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Study Association

A study association is an organization run by a team of students from the respective bachelor’s and master’s degree programme(s). The FSE study associations organize many activities for students, including introductory camps and monthly “borrels” (informal social gatherings, often with drinks), but also more serious events such as company visits or conferences. Study associations differ from the general student associations where the degree programme is irrelevant. And study associations do not have hazing rituals.


Welcome to the FMF! We are the Physics and (Applied) Mathematics study association, but we’re open to members from across the FSE. We pride ourselves on being a very diverse and accepting, friendly community. Whatever your interest is, there’s often someone around who shares it! We have a cozy members’ room near the canteen where people from all stages of their studies like to grab a coffee between classes, work on homework, or just hang out, and if you have any questions about your courses there’s almost always someone in the room who can help you. Our annual Symposium is our pride and joy, and along with our magazine, “Periodiek”, helps us broaden our members’ scientific horizons. On the more social end, we enjoy a drink (especially at “kamerborrels” in our members’ room) and are also known for our board games evenings, LAN-party and our annual Integration Competition, which lets our members show off their math skills in a friendly competition with each other and with some of our favorite professors. You can find us on our website, see pictures of what we’re up to on our Instagram and Flickr, or you can also start getting to know us on our discord. We’re excited to see you in September!

T.F.V. 'Professor Francken'

T.F.V. 'Professor Francken' is the study association for Applied Physics students in Groningen. It was established in 1984 and named after the professor who brought Applied Physics to Groningen in 1962. The intention of T.F.V. 'Professor Francken' is to fulfill the interests of the growing number of Applied Physics students, but we also welcome students from related studies.

Our members’ room, often called the Franckenroom, is a popular place to be. Members can come here to have a free cup of tea or coffee, get some cheap snacks or toasties, relax between classes, get help with their homework and enjoy a game of klaverjas. Activities are organized by the committees on a regular basis ranging from social activities to career oriented activities, such as:

● Social activities (e.g. dinners, barbeques, borrels, hitchhiking etc.)

● Practice sessions and soft skill workshops

● Excursions to technical companies

● Talks by PhD students

● Symposium

We also have a committee only for first year students, to give them an opportunity to get to know each other better and organize some fun activities such as a dinner and a party.

In addition, an annual trip to a foreign country is organized by the excursion committee. During such a trip we explore foreign countries and their opportunities abroad in the field of (Applied) Physics. T.F.V. 'Professor Francken' also cooperates with other associations to set up more career oriented activities, such as the “Beta Business Days” and “Expedition strategy”, such that students can get into contact with companies and see what career opportunities they have. We also buy and sell second hand textbooks, which you can find on our website.

As you can tell, a lot is being organized for and by the members of T.F.V. 'Professor Francken'. The association is not only a great complement to your Applied Physics studies, but also a gateway to get to know other students of all years within the field. If you would like to become a member or simply want to have a free cup of tea or coffee, come by the Franckenroom in NB 5113.0002.

For more information, please visit the website of T.F.V. 'Professor Francken' and join our announcement WhatsApp group to hear about our upcoming activities.

Last modified:13 July 2023 2.05 p.m.