If you look at the age of the currently active study associations at the Wageningen University, you can see that Semper Florens is one of the youngest study associations in town, but appearances can be deceiving.
The history of our study association is actually a very rich and tumultuous one. Around the time of the Second World War there were actually five plant related studies: Agriculture (Land en Weidebouw), Horticulture (Tuinbouw), Plant Breeding (Plantenveredeling), Phytopathology (Plantenziektekunde) and Tropical Agriculture (Tropische Plantenteelt) with four study associations in total. These were our association its grandparents; ‘Arvense’, ‘VWTS’, ‘Kompatibelle’ and ‘Vereniging van Studenten in de Plantenziektenkunde’. In the 90’s these associations were forced to merge into our association its parents; WSV Navantus and Optima Flora. These associations did survive the millenium, but had to merge soon after into our more familiar Semper Florens. Around a decade later StEL (Studentenoverleg Ecologische Landbouw) from the BSc and MSc Organic Agriculture gave its tasks to Semper Florens, which leaves us at the present.
15 Nov 1945
15 Apr 1947
Focus shift of Tropical Agriculture
Sicco Mansholt theme evening
Associations seperating from Arvense
In the ‘60s the university was obligated by the government to enforce student-teacher interaction. Studies also became more distinct. That mix of circumstances was the reason that many studies left our agricultural association this decade.
'Vereniging van Studenten in de Plantenziektenkunde' founded
The 'Vereniging van Studenten in de Plantenziektenkunde' (Association of Students in Crop Protection), also known as 'Vergifmenietje', was founded by several students in 1964.
Biostimulance of 'Vergifmenietje'
Kompatibelle was one of the study associations that split off of Arvense and was formed on the 13th of February 1969.
13 Feb 1969
Tropical Agriculture discontinued
In 1988, after more than 70 years of education, the study ceased to exist, because: “A relatively small amount of graduates in a time of scarcity has huge consequences”. While most studies had experienced enormous growth that decade, tropical agriculture did not share that.
'Vergifmenietje' becoming official
Budget cuts agriculture and education
Optima Flora founded
On the 25th of September 1992 Optima Flora was formed from the merge between Kompatibelle and the Vereniging van Studenten in de Plantenziektenkunde.
25 Sep 1992
27 Sep 1997
WSV Navantus founded
WSV Navantus, meaning ‘Wageningse StudieVereniging NAzaten Van Arvense eN TUinbouwkundige Studenten’ or ‘Wageningen Study Association Descendants of Arvense and VWTS’, was formed on the 27th of November 1997 after the study associations Arvense and VWTS merged. Both associations had their last General Meeting that same day.
Bert van Marrewijk becomes honorary member
23 Sep 2000
31 Oct 2000
Semper Florens founded
In 1999 the boards of WSV Navantus and Optima Flora met. They had been informed that in a few years their studies would merge again, because of a lack of students. Both WSV Navantus and Optima Flora had their last General Meeting on the 31st of October and was followed by the first general meeting of Semper Florens that same day.
Moving to the new campus
9 Jun 2009
StEL merges with Semper Florens
StEL found it hard to fill the board with only the MSc students and thus the association ceased its activities. The tasks of the association were given to Semper Florens in 2010 and MOA students first started being introduced to Semper Florens from the Winter-AID 2011 even though StEL was officially dismantled a few years later in 2016.
Current logo of Semper Florens introduced
Comic Sans was seen as an unprofessional font more and more. After the organisation of several international Comic Sans days the board decided that it was time to design a new logo. In October 2013 the new logo was presented and only one member voted against it
Semper Florens definitely does not have a simple history, but it does have a very interesting one. The almost 75 year history shows that Semper Florens, ‘plantenziekers’, ‘O.F. members’, ‘SF members’, ‘nazaten’, ‘optimaal floristen’, ‘plantjes’, or any other word people used to describe our members, have a dedication to keep this association blooming even when facing adversity. That is why this association will truly be Semper Florens!
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