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Our annual events
Every year the Open University organises a number of recurring activities and events. Each time a current theme or issue is raised which is approached in a scientific way.

Dies natalis

The dies natalis is the official birthday of the Open University and is celebrated with an academic sitting, reception and a dinner for the professors. In anniversary years, this is accompanied by the granting of honorary doctorates. The theme in 2016 was: Open Science - Open Data: How ‘open' should science be?

Opening of the academic year

Every year around 1 September, universities in the Netherlands open the new academic year.

U-meet

In the run-up to the weekend of science, the universities organise the annual U-Meet with the aim of strengthening support for scientific education and research. During the U-meet, science, civil society and politics all come together to develop or encourage the development of solutions for a current social problem. The composition of speakers, interaction with the public (debate) and choice of the theme, wide media attention is anticipated.

Participation of the Open University in U-meet

U-meet 2015: Art Light: the effect of light in and through art

U-meet 2014: The use of robots in healthcare

U-meet 2013: Safety: cyber bullying

U-meet 2012: Learning and teaching in the 21st century