Opening Academisch jaar 2023

Opening Academic year 2023-2024: The Art of Digitalization

Date: Time: 16:00 Location: Auditorium

The Art of Digitalization. That is the theme of the Opening of the Academic Year 2023-2024 at Tilburg University in the Auditorium on Monday, September 4, 2023, at 16:00 hrs. All students and staff of Tilburg University are invited.

The Art of Digitalization

Digitalization offers opportunities. It makes us look at our work with different eyes, it makes us curious. Our science is driven by digitalization: it presents new opportunities for our research, and digital tools can be used to improve the quality of our education. While we embrace digitalization, we also explore the downsides of digitalization and encourage critical reflection on this important new ‘system technology’. We actively accommodate the many questions about digitalization in our research. 


  • Monday, September 4, 2023  
  • Reception 15:30 hrs.  
  • Plenary program 16:00 – 17:15 hrs. 
  • Drinks reception 17:15 – 18:30 hrs. 
  • Auditorium in Cobbenhagen building, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg.

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alexandra van huffelen

Keynote Alexandra van Huffelen

Dutch Minister for Digitalization

In the keynote, Dutch Minister for Digitalization Alexandra van Huffelen will share her thoughts on digitalization. Tilburg University is deeply honored that she has agreed to come and inspire our academic community and encourage us to play our role. Also in response to her keynote, Professor Boudewijn Haverkort will show to what extent we as an academic community address digitalization in our research.

Sabina Leonelli

Honorary doctorate

During this meeting, we will also present an honorary doctorate to Professor Sabina Leonelli of the University of Exeter. Professor Maureen Sie of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) is the honorary supervisor. The honorary doctorate will be presented to Professor Leonelli because of her academic merits, in particular in the field of the impact of Big and Open Data on research and the scientific and social implications of the implementation of Open Science. Her work connects the Humanities and Digital Sciences and is thus closely linked to the profile we pursue within our university strategy.

sabina leonelli
paulina snijders

Paulina Snijders

Farewell Vice-President Tilburg University

At the end of the meeting, Hugo Reumkens, chairman of the Board of Governors, will officially bid farewell to Paulina Snijders, Vice-President and member of the Tilburg University Executive Board. On September 1, 2023, Paulina Snijders will join the Board of Directors of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). During the reception afterwards, there will be an opportunity to say goodbye to Paulina personally and to congratulate her on her new role. If you are contemplating a farewell gift, Paulina would welcome a donation to the Movement On The Ground foundation. There will also be an opportunity to donate during the reception. 

Fransje Gimbrère

Presenting 'Physis'

Fransje Gimbrère will present a special new work of art, revealing the interconnection of our university and city with the textile industry, that has adopted early and modern forms of digitization, now and in the past.