Utrecht University organises numerous cultural, academic and scientific activities and events. Art, culture, music, symposia, lectures, debates and much more contribute to general knowledge and stimulate different ways of thinking about ourselves and society: in other words, science and culture reinforce each other. The various activities and the characteristic buildings where they are held add colour to this cathedral city.

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Utrecht University considers attaches great value to sport. It brings people together, and helps maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind. Sport and exercise also contribute to a positive study and working environment. Utrecht University sees the unifying power of sport, education and research as one of the cohesive factors in society that enable everyone within it to develop – professionally, socially and in the field of education and sport. This is why Utrecht University actively makes an effort to place sport increasingly on the agenda.

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E.g., 08/18/2017
Saturday 22 April 2017 10:00 to Tuesday 22 August 2017 16:30
The members of the Dutch Association of Botanic Gardens present the most interesting plants from their collections in the exhibition “Crown Jewels”.
Thursday 1 June 2017 10:00 to Friday 15 September 2017 16:30
Everyone is very welcome to admire our beautiful tropical butterflies in the Butterfly Greenhouse.
Saturday 2 September 2017 10:00 to 16:30
Today, you can enjoy and buy autumn blooming alpines, and special botanic bulbs. Plant them in your garden directly to be sure of a colourful spring!
Thursday 7 September 2017 17:30 to 18:15
Innovation scientist Dr Frank van Rijnsoever assesses geo-engineering technologies. How do we gather support for these shortcuts to stop global warming?
Thursday 14 September 2017 17:30 to 18:15
Plant pathologist Dr Ronnie de Jonge tries to create super crops by boosting their defense mechanisms. Do we need this technology to feed future generations?