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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Queen Máxima

Special guest at the 2013/2014 ceremony was Queen Máxima. She officially opened the new education building on Wageningen Campus: Orion. Queen Máxima was the second royal in six years to open a building on Wageningen Campus. In September 2007 Queen Beatrix opened Forum.

Renowned speakers

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.