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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. In a creative way, the students will present their work in the Academy Building.

What is it?

On Wednesday 26 June, the Academy building will be all about science and innovation. During the 7th edition of the Petrus Camper Festival we will take you on an interactive afternoon with activities, workshops, presentation, etc. Always wanted to see the Academy Building from inside? You get the opportunity to take a guided tour around the Academy Building and to get to know the story behind it. 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.


In the afternoon you can experience several interesting and interactive activities organized by Honours students. The topics range from sustainability to academic freedom. There is also an opportunity to take a guided tour through the Academy Building or to visit the poster gallery with poster presentations by Honours students.

After these activities, the festive graduation ceremony begins with a plenary session in the auditorium (Aula). Afterwards, the Honours College medals will be awarded personally by the faculty coordinators to their ‘own’ honours students in the various faculty rooms.


The entry for the Petrus Camper Festival is for free. The doors of the Academy Building (Broerstraat 5) open at 2.00 p.m. on 26 June. After these activities, from 5.00 p.m., the festive graduation ceremony for invitees begins with a plenary session in the auditorium (Aula). It is recommended to come by foot or bike. Most activities are in Dutch and English. Check the program booklet to see which activities are in Dutch and/or English.

We hope to welcome you on 26 June, 2019 in the Academy Building, entrance is free!

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Background information Petrus Camper Festival

Since 2012 the Petrus Camper Festival takes 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 by 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 practical 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 on the festival. The event shows how students and professors cooperate and how this result in a memorable afternoon.

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