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Join us on Monday, 10 January for the UvA's 390th Dies Natalis (birthday). During this celebration, attention will be paid to topics such as the disruptive effects of digitisation and why current policy to combat global warming does not appear to be really effective. The presentation of the honorary doctorates is also on the programme.

Event details of UvA celebrates 390th birthday
Date 10 January 2022
Time 15:00 -16:30
Three students walking through Amsterdam


  • Cortège entrance 
  • Speech by Rector Magnificus Karen Maex about the disruptive effects of digitisation, conspiracy theories and the way in which the University could and should respond to them.
  • Round table discussion with Karen Maex, Assistant Professor of Political Communication Michael Hameleers and Assistant Professor of Political Science Eefje Steenvoorden. They will discuss the disruptive effects of digitisation and conspiracy theories from various academic disciplines.
  • Dies speech by University Professor of Environmental Economics Rick van der Ploeg, in which he discusses the political and social obstacles and lobbies that stand in the way of a serious climate policy and what can be done about it.
  • Awarding of honorary doctorates to economist and first female director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and to immunologists and vaccine developers Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci. Honorary supervisors are Sweder van Wijnbergen (Professor of Economics), Joyeeta Gupta (Professor of Environment and development in the global south), Theo Geijtenbeek (Professor of Molecular and Cellular Immunology) and Yvette van Kooyk (Professor of Molecular Cellular Biology and Immunology). 
  • Our study associations SEFA of Economics & Business and MFAS and the Faculty Student Council of Medicine will pay homage to the honorary doctors in their own way.