UvA celebrates the Opening of the 2017-2018 Academic Year
On Monday, 4 September, UvA staff and students celebrated the opening of a new academic year in the Aula. The theme of the programme was 'Inspiring Generations', also the motto of this year's anniversary celebrations.
Geert ten Dam on Inspiring Education
In her speech, Geert van Dam, President of the UvA's Executive Board, talked about inspiring education. The anniversary theme Inspiring Generations represents what we want to be as a university, for our students and for society. How can we give academic education real value and meaning for students and, by extension, society?
Robbert Dijkgraaf on Inspiring Research
Robbert Dijkgraaf, University Professor and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, shared his view on inspiring research: what does it mean and what can the university do to stimulate it?
There were two PechaKucha-style presentations by:
- Nathalie van der Velde, clinical lecturer and Internist-Geriatrician at the AMC. She received a donation earlier this year from the Amsterdam University Fund for her research on preventing falls in the elderly.
- Bruno Verschuere, Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology, and last year's winner of the Ig Nobel Prize, a parody on the Nobel Prize, for his research into lying.
Lecturer of the Year
The winner of the UvA's 2016-2017 Lecturer of the Year competition, Antoinette Muntjewerff (Assistent Professor of Jurisprudence) was interviewed by Louisa Bergsma en Karel van Vliet from the law faculty student association JFAS.
Music was provided by the UvA's J. Pzn Sweelinck orchestra.
This year was the first edition of the opening to be translated simultaneously into English. Students and staff could use headsets to listen to the interpreter.
Catching up at the Atrium
After the official opening students and staff toasted the new academic year and the UvA's 385th anniversary at the Atrium. The 2017-2018 year got off to a good start with a DJ, drinks, food stations and a photobooth.