110th Dies Natalis

Making Minds Matter: New Horizons
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Wednesday 8 Nov 2023, 15:00 - 16:30
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Erasmus Building
Campus Woudestein
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Annelien Bredenoord dies natalis
Alexander Santos Lima

Our university is celebrating its 110th anniversary, the 22nd Lustrum! Our founding fathers surely couldn’t have imagined how we study, work and conduct impactful research on our Woudestein campus and at other locations in Rotterdam, The Hague and elsewhere in the world in 2023: with an immense diversity of staff and students, a wide variety of research and a clear mission to make the world a better and fairer place through teaching and research.

Of course, it’s hard to predict what our university will look like in another 110 years. Nevertheless, we do have to try as a university to prepare ourselves for the future as best as possible. Because even then we still want to play a crucial role as a scientific institution when it comes to finding smart, sustainable solutions for big issues such as poverty, social inequality, climate change, pandemics and human rights.

After all, that’s our university’s entire reason for being – both now and in the future.
As part of our 110th Dies Natalis, we will embark on a journey to explore new horizons and answer the question of how, in another 110 years, EUR can still be a top university that creates positive societal impact. As such, the theme of our 110th Dies Natalis, taking place on Wednesday 8 November 2023, is as follows:

‘Making Minds Matter: New Horizons’.

Registering for the Dies Natalis

Registration via the online registration form is required for access to the programme in the Aula and the reception. The official language is Dutch. Simultaneous translation to English will be made available. Questions about (registration for) the Dies Natalis? Please send an email to ceremonies@eur.nl

(Re-)watching the Dies Natalis online

The 110th Dies Natalis can also be watched via a livestream that is publicly accessible. After the event, the recordings can also be viewed here. All of that can be found here.

Our programme features three speakers who represent elements of our motto ‘Making Minds Matter’:

  • Making – Act like an entrepreneur: Nima Salami

    Nima Salami (EUR graduate, CEO and co-founder of the OASYS NOW start-up, and winner of the 2022 Erasmus University Challenge) discusses how his company’s technology puts people back in control of the storage and distribution of their DNA.

    Nima Salami, EUR alumnus, CEO and co-founder of start-up OASYS NOW.
  • Minds – Think like a scientist: Guido Imbens

    Guido Imbens, Professor of Economics and Applied Econometrics at Stanford University, EUR alumnus and winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics (2021), will receive an honorary doctorate from honorary supervisor Professor Dinand Webbink (ESE).

    Guido Imbens, professor of Economics and Applied Econometrics at Stanford University
    Stefan Bladh
  • Matter – Care like a citizen: Erasmus professor Eveline Crone

    Erasmus professor Eveline Crone will engage in conversation with us about creating societal impact. In addition, the new Erasmus professor will be announced.

    Eveline Crone, professor at ESSB and Erasmusprofessor.
  • Furthermore, Rector Magnificus Annelien Bredenoord will deliver her Dies speech, various awards will be presented and there will be a musical interlude courtesy of The Transformers. The ceremony will be hosted by Lexter Woodley.

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.

More information

For more information, visit the Dies Natalis page. Do you have any questions? Please send an email to ceremonies@eur.nl.




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