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Event details of Celebration of the 392nd Dies Natalis
11 January 2024
15:00 -16:45

Date: Thursday, 11 January 2024
Time: 15:00 – 16:45


  • Arrival of the academic procession
  • Opening address ‘The language of Science’ by Rector Magnificus Peter Paul Verbeek on the importance of multilingualism at the university, to contribute to both science and society
  • Dies speech ‘Let's put the mouth back in the body' by Egija Zaura (among other things University Research Chair Professor in Oral Microbial Ecology), on recognising that a healthy mouth is an essential foundation for everyone's health
  • Awarding of honorary doctorate to Zeynep Tufekci, professor at Princeton University and columnist for the New York Times and Wired. Tufekci will be awarded the honorary doctorate as a modern public intellectual for her sharp analyses on social movements and social media, among other things.
  • Awarding of honorary doctorare to Folkert Jensmalegal editor and commentator at NRC Handelsblad. Jensma will receive the honorary doctorate for his significant journalistic work, in which he ceaselessly draws attention to the rule of law, the quality of everyday legal practice, and the impact this has on those seeking justice.
  • Student association Machiavelli (Bachelor of Political Science) and Bachelor's student Chun Wai Man (Dutch Law) pay tribute to honorary doctorates.

Since the maximum capacity in the Aula has been reached, you can only attend the Dies online via the livestream below.