Dies Natalis 2022

Can't attend in person? Join the festivities online!

every connection has a story. Get ready to celebrate our 60th anniversary with us during the Dies Natalis on Friday 20 May 2022.

The special jubilee edition of the Dies Natalis will take place, as many of you know, a little bit later than anticipated. Due to the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak, we were forced to postpone the event. People who have already registered for the Dies Natalis in 2021, received a 'new' confirmation.

Programme of the Dies Natalis

13:30 - 14:20

Coffee and tea in the Waaier.

14:25 - 15:00

Walk in (Waaier)

15:00 - 17:00

Celebration of the 60th Dies Natalis: 'Every connection has a story!'

17:15 - 18:00

Reception on the ground floor of the Waaier.


The story of the University of Twente began sixty years ago, in 1961. It is a story about science, technology, learning and exploring, about supporting and being supported. It focuses on reflection and action and tells of trial and error and perseverance. But above all, our story is about people. People who are connected to each other, both at the university and beyond. Between all stories you will hear music of Tangarine, our ‘house band’ during the celebration.  

The Dies Natalis will start with opening words of Rector Magnificus, Tom Veldkamp and will be followed by the stories of the young talents at the start of their careers; the winners of the Marina van Damme Scholarship, the Professor de Winter Award, and the Overijssel PhD Award. Next on the programme will be inspiring talks by talented researchers Femi Ojambati, Jerre Starink and Funda Atun.  

Join us from the comfort of your home!
Register here
Registration to attend the event on campus is now closed.

Honorary doctorates

On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, the University of Twente will award four honorary doctorates in the second part of the celebration. They will go to IPCC co-chair Debra Roberts, cybersecurity expert Jaya Baloo, physicist and science policymaker Wim van Saarloos and Prince Constantijn of Orange-Nassau. They all stand for the sustainable, fair and digital society that the University of Twente aims to support.


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Hinke Mulder.

H. Mulder (Hinke)
Senior Communication Advisor