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Join us in celebrating the return to campus on Monday, 6 September! We are leaving the difficult corona year and a half behind us and are happy to look ahead. We will do so together with our students, including by drawing on insights gained during the crisis of the past year and a half. What is the future we have in mind for Generation Alpha? And what does this mean for our education and research?

Event details of Opening Academic Year 2021- 2022: Generation Alpha
Date 6 September 2021
Time 15:00 -16:00
Location Aula - Lutherse kerk


  • Welcome speech Executive Board President Geert ten Dam
  • Luce van Kempen is crown member at the Social and Economic Council (SER). As the youngest crown member ever she is involved in issues related to intergenerational solidarity and sustainability. She will give a keynote entitled: Towards the future.
  • Picture a scientist with Sisters in Science Lotte Schreuders, Noor Abdulhussain and Mimi den Uijl, who offer a glimpse into the world of science and chemistry through their Instagram channel, but more importantly  hope to smash stereotypes and inspire others.
  • Ljubiša Metikoš, master's student of Information Law and Minister of Data and Privacy in the Student Cabinet, outlines the impact of technological innovation for the UvA: A future full of interdisciplinarity, ethical self-reflection and social involvement.
  • Musical intermezzo by members of the UvA Orchestra J.Pzn Sweelinck
  • UvA alumnus Kurano Bigiman was named Amsterdammer of the Year 2020 for his efforts in creating the first pre-university secondary school department in Amsterdam’s Zuidoost district. He inspires us with a story about the road to university.
  • PPLE student Melina Hermann presents a plea for The University as a Community.
  • Speech and reflection Geert ten Dam: Generation Alpha.

Because of the measures that still apply to higher education, we cordially invite you to follow this opening online. On Monday, 6 September you will find a link to our livestream on this page.


The Opening of the Academic year will take place online via livestream or at the Aula of the Oude Lutherse Kerk.

Aula - Lutherse kerk

Singel 411
1012 XM Amsterdam

Warm welcome to campus

The return to campus will also be celebrated on campus in our Kletsstraat (chatting street)! Unlike the corona-test streets we’ve been experiencing for the past year and a half, this street will boost your energy. Anyone who is on campus on Monday 6 September can pick up a free shot of energy at one of the pick-up points between 10:00 and 18:00. And these are not to be missed, because you will be warmly welcomed with a red carpet. Have fun catching up on campus with fellow students or colleagues you've been missing for so long.

The pick-up points can be found at the entrance of:

  • Universiteitsquarter: Bushuis (canteen), Oudemanhuispoort and PC hoofthuis
  • Roeterseilandcampus: buildings M, E, A en G
  • Science Park: Building 904
  • Hogehilweg, Amsterdam UMC, location meibergdreef: Faculty of medicine