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Zpannend Zernike Limited: get on your bike on 3 October for a tour of science and technology
Posted on:27 September 2021

Different from previous years but still surprising, fun, healthy, and for the whole family: join Groningen’s take on this year’s national weekend of science, organized by the University of Groningen (UG) and Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Hanze UAS). Participation is free, and you can register via the website The printed cycle route, which also acts as the ticket to participating institutions on the route, will be handed out to everybody at the start location.

How sustainable is your project? You'll know in ten minutes!
Posted on:24 September 2021

Researcher Dr. Frans Sijtsma is building a tool for the province of Fyrslân which provides a sustainability check of projects that can be carried out faster and step by step. With this tool, you will have the first results about the sustainability of your project after ten minutes.

Research into how couples negotiate their individual desires to have children
Posted on:22 July 2021

Interviewing couples provides different information than conducting individual interviews. By observing the dynamics of the couple during the interview, Billie wants to better understand how these dynamics play a role in the decision whether to have children

Novel mortality forecasting technique results in higher future life expectancy values for Europe
Posted on:06 July 2021

In the recent publication in eLife , Prof. dr. Fanny Janssen (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and University of Groningen (UG)) and colleagues introduce a novel mortality forecasting technique which takes into account the impact of smoking, obesity and alcohol on mortality trends, and the mortality experience of forerunner populations.

Isti Hidayati wins 2020 Wierenga-Rengerink Thesis Prize
Posted on:29 June 2021

The Wierenga-Rengerink Prize for the UG PhD student with the best dissertation of 2020 has been awarded to Isti Hidayati for her thesis, entitled ‘Understanding mobility inequality: A socio-spatial approach to analyse transport and land use in Southeast Asian metropolitan cities’. On Thursday 1 July 2021, the researcher of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences will be awarded the prize of €7,500 for further academic development. The award ceremony will take place during the Summer Ceremony , the official end of the academic year.

Dutch Universities shine a light on essential Design Engineering Sciences sector
Posted on:24 June 2021

“Technology and Society in Equilibrium” – a new sector portrait for Design Engineering Sciences - has been presented to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The report paints a picture of this unique sector which includes the disciplines of Industrial Design Engineering, Architecture, Technology, Policy & Management.

Relatively small-scale cultural project Gronings Vuur achieves significant results
Posted on:24 June 2021

From September 2019 to the end of 2020, cultural project Gronings Vuur, commissioned by the Province of Groningen, travelled through Groningen’s rural municipalities. UG researcher Gwenda van der Vaart followed the project closely, and researched the effects.

Mapping favouritism at the Eurovision Song Contest: does it impact the results?
Posted on:17 May 2021

Ever since the Eurovision Song Contest exists, there are suspicions that the voting is politically biased. Based on the most recent 45 editions, this paper maps out which participating countries can count on each other's sympathy and which cannot. Although there are clear preferences between countries, political voting rarely determines the overall result and the best entry wins. Corrected for favouritism, Sweden is the most successful country and 'Save your Kisses for me' is the 'best' song since 1975.

‘Give people with dementia more freedom to organize their own social lives’
Posted on:10 May 2021

Older people with memory problems who live at home are extraordinarily resourceful when it comes to staying in control of their activities outside the home. Demographers Jodi Sturge and Mirjam Klaassens are certainly impressed. ‘It’s not about whether these people can do more than we think, but rather they can do more than we allow them to. The stigma of dementia is their biggest problem.’

Human Geography and Planning students win Citizen Climate Adaptation Awards
Posted on:29 April 2021

A team of students from the bachelor in Human Geography and Planning - Filip Jankowski, Paolo Parboni and Anthony Simpatico – won the 1st prize in the second age category (19-24) of the Citizen Climate Adaptation Awards.

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