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Petrus Camper Festival

Petrus Camper Festival

Are you interested in what Bachelor Honours students do? Find out at the 2022 Petrus Camper Festival in the Academy Building!

What is it?

The Petrus Camper Festival is the final activity of the Petrus Camper Track, the broadening component of the Honours College bachelor programme that students do before they graduate. The Petrus Camper Track is organized to teach Honours students to approach current scientific and societal problems from different interdisciplinary perspectives and to translate this into a vision for the future. The Track consists of a deepening knowledge component, a skills component (academic writing, effective collaboration, debating) and a component focused on personal development (self-knowledge and reflection). For the Petrus Camper Festival, the students have prepared all kinds of activities in which they will present the results of their research projects.

The 2022 Edition

After having to host the Petrus Camper Festival online for two years due to the covid-19 measures at the time, we are happy to announce that this year the festival will be organized physically in the Academy Building again! The festival will take place on Wednesday, the 29th of June.


The Petrus Camper Festival will start at 14:00 hours (2:00 p.m.) with speeches from various speakers. In the afternoon, you can expect a wide range of interesting and interactive activities. The subjects of the activities vary from sustainability to academic freedom and philosophy of art. In addition, you can take a look around in the Academy Building and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the festival lounge.

After these activities, the festive graduation ceremony will start at 17:00 hours (5:00 p.m.) for invited guests, with a plenary session in the Aula, where there will be some speeches. Afterwards, the Honours College Medal will be presented by the honours faculty coordinators to their 'own' honours students in the various faculty rooms of the Academy Building.

The Honours College Medal will be awarded to all honours students who have completed, or are expected to complete, the Honours Bachelor programme by August 31, 2022 (the deepening as well as the broadening part of the Honours Bachelor programme). After the ceremony, there is a photo opportunity on the stairs of the Academy Building, and there are drinks afterwards. Later in the evening, the Honours College Study Association (HCSA) organizes a gala.

We hope you will have a great day and join us in celebrating the success of the Almeida Cohort 2019-2020!

Background information Petrus Camper Festival

Since 2012, the Petrus Camper Festival has been taking place in the Academy Building in Groningen. The name of the festival is dedicated to professor Petrus Camper (1722-1789), a medical man at the University of Groningen since 1763. Petrus Camper was born in 1722 in Leiden and he was a son of a learned and rich preacher. His interests were in: architecture, drawing, furniture making and mathematics. He studied at the University of Leiden, where he received a broad scientific education. After a scientific journey through England and France, Camper became a professor at the University of Franeker in 1749. From 1756, prof. Camper taught in Amsterdam and in 1763, he moved to Groningen where he became professor of theoretical medicine, anatomy, surgery and botany.

He tried, just as he did in Amsterdam and Franeker, to give his students the best possible education. He was known as an outstanding orator who was able to explain things in a clear and enjoyable manner. He supported his lectures with practicals and drawings, which he made himself. During his professorship in Groningen, the number of students was three times higher than in the previous years.

Conforming to prof. Petrus Camper, the festival will try to explain current societal issues in a clear and enjoyable manner. Students of the Honours College finish their Bachelor programme with the activities they present during the festival. The event shows how students and professors cooperate and how this results in a memorable afternoon.

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