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May 2019: An asparagus tour and tasting lunch

Do you enjoy asparagus?  Have you ever wondered how they are grown or how, while still under the earth, they can be cut without damaging the delicate tops?  What’s the difference between white and green asparagus?

If you would like to know the answer to these and other interesting questions and if you would like to taste really fresh asparagus, please come to our asparagus event

When: Saturday, May  4, starting at 11:30am
Where: Aspergehof Noordam, Woubrugge
Price: €37 for members & guests, €18 for children aged 5-12.

More information [here] and registration form [here]. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader Fill&Sign.

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April 2019: Visit one of the oldest deep tech A.I. firms in the Netherlands – SMR-groep

The Oxford and Cambridge Society is inviting you to a visit one of the oldest deep tech A.I. firms in the Netherlands – SMR-groep.

Join alumni from other clubs to explore the latest technology during guided and live demos and then join for a borrel and a social mixer.

When: April 24th
Where: SMR-groep, Singel 160, Amsterdam
What: Presentations, Live demos, Tour, Q&A, Borrel
Who: Alumni from Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, McGill, Fulbrighters, Ivy League Univerties, and many others

5:30pm – 6:00pm – Arrive & Gather
6:00pm – 6:20pm – Presentation of SMR-groep by Tim, CEO
6:20pm – 6:35pm – Guided Demo of DataDetective/Xbots by Pieter, Head of Consultants
6:35pm – 6:50pm – Guided Demo of FaceReader Online by Tess, Product Manager
6:50pm – 7:05pm – Q&As
7-15pm – 8:30pm – Borrel at the firm’s attic/terrace:

– Social Mixer with SMR-groep employees
– Live Demos of VicarAnalytics and FaceReader Desktop

More info:


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April 2019: StartupCommons with Ben Verwaayen – How big talks to small: (corporates and startups)

StartupCommons is honoured that Ben Verwaayen will visit us on April 16th. As founder of Keen Venture Partners, he will share his view on the David and Goliath of the business: startups and corporates. The evening is hosted by Deloitte, who will be showing us their brand new Garage. Also we will share an update and brainstorm on some of our StartupCommons initiatives (see below for a selection). For the evening we will also be joined by ‘natives’ from international innovation centers (Boston, Cambridge, etc.).

The agenda is as follows:

17:45 Open
18:00 Introduction Deloitte & the Garage
18:30 Keynote speech by Ben Verwaayen and Q&A
19:15 StartupCommons initiatives
19:30 Network drinks
20:00 End of evening

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April 2019: 165th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. The 165th race will be held this year on Sunday, April 7th with both the Women’s Boat Race and the Men’s Boat Race being rowed on the Thames. The scores since the races first began in 1829 (men) and 1927 (women) now stand at:

Men: Oxford 80 : Cambridge 83

Women: Oxford 30 : Cambridge 43

This year our traditional boat race dinner will be held at the Royal Boat Club in Heemstede.

Date: Sunday April 7th, arrival from 2:45 pm, women’s race from 3:15 pm followed by a tea break, men’s race at 4:15 pm, Society’s AGM meeting will be held from 5:15-6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm
Place: KR&ZV Het Spaarne, Marisplein 5, 2102 AC Heemstede
Price: €35 (members and first guest), €40 (all other guests)

More information [here] and registration form [here]. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader Fill&Sign.

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February 2019: Candlemas Evening

Candlemas is an evening of music, poetry, readings and other contributions from our own members. Guests will be welcomed with coffee or glühwein and you will be free to wander amongst the pianos until the programme starts! During the interval we will serve a buffet supper and drinks.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 2th, starting at 7 pm
Place: “Emilie van Leenen Piano’s”, Lammermark 59, 2312 CM, Leiden
Price: €15

More information [here].

