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Fysische-geografisch veldwerk in Denekamp: The Lion Sleeps Tonight
When:15 April 2019

Jan Delvigne was al vroeg naar bed zoals altijd. Maar daar komt ie. Zachtjes gaat de deur naar de grote slaapzaal open. Een bril en baard komen de hoek om en bestuderen de stille slaapzaal. Ook daar zie ik voorpret: opgewonden fonkelen de ogen van Jan.

Home is where the family lives
When:09 April 2019

Eight years ago, ‘Professor of Moving’ Clara Mulder followed her heart and moved from Amsterdam to Groningen. A typical case of scientific theory being put into practice. ‘I research subjects that affect everyone at some point in their life: relationships, family, splitting up, moving, family formation.’ A frank discussion about the remarkable way her work is intertwined with her life, in which Mulder also debunks a popular myth.

Disaster management principles widely ignored after the L'Aquila earthquake 2009
When:04 April 2019

The major earthquake in L’Aquila, Abruzzo, happened on 6 April 2009, leaving 309 people dead. Using the disaster risk reduction (DRR) paradigm and the United Nations principles for post-disaster interventions, University of Groningen researcher Angelo Jonas Imperiale analysed the actions of the Italian civil protection agency in the aftermath of the L’Aquila earthquake. He focused on the use of a command-and-control approach, emergency powers and top-down planning. Imperiale: “We studied the immediate response, the militarization of the area, the establishment of red zones, the provision of emergency shelter and temporary housing and the utilization of disaster myths. We concluded that the Italian disaster agency resoundingly failed to observe UN principles through its use of disaster myths as a belief system and its use of a command-and-control approach and top-down planning.”

Geografie het eenmansbedrijf van professor Keuning
When:01 April 2019

In juni 2019 verschijnt het boek 'Keunings Erfenis - Beelden uit de geschiedenis van de Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen'. Het boek is geschreven door emeritus hoogleraar Piet Pellenbarg en geeft de geschiedenis weer van de Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Serious game Voorzieningen-Wijs helpt krimpregio’s prioriteiten stellen
When:19 March 2019

De Voorzieningen-Wijzer is een analoge serious game in de vorm van een spelbord op een tafel, met verschillende discussie-onderdelen rondom een topografische kaart van de specifieke casus. Zes tot tien deelnemers - werkelijke stakeholders met verschillende belangen - verkennen met behulp van spelelementen verschillende toekomstscenario’s. Bijvoorbeeld voor het in stand houden, centreren, fuseren, verplaatsen, spreiden of combineren van verschillende voorzieningen.

Lonely, but not miserable
When:12 March 2019

Loneliness among seniors in Garmerwolde

Results Keuzegids Master programmes, geography and planning masters in Groningen best in categories
When:05 March 2019

For Spatial Sciences three master's programmes achieve more than 70 out of 100 points this year: Economic Geography (74), Cultural Geography (72) and the Research Master in Spatial Sciences (74).

Space for accessibility
When:19 February 2019

How do people experience ‘het Ommeland’ (the rural area surrounding the city) and the accessibility of services in this area? How can smart and innovative mobility measures improve accessibility? These are questions on which prof. Taede Tillema wants to focus within his position as professor in Transport Geography.

Mortality forecast of Statistics Netherlands evaluated, validated and improved
When:29 January 2019

Having accurate and high-quality mortality forecasts has become increasingly important due to the general increase in life expectancy and the social consequences of this.

Eva Maersk wins ACCOMPLISSH Impact Award 2018
When:15 January 2019

PhD student Eva Maersk from the Faculty of Spatial Sciences is the winner of the ACCOMPLISSJ Impact Award 2018. She won the jury over with her 60 second video pitch about her research project ‘Young Regional Stayers’. The Impact Award was first awarded in 2016 and celebrates the impact scientific research has on societal matters. The award is part of the Horizon 2020 project ACCOMPLISSH, coordinated by Sustainable Society

Spatial Sciences Summer/Winter Course PASF expanded to Indonesia
When:10 January 2019

This week, the Faculty of Spatial Sciences delivers the short course "Pathways to Sustainable Futures: Dutch urban, environmental and transportation planning in an era of turbulence" (PASF) also for the first time in Indonesia. The annual PASF course has already been delivered at different Brazilian universities, and this week the fourth edition is delivered in Brazil at the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR).

