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Coronavirus: Conferences, events and phd defences

On this page, you find answers to questions about inaugural lectures, conferences, the Introduction Week for new students, study association events, the official opening of the academic year and PhD defences.


  • Can my study association organise events at the beginning of the new academic year?

    Yes, it can. Study associations play an important role in community formation and the offering of a warm welcome to new students. The UvA will therefore make spaces available for these activities whenever possible and may also be able to assist study associations with other logistical matters. Study associations must of course respect all guidelines and protocols in force at the time any event takes place. The organisation of an event by a study association in one of the UvA’s buildings requires permission from the director of operations of the relevant faculty.

    Experience shows that the RIVM guidelines are more difficult to apply for larger groups and the UvA asks study associations to take this into account when organising events.

  • Will the Opening of the Academic Year go ahead?

    On 31 August we will open the 2020-2021 academic year with a modified programme, as befits these strange times. To celebrate the start of the new academic year, small-scale events will be held at our four campuses. Anyone who is on campus is more than welcome to join us! During the events, we will connect the campuses, and the entire programme can be followed online. Be there! Don’t forget to put it in your diary: Academic Year Opening on 31 August from 15:00 to 15:20.

  • Are PhD defence ceremonies taking place and where can I find more information on this?

    Until the end of this academic year (Friday, 3 July), PhD defence ceremonies will take place in a different, online form - via Zoom - and not physically in the Aula or the Agnietenkapel.

    From 1 September, all PhD defences can take place on site again in the Aula and the Agnietenkapel. PhD candidates who cannot come to Amsterdam to defend their thesis in the Aula or the Agnietenkapel can continue to make use of the online PhD Defence ceremonies via Zoom.

    UvA defence ceremonies will continue to be livestreamed on the university’s YouTube channel, even after 1 September. In this way, friends, family and colleagues of the PhD candidates, and other interested parties, can also attend the ceremonies. The live streams are only accessible to people who have the specific YouTube link. If the doctoral candidate gives explicit permission for this, the live stream will also be added to the defence ceremony announcements on the UvAweb.

    Read more about online PhD defence ceremonies

  • 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.