Events & Ceremonies

56th Dies Natalis

24 november 2017
Create, Connect, Contribute

Today’s society expects a great deal from its universities, and rightly so. We prepare talented young people for their future role in society, our research contributes solutions to societal challenges and we are a driving force behind entrepreneurship. ‘Create, Connect, Contribute’ is the motto of this year’s Dies Natalis celebration.

The University of Twente cordially invites you to join us in celebrating our 56th anniversary on November 24 2017.

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A changing society

From its earliest beginnings, taking responsibility for its role in society has been part of the University of Twente’s DNA. But today’s society is changing at an unprecedented pace. Instead of simply responding to these waves of change, we are determined to be at the forefront, making things happen. That is exactly why the changes we are making in our own organization focus on giving talented people room to excel and take initiative. During the ceremony, prof. dr. Thom Palstra, rector magnificus of the University of Twente, will talk about the future of the University and its place in our changing society.

Dies Lecture

This year’s Dies Lecture will be given by Suzanne Hulscher, Professor of Water Engineering and Management. In 2016, she received the prestigious Simon Stevin Master Prize for her work. Her lecture will focus on the consequences of human interference with natural processes on river beds and sea beds.

Awards and music

After the lecture, the Overijssel PhD Award and the Professor De Winter Prize will be presented to the deserving winners. UTmost, the university’s student big band, will provide musical interludes during the event. Click here for the full programme of the event.

Start connecting, creating and contributing: be part of the Dies Natalis celebrations!

Date:                    24 November 2017

Time:                    13:30-18:00