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 2015/2016

On September 7th, 2015, Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) will celebrate the opening of the Academic Year 2015-1016.

The celebration, which will include a keynote by internationally acclaimed designer Daan Roosegaarde,  will take place on Wageningen Campus, Orion building, Bronland 1, 6708 WH Wageningen, and is scheduled to start at 15.30 hr. More information on the programme and speakers will be posted as it becomes available on

Previous renowned speakersand 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.

Please feel free to browse through our archive for an overview of previous editions of the Opening Celebrations.