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Coronavirus: Conferences, events and phd defences

All UvA events will be canceled until 1 June. This includes inaugural lectures, conferences and the Bachelor's Day. Study association events are also covered by this measure. Phd defences will go ahead in a different form.


  • Are PhD defence ceremonies taking place?

    Yes. As long as the measures related to the coronavirus remain in force at the UvA, PhD defence ceremonies will take place online (using Zoom) rather than on location in the Aula or the Agnietenkapel. This will allow PhD candidates to complete what they’ve been working on in recent years and move on with their careers.

    From at home on the computer, PhD candidates will defend their thesis before their supervisors and the doctoral committee’s members and chair. PhD defence ceremonies always follow a fixed protocol. This protocol can be maintained during online PhD defences as well. The chair of the doctoral committee will direct the ceremony as usual. Besides the members of the doctoral committee, the Beadle will also be present online to pronounce ‘hora est’ at the appointed time for ending the defence. A ‘Zoom host’, an employee responsible for audio/video, will provide technical support.

  • Will diploma ceremonies be postponed?

    Unfortunately, as long as the corona measures are in place, graduation ceremonies and diploma ceremonies will be postponed until further notice. In exceptional cases, a diploma can be sent by registered mail on request. You can submit your request via the Digital Student Service Desk.