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91st Dies Natalis: Go Beyond Borders

This year, Tilburg University celebrated its 91st anniversary, its Dies Natalis. Today, the ceremony took place in the auditorium of the Cobbenhagen building. This year's theme was interdisciplinarity.

Go Beyond Borders

Our society today is facing complex challenges. Think of issues like the climate crisis, mass migration, or how to deal with big data. To tackle these problems, we need to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, in science as well as in actual practice. Interdisciplinarity, bringing together different approaches, yields added value. In addition to keynotes and the presentation of honorary doctorates, the ceremony also included a musical composition on the theme of interdisciplinarity, written and performed especially for our university by top musicians.

Program (15:30 - 17:00 hrs.)

  • Prof. Emile Aarts, Rector Magnificus
  • Prof.┬áTon Wilthagen
  • Prof. Erik Borgman
  • The Interdisciplinarity Quintet
  • Presentation dissertation prize
  • Presentation of Honorary Doctorates
    • Prof. Lars Peter Hansen (University of Chicago, Chicago)
    • Prof. Julia Hirschberg (Columbia University, New York

Time for Interdisciplinarity

Listen to a preview of the musical composition:



When: 15 November 2018 00:00

End date: 15 November 2018 00:00

Where: Cobbenhagen building