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Campus Fryslân

Opening of the Academic Year

When:Tu 03-09-2019 14:30 - 18:00
Where:Campus Fryslân, Wirdumerdijk 34, Leeuwarden

We would like to invite you to the opening of the Academic Year 2019-2020 on Tuesday 3 September 2019. After the launch of University College Fryslân in 2018, we now look forward to welcoming Bachelor’s and Master’s students to our new faculty building, the Beurs, as of September 2019.


We will welcome you to our new faculty building, where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. The academic procession will then move to the Grote Kerk, where the programme will continue. After a few words of welcome by Prof. Andrej Zwitter, Dean of Campus Fryslân, we will give the floor to Daan Roovers, who will give this year’s Gemma Frisius lecture. Roovers holds the honorary title ‘Denker des Vaderlands’ [Thinker Laureate]. We will end the programme with a drinks reception, where you will have a chance to meet staff members and students.

Daan Roovers
Daan Roovers

Gemma Frisius lecture

“What is the university’s task in managing and disseminating knowledge, now that the internet accommodates all of the information available in the world and makes it freely accessible to everyone? What does this transformation of one of the university’s core public functions mean for the soul of the relationship between academic expertise and the public? Just like after the first scientific revolution in the seventeenth century, the dynamics between the two will have to be readjusted”. These are just some of the questions that Daan Roovers will be addressing during her lecture.

Since 29 March 2019, Daan Roovers has been the ‘Denker des Vaderlands’ [Thinker Laureate], a title that she will hold for two years. During this period, Roovers wants to focus on ‘public thinking’: how can we move forward together? After all, politics is about us, and the questions that we ask in this regard must once again become part of our daily lives. In 2019, Roovers, together with Marc van Dijk, wrote about this topic in their book Wij zijn de politiek.

Kind regards,

Prof. Andrej Zwitter
Dean of Campus Fryslân

Piet Bouma
Managing Director of Campus Fryslân

2.30 – 3 p.m.: Welcome with coffee and tea in de Beurs (Wirdumerdijk 34, 8911 CE, Leeuwarden)
3 – 3.20 p.m.: Academic procession to the Grote Kerk (Bredeplaats 4, 8911 EP, Leeuwarden)
3.20 – 3.30 p.m.: Welcome and introduction by Prof. Andrej Zwitter
3.30 – 4.30 p.m.: Lecture by Daan Roovers
4.30 – 6 p.m.: Drinks reception

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