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405th anniversary: the highlights

Looking back on the 405th anniversary of the University of Groningen.

Wednesday 5 June

Opening of the University Museum

The UG started its 405th anniversary celebrations on Wednesday with the festive opening of the recently reorganized University Museum. It was a small festival, at which some two hundred and fifty guests admired the fabulous new anniversary exhibition entitled ‘Dead Zoo’, and another two rooms with new presentations.

Thursday 6 June

Conference 'Growing together: Celebrating diversity and fostering inclusion' Day 1

An international scientific conference in the Academy building.

Rosalind Franklin Fellow-event

The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is primarily directed at ambitious women in academia, research institutes or industry who have a PhD and aim for a career towards full professorship in a European top research university. On 6 June, the 100th Rosalind Franklin Fellow was installed.

Friday 7 June

Conference 'Growing together: Celebrating diversity and fostering inclusion' Day 2

An international scientific conference in the Academy building.

The Great Grunneger Cake-off

Sixteen colourful cakes adorned the Academieplein on Friday afternoon. Several students and staff members had baked an ‘all-inclusive’ cake to mark the occasion of the UG’s anniversary. Student Jasper Hidding won the baking competition. ‘The ultimate anniversary cake’, commented chair of the jury Sarena Solari, who was very enthusiastic about the taste and look of the cake. ‘A very light and creamy butter cake, that is difficult to get exactly right.’

Premiere Totally Shifted

The Grand Theatre is being converted into a 360-degree panorama: in an exuberant 60-minute comedy, the city unfolds all its nocturnal mysteries. ‘Totally Shifted’ shows us the nightly, surrealistic ramble of an old, slightly embittered professor, who, estranged from ordinary life, resolves to taste the nightlife and has adventures that he never dreamed could happen, which he survives penniless and totally isolated.

Saturday 8 June

Night of Arts and Science

The entire city centre of Groningen was bustling with activity. Visitors were able to enjoy more than 150 acts, including scientific experiments and demonstrations, lectures on inclusivity, debates, workshops, street theatre, cabaret and music.

Tuesday 11 June

Pint of Science

An interesting lecture in your own local pub, which lasts about one beer long. That was the scientific pub crawl, called the Pint of Science. 15 Study associations were organizing short lectures in different pubs in the city centre of Groningen.

Wednesday 12 June

Gerrit Krol Award

The Language Centre issued the first academic essay competition. Zito Ysenbaert was the winner of the first Gerrit Krol Award. (Note: Dutch only)

University quiz and sports event

For the first time in 405 years, the University is organizing a combined sports and quiz event – a meeting of muscles and brains.

Thursday 13 June

Now this is what I call a gala!

Not your traditional gala. We will turn this gala into one big party for students, staff and Stadjers (inhabitants of Groningen). The opener of the ball is Dutch celebrity and gay icon Gerard Joling.

Friday 14 June

Honorary doctorates

Professor Titia de Lange and Dr Philipp Blom have been awarded Honorary Doctorates.
Professor Elmer Sterken bid farewell as Rector of the University of Groningen.

Highlights in four minutes

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