College Tour with Marion Koopmans


Marion Koopmans became a well-known Dutch celebrity overnight. Since the emergence of COVID, it is impossible to imagine her out of the public debate and she appears weekly in newspapers and radio and television programmes. This year, Marion Koopmans has been awarded Utrecht University's Alumnus of the Year 2021! It is therefore time to invite her to the annual College Tour on Thursday 6 October 2022.

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Livestream College Tour with Marion Koopmans

Impact and a public debate

Alumnus of the year Marion Koopmans studied veterinary medicine in Utrecht and completed her studies in 1976. She is the world's leading researcher on the spread of viruses. As a member of the Dutch Outbreak Management Team (OMT) and of the World Health Organisation (WHO) research team, she plays a crucial role in combating the coronapandemic. 

She is characterised by her enormous drive to ensure that research results are applied. As a member of the OMT, Marion Koopmans expressly participates in the public debate. In one fell swoop she became a Dutch celebrity. She directly experienced the friction that exists between politics and science. Despite the intimidation she faced, she consciously continued to fulfil this role and entered into dialogue with unflagging energy, also on social media and through frequent appearances on television and radio programmes.

College Tour

On Thursday 6 October from 17:00, students, alumni and employees, moderated by Sicco de Knecht, will talk to Marion Koopmans. How did she experience her student years in Utrecht? Where does her fascination for viruses come from? And what is it like to be a public figure during a pandemic that has such a big impact? Curious about these answers? The College Tour will be available online via UU's YouTube channel. Students can register and submit a question starting today.

Alumnus of the Year award

With its Alumnus of the Year award, Utrecht University (UU) highlights the fact that alumni are an important and integral part of the academic community, since it seeks solutions to today’s challenges together with its students, academics, alumni and social partners, as well as with government and the business world. An Alumnus of the Year is someone bringing progress to their area of expertise, daring to break new ground, someone concerned and engaged with society and a source of inspiration for the students of today. Previous winners of the Alumnus of the Year award were Marjan Minnesma, Feike Sijbesma, Cathelijne Broers, Jan Beuving and Rutger Bregman.

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Please note: this event can be attended exclusively by UU students, alumni and employees. The College Tour can be followed by everyone via the UU YouTube channel. 

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