Maastricht University is making concerted efforts to increase its contribution towards a more sustainable future by way of education, research and operations. Our alumni investigations indicate that a significant proportion of our 85,000 alumni rate climate change as a critical issue and are deeply concerned about the devastation that may result for future generations if we do not act now!


With this in mind, we have decided to devote our annual UM Star Show to the topic of Climate Change. On June 8th, 2022, our President Rianne Letschert will invite a number of prominent speakers to join her on stage in MECC Maastricht. 

  • Diederik Samsom is Head of Cabinet of Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission and responsibe for the EU Green Deal. Mr. Samsom will join us online.
  • UM Alumnus Donald Pols is CEO of Milieudefensie/Environmental Defense and successfully won the climate-case proceedings against Royal Dutch Shell Corporation in 2021.
  • UM Alumnus Sander Geelen is CEO of Geelen Counterflow, worldwide market leader in counterflow dryers and coolers for feed and food products, but also owner of one of the most sustainable offices in the world. 

Maria van der Heijden, Director MVO Nederland, will host the event. The event will be livestreamed, so if you are not able to join in Maastricht, you can still join us online.


The event will take place in MECC Maastricht on June 8th from 19.30 until 20.45 CET. Before and after the event, there will be a networking opportunity on the Innovation Square, so the event doors will open at 18.30 CET and close at 22.00 CET. Entrance is free and seating is limited. 

Innovation Square
During the event, 20 innovative, inspiring entrepreneurs and startups with a focus on sustainability will have the chance to present themselves by means of a stand. Are you an entrepreneur working on a sustainable product or idea of which you think that your fellow sustainable-minded alumni need to know about? Please register for the event and indicate that you are interested in the Innovation Square.


Do you have any questions? Please contact us:

Looking forward to seeing you on the 8th of June!

UM Alumni Office


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