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Join us on Friday 8 January during the 389th Dies Natalis (anniversary) of the UvA. During this celebration science journalist and UvA alumnus Anna Gimbrère takes you along the various topics and speakers in this online edition. Attention will be paid to topics such as academic independence and student well-being. The presentation of the honorary doctorates is also on the program.

Event details of Celebration of the 389th Dies Natalis: academic independence in the digital age and more
Date 8 January 2021
Time 15:00 -16:00

Read here what was on the program:

The celebration will begin with a speech from Rector Magnificus Karen Maex on maintaining academic independence in the digital age. A roundtable discussion on this topic will then be held with Thomas Poell, Professor of Data, Culture & Institutions, and Sarah Eskens, PhD candidate at the Institute for Information Law.

Yearning for autonomy

This year’s Dies speaker is Damiaan Denys, Professor of Psychiatry. In lieu of a traditional speech, he will present a short documentary that shows how people are yearning for more autonomy, but this hunger is based on a misunderstanding. Next, honorary doctorates will be awarded to biochemist and microbiologist Jan Potempa and social psychologist and publicist Shoshana Zuboff in an online ceremony. The Honorary Supervisors are Bruno Loos (Professor of Periodontology) and Edo Roos Lindgreen (Professor of Data Science in Auditing) and Beate Roessler (Professor of Ethics and the History of Ethics).

Student well-being campaign 'Keep in touch'

The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for students to stay in touch with each other and feel like they are fully part of the academic community. The Executive Board will therefore be making additional funds available to study associations in 2021 in order to develop activities – for members and non-members alike – that can help promote student well-being. In the spirit of this effort, the Dies Natalis will be concluded by students with inspirational examples of how they have risen to the challenges they are facing during this time.