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Opening academisch jaar 2023-2024

Opening Academic Year 2023-2024; a plea for tolerance

Last modified on 30-06-2023 09:02
Join us for the opening of the academic year where UvA President Geert ten Dam and Mayor Femke Halsema will advocate mutual respect and understanding in academic and public debate.
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Start date
04-09-2023 15:00
End date
04-09-2023 16:15

Society is becoming increasingly polarised. During this opening of the new academic year, President of the Board Geert ten Dam and Mayor Femke Halsema advocate for mutual respect, understanding, and giving each other room for debate, both within and outside the university. And it’s precisely university scholars who should facilitate a constructive dialogue.


  • University President Geert ten Dam will speak about tolerance and academic freedom
  • Mayor Femke Halsema’s speech will focus on the importance of public intellectuals
  • Musical intermezzos by members of the Student Choir Amsterdam and the Sweelinck-Orchestra
  • Repair movement: Bike Kitchen UvA
  • Environmental chemist Antonia Praetorius, geographer Lies Jacobs, junior researcher Bernou Boven and 100 people from the general public will hunt for microplastics in wastewater
  • UvA secrets: the Technology Centre

Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to continue the conversation during informal drinks at the Maagdenhuis. Would you like to attend this opening at the Aula? Then register above.

Warm welcome to campus 

We have a warm welcome in store for you if you’re on a UvA campus on 4 September. Between 8:30 and 14:00, you will be invited to walk on the red carpet and join us in celebrating the start of the 2023-2024 Academic Year. Drop in for a cup of coffee, a glass of fresh juice and a (refreshing) snack!