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Elsewhere: Amsterdam Light Festival

The Columbia Club of the Netherlands is organizing a boat for the Amsterdam Light Festival on 18 January (Friday) in Amsterdam! Enjoy Amsterdam from the water and get up close to the major artworks in a comfortable and heated boat, catching up with fellow alumni. Gluhwein + other drinks (rose, white wine, beer, soda, water, warm tea) are included. The boat has a closed section with a transparent ceiling (and heated seating) and an open section. The boat cruise will take approximately 1.5 hours. For those who would like to continue, we will grab some drinks and food after – details to follow later.

Please keep in mind that the boat can accommodate a limted number of people. To secure your spot, please sign up asap. Only after receiving the payment, your seat on board is secured.

1024px-Amsterdam_Lightfestival_(132034155); Kristin Tweer [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

We look forward to enjoying the lights festival with you!

When: 18 January (Friday), 18:45. The boat will leave at 19:00 sharp.

Where: In front of the Hermitage Museum (Amstel 51). Meeting place by the “Absorbed by light” installation in front of the museum (three people looking at their cell phones).

What: Amsterdam Light Festival boat cruise

Who: Columbia, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Fulbright and McGill alumni, among others. Limited seats are available!

Costs: 22.17 euros per person

Signup: Please sign up via Eventbrite here:

Contact: Marina Leytes –

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OxCam newsletter December 2018

Dear friends and fellow alumni,

With the attached letter, we look back to the many exciting events that took place in 2018. Furthermore, please find an update on developments regarding the committee and some dates for new events in 2019.

OXCAM Newsletter December 2018

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January 2019: 2019 begins with Spring!

One of our esteemed Oxbridge members, John Macfarlane together with friends, is about to give what is probably the first public performance in the Netherlands of a romantic trio for clarinet, cello and piano by Carl Frühling.

The programme also includes a piano duet by Leo Smit and a cello quartet by Rudolf Matz.

Date: Sunday 6th January 2019
Time: 15.30
Place: Het Jagthuis, Middenweg 88, 1394 AM, Nederhorst den Berg
Entrée: € 5

See also [link].

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European elections 2019

We recently received an email from Sjors Keijzer (European Parliament, Liaison bureau in Nederland) that we would like to share:

“Dear Oxford and Cambridge Society of the Netherlands,

The European elections will take place between 23-26 May 2019; the elections in the Netherlands will be on 23 May. Non-Dutch EU citizens, such as expats, living in the Netherlands are able to vote in their own country or in the Netherlands.

In order to vote in the Netherlands, you have to register at your local municipality with the Y-32 form. The Y-32 form is available at your local municipality between 26 February 2019 and 9 April 2019. It is important that you register through this form before 9 April 2019. When registered correctly, you automatically will receive a voting pass a few days before the elections. If you are excluded from voting in your home country or in the Netherlands, you cannot participate in the elections.

How you can vote depends on the rules in your home country. You can use the website How to vote for more information or you can ask for more information about the voting progress at the government in your home country.

Maybe you think, “I already knew all of this, but my European colleague never votes, I have to tell him.” That´s great! Five years ago, the average turnout in the EU was only 42.6% and in the Netherlands even lower 37.3%. With the website, the European Parliament wants to motivate people to go to vote and help them to motivate others to do the same in order to reach a higher voting turnout. Check it out!

The European Parliament Office in The Hague organises an event on 3 December. At this event, you can share your ideas on how to increase the voter turnout and we would like to hear how we could help you! There will of course be drinks afterwards. You can register here. We hope to see you there!”

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December 2018: Christmas dinner with the Harvard Society

Dear Alumni, We proudly invite you to come to the annual Christmas dinner organised jointly with the Harvard Society.

When: Saturday, December 15th
Time: Doors open at 18:00 (there’s a bar for meeting up), dinner starts at 19:00
Where: The Lobby Hotel V, Fizeaustraat 2, 1097 SC Amsterdam
Price: €65 for for a three-course meal, two drinks and tea/coffee

Looking forward to seeing you there! For more information and registration click [here].

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