Deltaweek: 182nd Dies Natalis celebration

12 januari 2024 15:45 t/m 17:00 - Locatie: Aula, TU Delft | Zet in mijn agenda

Redesigning deltas is the theme for our 182nd anniversary week, culminating in our traditional Dies Natalis celebration on 12 January 2024.
For more information and details about the Delta week, please visit the website

Sea level rises and salt intrusions, an ever-growing population and planning issues, urban flooding and summer droughts: the earthโ€™s water โ€“ be it fresh or salt โ€“ is not just a lifeforce but increasingly poses threats and challenges. To keep Deltas around the world safe and livable in the future, we urgently need to rethink them, and plan and design them differently.
These complex and intertwined delta challenges can only be solved with an integrated and interdisciplinary climate adaptation approach. Already, we are joining disciplinary forces within our university, Dutch engineering alumni are renowned the world over for their knowledge on water safety and management, and we are educating future generations of engineers, instilling them with a mindset of integral thinking.
Yet much remains to be done. Our birthday celebration, including the preceding Deltaweek programme, is the perfect occasion to share best practices, hone our methods and shape our knowledge. Letโ€™s discuss the way forward.


15.30 uur: doors to the Auditorium open

15.45: start of the academic ceremony

Opening speech by Rector Magnificus prof. Tim van der Hagen

Dance performance by Xclusive Company

Dies Lecture: Redesigning deltas in the 21st century by prof. Bas Jonkman

Honorary doctorate โ€“ Henk Ovink

Honorary doctorate โ€“ Kate Orff

Musical intermezzo by Marlies Ruigrok

17.05: Closing by Rector Magnificus prof. Tim van der Hagen

17.15: Reception in the Foyer