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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. In 2016 the opening of the academic year of the Open University took place simultaneously with the opening of the other universities for the first time.


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