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We look forward to welcoming you to the special jubilee edition of the Dies Natalis, the 60th-anniversary of the University of Twente. Below, an overview of the programme on Friday 20 May 2022.

This year's Dies Natalis will consist of many different stories from people who are connected to the University. Between all stories, you will hear music of Tangarine, our ‘house band’ during this celebration.

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Are you unable to attend on location? No worries. The entire event can be followed live via UT. LIVE, our own video platform.

The opening words

The Dies Natalis will start at three o'clock sharp with the opening words of Rector Magnificus, Tom Veldkamp, and 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 Ph.D. Award.

After that, there will be several inspiring talks by talented researchers Femi Ojambati, Jerre Starink, and Funda Atun.

 The awarding of the honorary doctorates

The second part of the celebration will be the ceremony of the honorary doctorates. On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, the University of Twente will award four honorary doctorates. 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.

At a quarter past five, we'll end the day together during the reception on the ground floor of the Waaier. We hope to see you next week!

Please note that pictures will be taken

During the event, photos and possibly videos will of course be taken for promotional purposes. Please let us know if you do not want to be photographed