Making Health technology work for society

The 108th dies Natalis of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) on Monday 8 November 2021 will be devoted to Health Technology & Society.

What is Erasmus University Rotterdam doing to make the world healthier? How can technological innovations be successfully embedded in our society? With which partners do we work on this, and how?


Registration via the online registration form is required for access to the dies programme in the Aula and the drinks reception. The event will be in English. If you have any questions about (registration for) the dies natalis and/or if you need additional information, please send an e-mail to

Honorary doctorates

Honorary doctorates are awarded to:

  • Karl Deisseroth - D. H. Chen Professor, Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
    Honorary supervisor - Professor Chris de Zeeuw (Erasmus MC)
  • Trisha Greenhalgh –  Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College,University of Oxford
    Honorary supervisor - Professor Roland Bal (Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management)

Newly appointed rector magnificus and business perspective

Our newly appointed rector magnificus, Annelien Bredenoord, speaks about her field of expertise of ethics in biomedical innovation, the importance of co-creation and the convergence between EUR, Erasmus MC and TU Delft. In addition, Jan van Kimpen, Chief Medical Officer at Royal Philips, outlines a business perspective with challenges and opportunities to achieve impactful technological innovations in healthcare for individuals and society in close collaboration with universities and end users. Among others by Frans van Houten (EUR alumnus, chairman of the Supervisory Board Erasmus Trustfonds, CEO Royal Philips).

FAME Athena Award

During the Dies, the FAME Athena Award will be presented to an individual or group who have made an extraordinary effort to promote female talent.

Read more about the FAME Athena Awards
Patrick Kenawy

Froukje Veenstra

Froukje (Froukje Veenstra) lives in Rotterdam, where she studies Songwriting at Codarts Conservatory. In May 2020, she released her second single 'Ik Wil Dansen', which, just like 'Groter Dan Ik', touches on relevant existential themes. Both singles are good for hundreds of thousands of views and over a million streams each in a short time. With the release of her EP Licht en Donker in 2021, she seals her definitive breakthrough.

Attending and watching online

The 108th Dies Natalis can also be watched via a livestream which will be publicly accessible via this page in due course. After the dies natalis, the recordings can also be viewed here.


Erasmus University is highly concerned about all guests. We follow all guidelines of the RIVM and the GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond regarding the coronavirus. This means:

  • We ask everyone, whether or not they have been (fully) vaccinated, not to attend the ceremony in case of covid symptoms.
  • The total capacity of the Aula will be used, without the 1.5-metre distance rule, a mask or a corona pass.

For more information on Covid-19 measures, please visit

Photography & video

Photographs and video recordings will be made during the Dies Natalis. It is possible that you are recognisable in the picture. As a visitor, you give permission for the storage and use of these images for commercial purposes.

Dies Natalis 2020

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