Dies Natalis 2021: Making Health technology work for society

Dies Natalis 2021

Arie Kers

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?

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

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The inspiring afternoon featured contributions from, among others, our new Rector Magnificus Annelien Bredenoord and Jan Kimpen (Chief Medical Officer at Philips). Two honorary doctorates and the FAME Athena Award were also presented. The musical entertainment was provided by the Rotterdam singer Froukje.

Ethics and impactful innovations

In her graduation speech, Prof. Bredenoord spoke about her discipline, ethics in biomedical innovation. What can our university do to ensure that health technology has a positive impact on society? Bredenoord stressed the importance for the EUR community to build bridges and actively cooperate with social partners; after all, innovation does not happen in isolation.

Jan Kimpen, Chief Medical Officer at Royal Philips, outlined a business perspective on the theme, with challenges and opportunities - in close cooperation with universities and end-users - to achieve high-impact technological innovations in healthcare for individuals and society. Frans van Houten (EUR alumnus, chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Erasmus Trust Fund, and CEO of Royal Philips) also made a remote contribution to the cooperation between EUR and Philips.

Aftermovie - Dies Natalis 2021

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)
Prof.dr. Hanneke Takkenberg
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FAME Athena Award

Prof. Hanneke Takkenberg was presented with the FAME Athena Award 2021 during the celebration, for her active promotion of female leadership. Female Academics Moving to Equity (FAME) praised Professor Takkenberg for her numerous efforts and initiatives to combat gender inequality, such as founding VENA (the Erasmus MC network for academic women) and the Diversity & Inclusion Office of EUR.

Photo album Dies Natalis 2021

Cooperation for special stage

For the filling of the stage we could use striking historical objects of Erasmus MC Erfgoed, the collection of books with patient experiences of the University Library (a cooperation of the University Library with the ESHPM faculty) and the EUR Academic Heritage collection.


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