Alcohol consumption has a major effect on European mortality rates
When:09 January 2019

The high level of alcohol consumption in Europe is a major concern for public health. Differences in alcohol consumption and drinking patterns within Europe – mainly Eastern European men are problematic drinkers – play an important role in the observed differences in mortality rates between European countries, concludes Sergi Trias Llimós.

Services welfare state not a magnet for migration within Europe
When:09 January 2019

Most EU migrants move to another country during life stages in which they are not or hardly dependent on the welfare state. Therefore, there is little evidence that the level of social services in the country of destination is an important motivation for migration between European countries. This concludes Petra de Jong in her dissertation Between Welfare and Farewell. The Role of Welfare Systems in Intra-European Migration Decisions.

New way of taking exams: first individually, then as a group
When:18 December 2018

On December 11th, students of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences were the first to take a digital two-stage exam, where students first do the test individually, then again as a group. The groups have time to discuss about the question and form the answer together.

New mastertrack Spatial Sciences: Islands and Sustainability
When:10 December 2018

From September 2019, the Faculty of Spatial Sciences offers a new master track. Islands and Sustainability is a track within the Research Master in Spatial Sciences. It combines thorough training in scientific research with a thematic specialization on Islands and Sustainability.

Masterstudent Bettina Hünteler wins NIDI-NVD Master Thesis Award
When:30 November 2018

This year’s winner is Bettina Hünteler, who’s thesis is titled ‘Spatial immobility related to the family: Do geographic proximity to the parents and intergenerational support exchange matter for migration decisions within Germany?’.

Family important in choosing place of residence
When:26 November 2018

For many people, family plays a large role in the decision of whether or not to move house within the same country. Researchers, on the other hand, often assume that jobs or training programmes are the main cause for people to move long-distance. In her Family Ties project, Clara Mulder highlights the role of family in the decision to move. This role appears to be greater than even Mulder had previously thought.

Dutch Higher Education Guide 2019: UG-programmes strong at the top
When:15 November 2018

Ten University of Groningen (UG) Bachelor’s degree programmes have been awarded the ‘Top Degree Programme’ title in this year’s Dutch Higher Education Guide (Keuzegids), placing them at the top of Dutch academic education. In the ‘Broad-based General Universities 2019’ category, the university of the north switched places with Radboud University.

The economic geography of happiness
When:09 November 2018

Does geography matter when it comes to happiness? To what extent does where we live affect how we feel and why? Economic geography professor Dimitris Ballas states that these questions have not yet received the attention that they deserve in the growing body of interdisciplinary research on the determinants of subjective happiness and wellbeing.

UG still popular with Dutch and international students
When:06 November 2018

On 1 November 2018, 31,115 students were enrolled in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes with the University of Groningen as their primary university, an increase of 4.6% compared to 2017. The total number of students enrolled at universities in the Netherlands has risen slightly more, amounting to an increase of almost 5% over 2017. The UG degree programmes at the Faculties of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering and Economics and Business are particularly popular. In addition, the new Campus Fryslân Faculty in Leeuwarden started with 40 students in September.

Elsevier magazine: the best geography programmes of the Netherlands are taught in Groningen
When:25 October 2018

Each year, Elsevier magazine publishes their Best Programmes ranking, based on surveys among students in higher education in the Netherlands. Both bachelor programmes and one of the masters of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences in Groningen rank highest in their respective categories in Geography.

Engagement of the UG in the international fulfillment of the Global Goals
When:19 October 2018

The university has made a commitment to study and research these global goals as part of its ‘sustainable society’ focal point, alongside its two other research focal points, healthy ageing and energy transition. The University encourages such research in the Netherlands and the northern provinces, as well as internationally. In fact, there is an on-going international comparative research led by the University of Groningen, on challenges of governance in Southeast Asia and national and regional approaches to the sustainable development goals.

Research should help older people with starting dementia live at home longer
When:12 October 2018

Most elderly people want to live at home independently. When elderly people lose part of their autonomy, for example in case of incipient dementia, it is important to know what their mobility and well-being is like. With this information, older people and their caregivers can monitor the suitability of their living environment. The Faculty of Spatial Sciences is starting a research funded by ZonMW into the living environment of elderly people with incipient dementia, enabling them and their caregivers to make good decisions about living independently.

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