University Day brings alumni back to UvA
More than 900 alumni, staff and children attended the University Day of the University of Amsterdam on Saturday 9 June. Visitors of the annual networking event listened to scientists and alumni speak about the themes that hold the Netherlands’ attention today. For the children, there was a programme comprising workshops through which they could become acquainted with their parents’ university.
Lectures were held about, among other subjects, the importance of the first thousand days of a human’s life, the city of Amsterdam and the problems it is faced with, the uniqueness of music, and the technologies needed to ensure that the energy transition goes smoothly. Debates investigated whether new technologies and artificial intelligence are threats, or opportunities, and whether platform labour will change society and our views on labour.
Maritime researchers also spoke about their studies in rickety boats and seaworthy ships on the Dutcj lake Markermeer, Lake Victoria and the Indian Ocean. In a special edition of BètaBreak, the intersections between the forensic sciences and archaeology were discussed.
Geert ten Dam, chairwoman of the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam, attended the student platform Room for Discussion as a guest. The discussion analysed the UvA as a research institute and education centre, and addressed practical problems such as overcrowded lecture rooms and the high work pressure.
Children of alumni and staff were introduced to science in workshops. They could see the stars in the mobile planetarium, make paper cut art, and help sort archaeological finds. The very youngest could have get their sick teddies and stuffed animals treated by students of medicine.
Alumnus of International and European Law David Dalenberg won de UvA Thesis Prize 2018. The 3,000 euro prize was presented by Hans Brug, chair of the UvA dissertation award jury and dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Afterwards, old ties were revived and new contacts established over drinks.
The next University Day will be held on Saturday 15 June 2019.