Petrus Camper Festival

The Petrus Camper Festival is the final activity of Honours College students before graduation and will take place on the 24th of June.  The Petrus Camper Track is part of the bachelor programme of the Honours College. The track is organized to teach students to approach current scientific and scoial problems from different perspectives and translate it into a vision for the future. For the Petrus Camper Festival, the students have to prepare a webpage or virtual activity in which they give you insights into their final research projects for the Honours Programme.

Where does the Petrus Camper Festival come from?

The name of the festival is dedicated to professor Petrus Camper (1722-1789), a medical man at the University of Groningen since 1763. Petrus Camper was born in 1722 in Leiden and he was a son of a learned and rich preacher. His interests were in: architecture, drawing, furniture making and mathematics. He studied at the University of Leiden where he received a broad scientific education. After a scientific journey through England and France, Camper became a professor by the University of Franeker in 1749. From 1756 Camper taught in Amsterdam and in 1763 he moved to Groningen where he became professor of theoretical medicine, anatomy, surgery and botany. He tried, just as he did in Amsterdam and Franeker, to give his students the best possible education. 

He was known as an outstanding orator who was able to explain things in a clear and enjoyable manner. He supported his lectures with practical and drawings, which he made himself. During his professorship in Groningen, the number of students was three times higher than in the previous years.

Conforming to prof. Petrus Camper, the festival will try to explain current societal issues in a clear and enjoyable manner. Students of the Honours College finish their Bachelor program with the activities they present on the festival. The event shows how students and professors cooperate and how this result in a memorable afternoon.

The Petrus Camper Festival and the Corona Virus.

Previous years, the Petrus Camper Festival took place in the Academy building and all students organized a festive activity in one of the rooms. Unfortunately, this year we are dealing with a different reality.  Students could no longer go to lecutures, faculties shifted their education online and events are cancelled. The effects of these measures are enormous and we are truely impressed by the way the students adapted to the new siutation. Students came up with new ideas to present their findings in an online environment and managed to keep in touch with each other via online platforms. This effort made it possible to continue with the 8th edition of the Petrus Camper Festival and this is definitely something to be proud of!