Opening of the Academic Year

Wageningen UR annually celebrates the Opening of the Academic Year in style. At this public event, in the first week of September, renowned speakers address current issues concerning food, health and the environment.

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Opening Academic Year 2014/2015

On Monday 1 September 2014 Wageningen UR will celebrate the Opening of its Academic Year 2014/2015. This year, the programme will include an address by Professor Louise Fresco, the new Chair of the Executive Board, as well as contributions by students and researchers.

The Opening of the Academic Year will take place in the Orion building in the afternoon, starting at 3.30 pm. Within the next few weeks more information about the programme and further details of the celebration will be made available on this website.

Do you want to join the celebrations? The registration form can be filled out now. Please feel free to browse through our archive for an overview of previous editions of the Opening Celebrations.

Previous renowned speakers and special guests

Speakers at the Academic Year Openings of Wageningen UR include former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, President of the French research institute INRA Marion Guillou, Chairman of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) Bernard Wientjes, World Wildlife Fund’s Senior Vice-President Jason Clay and various Dutch Ministers of Agriculture and Economic Affairs. Special guests of the Opening of the Academic Year include Queen Máxima, who at the 2013/2014 ceremony officially opened the Orion education building on Wageningen Campus.