Dies natalis 2017

Sustainable minds. Our agenda for change.

During the 2017 Dies Natalis celebrations on October 20, the spotlight was on VU Amsterdam’s profile theme Science for Sustainability. This year’s celebrations were 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) outlined 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, discussed 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 – challenged VU Amsterdam to make this programme a compulsory part of the curriculum.

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

Photo report

Cortège Foyer

Cortège onder leiding van Pedel

Cortège aula

Pieter van Beukering

Catchbox in het publiek 2

Ferdous Arachid

Bas Heijne, Roos van Rijswijk en Lieke Marsman

Robert Bringle