Events at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Academic traditions and more
Wopke Hoekstra en publiek bij Dies Natalis 2019

Erasmus University Rotterdam organises several academic ceremonies every year. These events have become an important part of our traditions and history. In addition to the official academic ceremonies - part of the academic tradition - the university organizes a number of corporate events. These events focus on various strategic themes, such as talent development and the importance of diversity. 

For all activities, such as conferences, PhD defences and lectures, please check our calendar.

Academic ceremonies

  • Opening of the Academic Year

    This event takes place on the first Monday of September. During this ceremony, the chairman of the Executive Board and guest speakers discuss the central theme of that year's edition. Also, the Education Prize and the Research Prize are being granted to excellent teachers and scholars of our university. Read more about the Opening of the Academic Year.

    Laurenskerk tijdens Opening Academisch Jaar
  • Dies Natalis

    On 8 November, Erasmus University Rotterdam celebrates its birthday. On 8 November 1913, the Nederlandsche Handels-Hoogeschool (NHH) was being founded, the first predecessor of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. During the Dies Natalis, the Rector Magnificus gives a lecture. Also, the university awards several honorary doctorates to distinguished scholars. Like the Opening of the Academic Year, the ceremony starts with the entrance of the professors in their academic togas, the managers and student associations.

    Global health’ thema van 102e dies natalis

Corporate events

  • Rotterdamlezing

    Rotterdamlezing has been organised annually by the Erasmus University Rotterdam since 2003. Rotterdamlezing is a gift from the university to the city. Rotterdamlezing always has a keen eye for the most current questions for Rotterdam.

    Rotterdamlezing: vanaf balkon Arminiuskerk
  • Eurekaweek

    During this introduction week, brand new students will get to know Rotterdam and the university.

    Studenten op het gras tijdens de Eurekaweek
  • Erasmus Charity Run

    Each year, students, staff members and alumni of the university take part in the Rotterdam Marathon (10,5 km and 42,195 km) to raise money for the Erasmus Scholarship Fund. Read more about the Erasmus Charity Run.

  • HeartBeat Festival

    On June 13, 2024, the eighth edition of the HeartBeat Festival will take place: a festival for students, staff and alumni to celebrate the university's anniversary.

    Publiek en het podium tijdens het HeartBeat Festival
  • International Women's Day

    International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The EUR firmly supports diversity in its workforce. 

    Internationale Vrouwendag
  • Rotterdam Pride week

    Rotterdam Pride week is an annual week in June, celebrating cultural en sexual diversity.

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