Community Service Learning programme for our students. In his inspirational lecture, Robert Bringle – of Indiana University’s Center for Service and Learning – will challenge VU Amsterdam to make this programme a compulsory part of the curriculum.

In addition, the Teaching Talent Prize and the VU Amsterdam Innovation Award will be presented during the Dies Natalis celebrations.

You are invited to attend the 2017 Dies natalis!


Reception in the foyer
Start of the academic session in the Aula
  • Opening speech by the Rector Magnificus, Vinod Subramaniam
  • Dies Natalis Lecture by Pieter van Beukering, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics
  • Performance by rapper and VU Amsterdam student Ferdous Arachid
  • Discussion moderated by VU Amsterdam’s Writer in Residence, Bas Heijne, with Lieke Marsman and Roos van Rijswijk
  • Inspirational lecture by Robert Bringle, Indiana University
  • Award presentations Teaching Talent prize and VU Amsterdam Innovation Award
  • Closing words from Vinod Subramaniam
Reception in the Foyer

The programme will take place in the Aula, in the university’s Main Building at De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam. The programme can be followed via a livestream.

Professors are invited to take part in the procession. To this end, they should be in the Foyer no later than 15 minutes before the start of the programme. It would be greatly appreciated if the professors were to wear their university gowns.

Do you have any questions?
Send an email to dies@vu.nl or call +31 (0)20 5986454. 

The programme is in English and in Dutch. To accommodate international guests, an English-speaking interpreter will be present. Headsets will be available at the entrance to the Aula.