For the first time in over twenty years, the Erasmus University will open campus Woudestein up to the public. During the Open Campus Festival on Saturday May 24th, everybody can visit mini-lectures and look around on campus. The festival is being held on the occasion of the one hundred year anniversary of the EUR.
The idea is that outsiders (from the average Rotterdammer to students’ parents) actually have no idea of what happens there so far in Kralingen in all those large buildings. That’s why more than hundred scientists, support staff and students will hold lectures, workshops and tours. Most talks by scientists will be suited for children from eight years old. The topics range from: how does a judge punish children to a workshop on entrepreneurship, but a visit to the book robot of the University Library and speed-dating with security guard Rinus will also feature on the program.
A bit strange are the Generation Games that will simultaneously be held on campus. This event will let participants from different generations compete against each other in the area of sports. This event would initially take place a week before the Open Campus Festival on Woudestein, but because both activities focus on the general public in and around Rotterdam, it was decided to hold both events at the same time.
The organisation hopes to see some thousand visitors at the festival. All activities are free of charge. If it proves a success, the science festival might get a sequel. WG
Check out the entire program at www.eur.nl/opencampus