Opening academic year 2018-2019 on 25 September in Bozar from 13:30

Opening academic year 2018-2019 on 25 September in Bozar from 13:30

The beauty of science

Science is wisdom, science is power and science is beauty. That is why we put science in the spotlight of our academic opening ceremony 2018-2019. We kindly invite members of the press to this festive event on Tuesday, September 25th 2018 at 13:30 in BOZAR, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels.

A sustainable policy is one of the central ambitions at VUB. So this year too, academics and students alike will form a bicycle caravan from campus Etterbeek to BOZAR. The cyclist parade, headed by Caroline Pauwels, will leave from the rectorate building on the Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus in Etterbeek at 12:00 sharp.



  • Message from the students
  • ​Multimedial evocation of the wisdom, power and beauty of science, Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Herman Tournaye & Ann Dooms
  • Academic opening speech by Caroline Pauwels, rector VUB
  • Music by Patrick Riguelle & Jan Hautekiet
  • Dance by Michiel Vandevelde


After the academic opening ceremony our traditional drinks reception will be transformed into an open air affair at Warandepark. This time not entirely free. For the occasion, we are collaborating with several Brussels’ social economic partners that will sell drinks and food to benefit various good causes.

Zwangere Guy, Juicy and DC Salas will take care of the musical fireworks. A truly sustainable event in collaboration with KultuurKaffee, VGC, Erasmushogeschool Brussel and All in light of, the project that aims to strengthen the ties between VUB and the capital.


Please note: this year’s edition has an earlier start date than usual, at 13:30.


Contact us
Sicco Wittermans Press relations, Persrelaties VUB
Sicco Wittermans Press relations, Persrelaties VUB
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