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Dies Natalis 2020

Erasmus University Rotterdam will be celebrating its 107th anniversary with the Dies Natalis on Friday 6 November 2020.

The University’s anniversary is traditionally celebrated with a festive event held on our Woudestein campus. The ceremony always includes an opening speech by the rector magnificus, the awarding of two honorary doctorates, the presentation of the FAME Athena Award and contributions by renowned speakers.

On the special occasion of the Dies Natalis, Erasmus University Rotterdam traditionally awards honorary doctorates to individuals in appreciation of their outstanding contribution to science and society. This year’s honorary doctors have been nominated by the Rotterdam School of Management (celebrating their 50th anniversary this year) and Erasmus School of Law.

The FAME Athena Award is presented to a university staff member who has made an exceptional effort to promote female talent - and set a fine example for their colleagues in the process.

Due to the current coronavirus situation, we can only welcome a limited number of invited guests. Others may watch the 107th Dies Natalis live online.

*The full programme will be updated soon on this page.

  • Professor Jane Dutton, Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, is awarded an honorary doctorate by recommendation of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). Honorary promotor is Professor Joep Cornelissen.

    Professor Katharina Pistor, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law and Director of the Center on Global Legal Transformation at the Columbia Law School of Columbia University in New York City, is awarded an honorary doctorate by recommendation of Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University (ESL).

Dies Natalis 2019 in honour of Jan Tinbergen

Dies Natalis 2019