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All staff and students are cordially invited to attend the 386th Dies Natalis (birthday) of the University of Amsterdam. This year’s Dies celebration will be held partly in Dutch and partly in English, so that international students and staff can also enjoy the event.

Event details of UvA celebrates its 386th anniversary
Date 8 January 2018
Time 15:00 -17:00
Dies Natalis 2018
Photo: Daniël Rommens

Attend the Dies celebration

The Dies celebration will be held in the Aula of the UvA, Singel 411, Amsterdam on Monday, 8 January from 15:00 to 17:00. A reception will be held immediately afterwards in the Maagdenhuis foyer.

Admission is free; register to attend in advance by filling out the form below. The Dies will also be broadcast via a live stream.


Rector Karen Maex will open the Dies celebration with a speech in English about internationalisation. Prof. Harry Buhrman, distinguished research professor at the Faculty of Science, will deliver the Dies speech.

Honorary doctorates

After the opening remarks and the Dies speech, the following honorary doctorates will be awarded:

A student delegation will conclude the Dies Natalis with its own contribution.

Afterwards (starting from 17:00), a reception will be held at the Maagdenhuis where attendees will have the opportunity to congratulate the recipients of the honorary doctorates.