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2018: Crossing Borders

The Proverbs Project

The Dutch language features a rich collection of proverbs, such as “Al is de leugen nog zo snel, de waarheid achterhaalt hem wel” and “Zoals de waard is vertrouwt hij zijn gasten”. Proverbs capture folk wisdom, and have been around for ages. But can we still trust them today?

The “proverbs” book aims to find out. Young researchers, applying state of the art knowledge of their respective disciplines, will discuss the validity of specific proverbs. For instance, social geographer Sander van der Laanen evaluated the proverb “Wie voor een dubbeltje geboren wordt, wordt nooit een kwartje”, and Nanna Hilton & Saskia Peels used the proverb “Een goed verstaander heeft aan een half woord genoeg” to explain how humans process language.

Up to now, we have been able to secure 12 draft chapters from researchers spanning various faculties of the UG. Another 8 chapters are planned. The YAG new members are currently in the process of writing additional chapters, inviting more authors, and editing so we can present the book during the Weekend van de Wetenschap 2019.

Ferris wheel

Science is so much fun! Why not share your excellent research in a exciting manner. How? Jump in a Ferris wheel and meet the scientist!

Our goal is to offer researchers a channel and platform to personally present their respective scientific discipline to a non-academic audience. To do so, we will offer early career researchers a training course on how to pitch their science in a vidid and gripping fashion, and of course how to do all of this in one ride on the Ferris wheel. The training will provide the researchers with a short pitch on their research, which can also be recorded and for instance posted on social media. We want to be as inclusive as possible therefore the training will be provided in English.

The Young Academy Groningen ECR lunch on April 10th 2019 will be dedicated to this training.

The aim to feature the first rides in the "Ferris Wheel of Science" during Noorderzon 2019.

2017: Opening Up Academia

The yearly project from the year group 2017 focuses on “Opening up Academia”. In our project, we will explore ways in which we can improve communication and foster collaboration among researchers, between academia and industry, and between academia and society.

A first way in which we hope to “open up academia” is by focusing on how researchers can be more transparent in their workings to improve reproducibility. This also includes finding ways to increase viewpoint diversity within the academic world.

A second way to “open up academia” is to focus on the communication between academia and the industry. How can businesses and scientists mutually benefit each other, and what are the tools needed to make such partnerships fruitful?

A third way to “open up academia” is to showcase the entire scientific process to the general public by means of exhibitions, visual arts, dance, and theater. These will showcase that the scientific process includes many failures that precede success, and that creativity is always a driving force

Opening Up Science
Opening Up Science

2016: Talent Development

The yearly project from the year group 2017 focuses on "Talent Development". In this project, the YAG will organise a series of lunches for Early Career Researchers. We will invite inspiring speakers and have open discussions with those present.

The goal of these lunches is to form a basis to build up our peer network together and to improve the quality of science in the long term for all Early Career Researchers and the University of Groningen.

Find out more here.

Early Career Research Lunch
Early Career Research Lunch
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