Dies Natalis 2018
Erasmus University Rotterdam celebrated the university’s 105th anniversary on Thursday, 8 November 2018. ‘Advancing Science, Impacting Society’ was the theme of the Dies Natalis, also part of the 21st lustrum celebrations.
Research doesn’t only advance science, it advances society on the whole. There is a growing understanding these days that research can be a two-pronged tool: on the one hand, it serves as a motor for scientific progress, and on the other it allows for making societal impact. Think, for example, of research for the prevention of viruses like Zika, or research that helps new Rotterdam residents from different backgrounds integrate into their neighbourhoods.
Young scientists who create impact
Dan Schley: How can people process and use numbers better?
Renske Keizer: Contributing to extend paternity leave in The Netherlands
Sander Herfst: Creating scientific and societal impact with research on avian influenza viruses
Making societal impact is part of Erasmus University’s DNA. This is why three renowned scientists who excel in research and whose work is of great social value, were honored during the anniversary festivities. Prof. dr. Debra Satz, Prof. dr. George Davey Smith and Prof. dr. Nina Glick-Schiller received an honorary doctorate by recommendation of the three Erasmus Initiatives: interdisciplinary research-projects that contribute to solving significant societal issues of our time.
Laudatio honorary doctor Nina Glick-Schiller by professor Inge Hutter
Laudatio honorary doctor George Davey Smith by professor Johan Mackenbach
Laudatio honorary doctor Debra Satz by professor Jack Vromen
FAME Athena Award and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Next to awarding the honorary doctorates, the FAME Athena Award was gifted to Lizzy Boonen. As HR policy officer at Erasmus MC she had gone about and beyond to encourage talent development and diversity. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied the event with a unique arrangement.