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Programme Design Mission of Faculty of Spatial Sciences (FSS) to Yantai, China 14-17 November
When:07 December 2017

Professor Oscar Couwenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences (FSS) of the University of Groningen (UG), led a programme design mission to Yantai during 14-17 November 2017. The purpose of the mission was to design the framework of the Preparatory Programme and its follow-on Master Programme Environmental and Infrastructural Planning (EIP) for the University of Groningen Yantai (UGY). UGY is a joint initiative of the University of Groningen and China Agricultural University (CAU).

Bachelor Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning best geography bachelor according to Keuzegids
When:21 November 2017

The bachelor's degree programme in Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences in Groningen is the best Bachelor's degree programme in the category ‘Human Geography and Planning'.

University of Groningen the best broad traditional university in the Netherlands
When:15 November 2017

University of Groningen the best broad traditional university in the Netherlands

Marie Curie ITN project Resourceful Communities (RECOMS) funded by European Commission
When:30 October 2017

The Marie Curie ITN project RECOMS will be funded by the European Commission, with an evaluation score of 98.6%. Dr. Alex Franklin from the Coventry University in the UK (Lead partner) and Adj. Prof. Ina Horlings of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen wrote the proposal. The overall budget of the project is 4 million euro.

Programmes Faculty of Spatial Sciences rated top of categories by Elsevier Best Programmes 2017
When:20 October 2017

On September 28th, Elsevier Magazine published the ranking of ‘Best Programmes of 2017’ . Several programmes of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences were rated top of their categories.

Place attachment: Syrian male refugee experiences in the Northern Netherlands wins Herta Macht Thesis Prize
When:11 October 2017

Place attachment: Syrian male refugee experiences in the Northern Netherlands wins Herta Macht Thesis Prize

Sustainable Society Thesis prize awarded to research on earthquake-related issues
When:22 September 2017

Social-Spatial Planning Master’s student Marten Hoekstra won the Sustainable Society thesis prize yesterday. His thesis, ‘Groningen Sendai-gereed?’ [Is Groningen Sendai-proof?] won him the € 1000 prize. In his research he concludes that the Groningen situation can be referred to as a disaster due to the social problems as a result of earthquake-related issues.

NWO-grant for Responsive Infrastructure Through Responsive Institutions (RITRI) project
When:14 September 2017

The research proposal Responsive Infrastructure Through Responsive Institutions (RITRI) has been awarded a €500,000 grant from NWO, in cooperation with Next Generation Infrastructures.

SEA ASEAN awarded Erasmus+ grant
When:29 August 2017

The Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN) has been awarded an Eramus+ grant from the European Union as part of the BRECIL consortium to improve the capacity to conduct social science research in Southeast Asia.

Opportunities to increase home sales in Groningen earthquake zone
When:21 July 2017

A University of Groningen study into the experiences of home sellers in the earthquake zone in the north and middle of Groningen reveals that the housing market is at a stalemate. Houses have been on the market for years and are generally only sold far below the asking price. The researchers offer concrete recommendations to the National Coordinator Groningen, the province of Groningen, and the various municipalities to improve the situation: when conducting research and drawing up policies, they should take better account of the fact that the impact of the earthquakes has created a ‘closed’ housing market. In addition, they should offer support with personal advice and suitable arrangements.

Research into transferable poverty in peat district
When:12 July 2017

Professor in Rural Development Dirk Strijker and economic geographer dr. Arjen Edzes will research poverty among 12.000 families in the Veenkoloniën, the peat district that spreads through Groningen and Drenthe.

Alumnus van het Jaar Merel Rumping in Broerstraat 5
When:05 July 2017

Het julinummer van alumnimagazine Broerstraat 5 opent met een interview met Alumnus van het Jaar Merel Rumping. Zij is sociaal ondernemer en wil onderbeenprotheses voor iedereen bereikbaar maken, te beginnen in Colombia.

Health and the Built Environment: University of Groningen launches new Expertise center
When:03 July 2017

Health and the Built Environment: University of Groningen launches new Expertise center

Maximum lifespan may increase to 125 years
When:29 June 2017

The oldest person ever was the Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122. Researchers at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and the University of Groningen (UG) claim that her record will be broken this century. The results of their research are being published today in Nature. They expect the first Japanese woman to reach the age of 125 in approximately fifty years’ time. This contradicts the conclusion of American researchers, published in Nature last year, who set the maximum lifespan of humans at around 115 years.

Citizens' initiatives ask for tailored approaches and enthusiasm
When:28 June 2017

Increasingly often, citizens are willing or expected to arrange matters in the street or neighbourhood by themselves. The housing corporation or municipality is no longer automatically in the lead. It is the resident him/herself who regularly takes the reins. Researchers Ward Rauws, Ruben Bouwman and George de Kam of the University of Groningen show that there is a large variety of citizens' initiatives. In their "Wie is aan de buurt?" report, it is also clear that they share one goal: strengthening contact between residents. In addition, enthusiasm and appreciation from professionals prove to be a great support for citizens' initiatives.

Make use of diversity among the elderly when designing neighbourhoods
When:07 June 2017

Master’s students of Urban and Regional Planning at the UG have investigated how you can turn neighbourhoods into living environments that are also suitable for seniors. The test case was the Oosterpark neighbourhood in Groningen. In their report, the students advise taking into account the diversity of seniors and involving them in designing the neighbourhood.

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