The first PhD party in Wageningen history took place at Ceres on Friday 19 October. All cultures present at doctoral level turned up, and there was even a swinging, singing dean.
The evening started with an international buffet including curry, stamppot and noodles. De Bruin: ‘There was more demand for the supper than we could deal with: we had 150 places and they were all taken really quickly. Next time we’ll make sure there’s room for more eaters.'
Also present was the dean of the graduate schools Frans Kok: ‘We should show our PhD students more often that we are proud of them, because they are doing very well. PhD students are our showpiece and management does not always give them the recognition they deserve. ’
The evening continued with a cabaret act. Judging from the sweat on the artistes’ brows, it was the first time they had performed for such an international and science-oriented audience, probably not the easiest public for beginners. If the laughter was anything to go by though, they didn’t do badly. Then it was the turn of the dean and onetime disc jockey Frans Kok to sing a few golden oldies, after which the serious party animals got down to partying until the small hours.