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Petrus Camper Festival

Petrus Camper Festival

Are you interested in what Bachelor Honours students do? Visit the Petrus Camper Festival!

The Petrus Camper Finale is the final activity Honours College Students undertake before they graduate. This year, in a creative way, the students will present their work in the virtual Tower of the Academy Building in Gather Town.

What is it?

During the Petrus Camper Festival, the virtual Tower in the Academy Building will be all about science and innovation. During the Festival we will take you on an interactive afternoon with activities, workshops, presentations, etc. Furthermore, the Honours 3rd year Bachelor students present you a broad range of activities about current societal and science issues, with a vision towards the future.

The Petrus Camper Track is a part of the bachelor programme of the Honours College. The Petrus Camper Track is organized to teach Honours students to approach current scientific and social problems from different perspectives and to translate this into a vision for the future. The Track consists of a deepening knowledge component, a skills component and a personal development component. Together, these components encompass academic writing, coaching, self-reflection, debating, personal leadership and more. For this Petrus Camper Finale, the students have prepared a workshop in which they will give you insights into their final research projects for the Honours College programme.

The 2021 Edition

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus the 2021 edition of the Petrus Camper Festival will be held on the 23rd of june In Gather Town. Gather town is a video-calling space that lets multiple people hold separate conversations in parallel, walking in and out of those conversations just as easily as you do in real life. In Gather Town a virtual Academy building has been built for the Petrus Camper Festival. Within this virtual Academy building every atelier group will have its own room where they can present their topic.


The festival will be opened by Honours Vice-Dean Peter Grootte. After the opening you can experience several interesting and interactive activities organized by Honours students. The topics range from sustainability to philosophy of art.

After these activities, the festive graduation ceremony begins with a plenary session in Gather Town. The programme folder with the locations will be available on Monday 21st of June. Usually, the Honours College medals will be awarded personally by the faculty coordinators to their ‘own’ honours students in the various faculty rooms. However, due to covid-19, it is not possible to be on site with all of us. Therefore, more information will be provided soon about awarding the Honours College medals.

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Background information Petrus Camper Festival

Since 2012, the Petrus Camper Festival has been taking place in the Academy Building in Groningen. Due to covid-19 measures, this year’s Petrus Camper Festival will take place in the virtual Tower of the Academy Building in Gather Town. 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, 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 program 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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