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On 2 September Edith Hooge, will be opening the academic year for the first time as the new President of the Executive Board. The programme will feature an area of research that has excited human curiosity for centuries, but in which there is still much to discover: our universe. Two mini-lectures will make sure we embark on the new academic year filled with new insights and inspiration.
Event details of Opening of the 2024-2025 Academic Year: The Wonder of Science
2 September 2024
15:00 -16:30

Afterwards, we will toast the new academic year in the Maagdenhuis.

Time and location

  • Arrive from 14:30 hrs., in the University of Amsterdam’s Aula auditorium at Singel 411
  • Programme: 15:00 – 16:30 hrs.
  • Drinks: 16:30 – 17:30 hrs., Maagdenhuis, Spui 21


  • Opening by Executive Board President Edith Hooge on the governance of the university
  • Astronomer Nathalie Degenaar takes us into the cosmos (mini-lecture on the mystery of black holes)
  • Musical interlude by UvA students
  • Science historian and computational linguist Rens Bod will give a mini-lecture to explain that ancient ideas about the universe are surprisingly timely and inspiring
  • Amsterdam Music Lab researchers let us participate in their musical experiment on catchy music


Dutch will be spoken during this event. English speakers will be able to make use of live translation via headset.

If you are unable to attend

  • You can also attend the opening via livestream (in Dutch). On the day of the event, we will share a link on this webpage.
  • Afterwards you can watch the recording (also in Dutch) on this webpage.
Aula - Lutherse kerk

Singel 411
1012 WN Amsterdam