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University Day - Saturday 4 April 2020 cancelled

University Day

Much to our regret, the UvA has had to decide, in view of the guidelines surrounding the coronavirus, to cancel the University Day on Saturday, April 4. Everyone who has signed up for the University Day will receive further information by e-mail.

The University Day programme features lectures and debates at Roeterseiland Campus. Visitors can attend lectures and debates on scientific and social issues by leading academics and alumni. Also the UvA thesis prize will be awarded to the writer of last year's best Master's thesis.

The main programme is in Dutch, but there will be a special programme for English-speaking alumni. 

12:00 - 13:00

Registration and lunch

13:00 - 15:00

Artis as garden of the Muses

Artis is known as the Amsterdam Zoo. But Artis may also be understood and experienced as a city park, an arboretum or botanical garden. As a place of study for artists and scientists. Or as a collection of green, red and blue heritage. Erik de Jong will show how a walk through the park drives our world of experience and perception. 

14.15 - 15.15

Interview with Anita Elberse by Humberto Tan

The special programme for English-speaking alumni includes an interview with Anita Elberse, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, by Humberto Tan. In her research, Anita Elberse primarily aims to understand what drives the success of products in the entertainment, media, sports, and other creative industries, and how firms can effectively manage products and talent in such sectors.

15:45 -16:45

Imaging UvA student startups: how our alumni can help!

In the last decade, university students’ interest to start companies has more than doubled. The University of Amsterdam stimulates and supports student startups in many ways. There are numerous courses at bachelor and master level for students to experiment with their startup ideas, there are incubator hubs on each campus, a student investment fund and a full fledge tech incubator programme.

The Institute for Advanced Study

UvA’s Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) offers outstanding researchers a haven, free from the constraints of disciplinary boundaries, where they can work collaboratively on complex scientific and societal challenges. This session gives you an introduction to the institute, its mission and a flavour of the types of projects and research conducted at IAS.

Children's programme 

The University Day also offers a children’s programme (in Dutch), where primary school students are introduced to science in numerous workshops such as a mobile planetarium, forensic research and a digital archeology lab with 3D scanners and drones. 

Programme for students in secondary school

There is also a special programme (in Dutch) for students in secondary school. They can experience what it is like to work in a courtroom and look at plays about Shakespeare and Rembrandt.