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Amina Helmi appointed Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion
Posted on:26 April 2021

On 26 April, Amina Helmi (Bahia Blanca, Argentina, 1970) was appointed Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion. She is Professor of Dynamics, Structure and Formation of the Milky Way at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, which is part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Groningen. Since her arrival in Groningen in 2003, she has rapidly progressed to become one of the world’s most successful young astronomers. Her love of the stars led her to become well known the world over as the founder of and pioneer in Galactic Archaeology, the study of the origin and evolution of our own Milky Way and other galaxies in the Universe.

Bert Poolman appointed Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion
Posted on:26 April 2021

On 26 April, Bert Poolman (Avereest, 1959) was appointed Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion. He is Professor of Biochemistry and programme director of the Groningen Centre for Synthetic Biology at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen. As one of the most prominent scientists of this faculty, he shows himself to be a first-rate and passionate researcher in the field of membrane proteins. These transport proteins act as small channels that, on a nanoscale, facilitate the passive and active passage of small molecules across a membrane. He is known internationally as a creative pioneer and his excellent and pioneering research puts him among the world top in synthetic biology, a young, multidisciplinary research field in which biology, chemistry and physics come together.

Margrite Kalverboer appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau
Posted on:26 April 2021

On 26 April, Prof. Margrite Kalverboer was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. She has been at the University of Groningen since 1990, is Honorary Professor by special appointment of Pedagogy, Child Pedagogy and Orthopedagogy & Children’s Rights, and Migration Law at the Department of Pedagogical & Educational Sciences that is part of the UG’s Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. In 2016, she was appointed Children’s ombudsman in the Netherlands for a period of six years. As a champion and advocate of children, she carries out her work in an impassioned way and with huge commitment, vision and dedication, whereby the children’s interests, as laid down in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, are her guiding principle.

Jan Berend Wezeman appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau
Posted on:26 April 2021

On 26 April, Jan Berend Wezeman (Termunten, 1959) was appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. He is Professor of Commercial and Corporate Law and the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen. He is known as an experienced, decisive and amiable administrator who is always looking to connect with others. In addition to his impressive record of service as an eminent academic in the field of corporate law, he has been appointed dean for a third term: an exceptional achievement within the UG. As a scientist, instructor, administrator and individual, he is a source of inspiration for many.

Six University of Groningen researchers to be awarded Royal Decorations
Posted on:26 April 2021

Six professors nominated by the University of Groningen received royal decorations on Monday 26 April. Mayor K.F. Schuiling of the municipality of Groningen called the recipients by phone this morning to share the joyous news with them. Because the actual award ceremony for presenting the insignia is currently not possible, a celebratory ceremony will take place at a later date.

Erik Dietzenbacher appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau
Posted on:26 April 2021

On 26 April, Erik Dietzenbacher (Brunssum, 1958) was appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. He is Professor of Interindustry Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen and a scientist of huge international renown. He specializes in the study of economic relationships between economic sectors, or input-output analysis. He mainly studies how changes in the economy affect economic outcomes, for example what happens to employment as investments are made in a certain sector. These studies are undertaken on both a local and global level.

Maarten Loonen appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau
Posted on:26 April 2021

On 26 April, Maarten Loonen (Dongen, 1961) was appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. He is Associate Professor of Arctic Ecology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, and manager of the Netherlands Arctic Station on Spitsbergen. For over forty years, he has been engaged as an Arctic ecologist in top-quality research on the ecology and behaviour of barnacle geese that are breeding in the Arctic. Through this work, he gained an excellent reputation (both nationally and internationally) as a valuable Arctic researcher with an extreme amount of knowledge about this very delicate region. The detailed long-term data that he collected in the Arctic with great dedication and under complicated and often dangerous conditions are invaluable. Moreover, he has a boundless capacity for sharing his scientific passion with others, in particular with non-scientists.

Achieving more together: Joint strategy paper of the Universities of Oldenburg and Groningen
Posted on:15 April 2021

Achieving more together: Joint strategy paper of the Universities of Oldenburg and Groningen - Cooperation partners adopt new 2020-2030 Roadmap with seven core fields of collaboration

The Board of the University looks back on a year of corona crisis and forward to the future
Posted on:18 February 2021

We have now been living nearly a full year with COVID-19 and measures to tackle the pandemic. It has had an impact on all of us and on all aspects of our lives. The UG has also been working with demanding restrictions during this time. How have those restrictions affected the Board of the University of Groningen? How do they see the past year and, particularly, what perspective can they offer us for the future?

Fifteen Aletta Jacobs chairs for female academics
Posted on:06 March 2020

At the presentation of the Aletta Jacob Prize 2020 on Friday 6 March, Rector Magnificus Cisca Wijmenga announced that the University of Groningen is creating an incentive fund for the creation of fifteen new chairs, exclusively intended for female scientists. The chairs are named after the figurehead of the UG: Aletta Jacobs.

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