A collection of facts and figures on various public activities and initiatives at Utrecht University.
In 2021, 1,200 questions were collected for the Utrecht Research Agenda over the course of various lustrum activities.
A selection of 553 questions were asked in the programme A word about tomorrow, held in 7 district libraries in the city of Utrecht.
Since 2017, 58 researchers received a donation from the Public Engagement Seed Fund to develop a public activity; in 2021, this involved 11 researchers.
The youngest visitor to the 2021 Betweter Festival was 17; the oldest visitor was 73. The festival was completely sold out, drawing 2,000 visitors.
To attract a more diverse audience, 183 tickets were gifted this year during Operatie Breinbreker via partners such as Taal Doet Meer, Het Vergeten Kind, Welkom in Utrecht and Jeugdfonds Sport en Cultuur.
In 2021, the Centre for Science and Culture cooperated with 542 researchers.
Over 1,670 former lab animals have already been adopted rather than euthanised, thanks in part to cooperation between Animal Rights, the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals and Utrecht University. They include 419 mice, 958 rats, 277 chickens, 5 goats, 6 hamsters, 10 zebra finches, 1 python and 1 iguana.
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This article also appears in the second edition of the magazine Close-up, full of inspiring columns, background stories and experiences of researchers and support staff.