In the olden times, previous civilizations already consumed alcoholic beverages for the purpose of joy. For instance the old Aztec civilization where people were obligated to be in a state of intoxication. If you did not consume alcohol it was seen as a preposterous insult to the gods! In the Roman civilization alcohol was also an important addition to the religious system at the time. A famous phenomenon was the bacchanalia where the romans honoured the god bacchus by drinking plenty of alcohol.
That was a short history lesson about alcohol. This long history of consumption also sparked the foundation of the BorrelCie. Alcohol bonds students, teachers and researchers. The drinks we organise often result in lengthy conversations and new friendships are often created. This is what we want to provide Semper Florens members. A meeting of plant scientists every other week whilst enjoying a cold beverage, where they can get caught up in lively conversations to commemorate experiences or any other topic. That the booze is doing most of the talking is irrelevant. It is actually beneficial for an increased creativity to warrant new experiences and come up with insightful or fun ideas that can help the student to forge a better future for him/herself.
Dylan Gramser (chairman), Laurens van Oostrom, Sebastiaan 't Hoen, Jan Zevenbergen and Jorrit Zuidgeest.