Download the pictures taken at the Dies Natalis on 10 January 2014.

172nd Dies Natalis, 10 January 2014

Safety matters!


The celebration of the 172nd Dies Natalis took place on 10 January 2014 at the TU Delft Aula Conference Centre. 

Safe as houses

We feel safe in our homes and communities, secure in the knowledge that should anything happen, excellent emergency services are just a phone call away. Not that we need them, surrounded as we are by security systems, protected by dams and dikes, and cared for by public services from cradle to grave. We are safe as houses. Or are we? For computer systems can be hacked, and governments overthrown; dikes can fail, and banks founder. New high-tech industry brings new prosperity, but also carries new risks. What if biotech turns biohazard or robotics run amok? Is our safety just an illusion, or can technology offer us solutions?


  • Opening
    Professor Karel Luyben, Rector Magnificus TU Delft
    "A safe and secure university". Click here for the speech.
  • Foundation Day Lecture
    Professor Pieter van Gelder, professor of Safety Science at the faculty
    of Technology, Policy and Management
    "Safety matters". Click here for the speech.
  • Musical interlude
  • Honorary doctorates

    • Professor Dirk Helbing, professor of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
      Honorary promotors:
      Professor Jeroen van den Hoven - Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
      Professor Serge Hoogendoorn - Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

    • Deborah Hersman, M.S., Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Washington, USA
      Honorary promotors:
      Professor Rinze Benedictus - Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
      Professor Richard Curran - Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
  • Dirk Jan van den Berg, President of the Executive Board
    On education and learning. Click here for the speech.
  • Conclusion of the official proceedings by the Rector Magnificus
  • Reception (Foyer, 1st floor)

Naam auteur: webredactie
© 2014 TU Delft