Opening of the Academic Year

Wageningen UR annually celebrates the Opening of the Academic Year in style. At this public event, on 7 September, renowned speakers address current issues concerning food, health and the environment.

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Disruptive thinking

We cannot imagine progress and wellbeing anymore without technology and objects designed and made by humans. A fascinating new category of design is emerging, combining engineering with ecology, biology, genetics and chemistry and insights from the social sciences. We have invited innovative designer and artist Daan Roosegaarde to show us how his work can inspire Wageningen UR (and vice versa!) to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. We hope that you will join us to experience his disruptive thinking at the opening of the Academic Year 2015 on 7 September in our building Orion on the Campus. Please do not forget to register.


14.30 Welcoming reception and registration
15.30 Disruptive thinking
Prof. dr ir Louise O. Fresco
Daan Roosegaarde, Creative director of the social design lab Studio Roosegaarde
Response by three Wageningen UR scientists
Mansholt-Business Award for Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Official opening of the Academic Year by prof. dr ir Arthur P. J. Mol
17.00 Reception

Location: Orion, Bronland 1, 6708 WH Wageningen

We regret to inform you that the registration for the Opening of the Academic Year 2015-2016 is now closed.

The event will be broadcast live on WURTV on Monday September 7th from 15.30 onward.

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Should you have any questions, please send an email message to