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.
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.
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