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Donders Open Day, October 1

Date of news: 21 September 2022

Open Huis 1 oktober 2022

The Donders Institute and the Faculty of Science open their doors on October 1. During this day you can learn about the stress and fears André Kuipers experienced in space and what experiments and drills he performed in the ISS station. Or would you like to take part in one of our experiments, take a tour through our laboratories. We also have a variety of children activities.

The program consists of more than 30 activities such as lectures, demonstrations and experiments, children's activities and tours. The open day starts at 11:00 and lasts until 16:00. Please note: all activities on this day will be in Dutch.


Be inspired by our researchers and astronaut André Kuipers sharing their research and experiences. At 11:30 André Kuipers will kick off with a lecture in which he explains what space travel does to body and mind. Below you can find the lecture programme:

  • 11:30 - André Kuipers, influence of space travel on body and mind
  • 12:50 - Boris Konrad, memory training
  • 13:40 - Esther Aarts, you are what you eat
  • 14:30 - Boris Konrad, memory training
  • 15:20 - Esther Aarts, you are what you eat

Activities for children

There is plenty to do for the youngest aspiring researchers. For example, they can make a DNA bracelet and there is a children's activity in which they learn how brain cells talk to each other.

Experiences, demonstrations and tours

Our researchers are happy to show their research through various experiments and demonstrations. Always wondered how it feels to be inside a MRI scanner? Can you distinguish 3D printed brains from animals and humans? Are you curious about what our laboratories look like?

You can experience these demonstrations and much more during this day.

Pub Quiz

During the open day we organize a pub quiz in the canteen. We like to test what you have learned from the brain in a real pub quiz and of course there is also something to win.

Practical info

All activities on our open day are in Dutch. The open day starts at 11:00 and lasts until 16:00. No registration is required and entry is free. The location is the Trigon building, Kapittelweg 29 in Nijmegen.

Together with the Donders Institute the Radboud Faculty of Science will also open its doors on this day. Some of our researchers are present in the Huygens building. More information about the full programme can be found on the Open House page.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at this day!