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Prestigious EIT label for International Master in Innovative Medicine
When:20 December 2016

The European Institute of Technology (EIT) has awarded the master programme International Master in Innovative Medicine (IMIM) an EIT Label.

Christmas and the meaning of church music
When:14 December 2016

Church music has always played an important role around Christmas. Hymnologist Jan Luth studies how church music touches the listeners, and what role it plays.

Nobel Prize Award Ceremony for Ben Feringa
When:08 December 2016

On Saturday 10 December, Professor Ben Feringa will receive the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The Award Ceremony is being held in Stockholm, Sweden, and will be streamed live via the UG website. There will be a link to the livestream on the UG homepage on 10 December from 4.30 p.m. CET. Feringa’s Nobel Lecture will also be broadcast live on 8 December from 11 a.m. CET.

Stress influences the performance of athletes
When:07 December 2016

The performance of team athletes is not only determined by training, but also by psychosocial stress factors. This also applies to the risk of injury. This has been revealed by research conducted by PhD candidate Henrike van der Does (UMCG/UG).

Looking back on the Nobel lecture: Ben Feringa made an Honorary Citizen of Groningen
When:01 December 2016

In a packed Martinikerk on Wednesday afternoon, Ben Feringa gave a captivating lecture on the development of molecular machines.In these beautiful surroundings, Professor Feringa spoke about the long road to the first nanocar, and the new vistas that have opened up after such a breakthrough. The Nobel Laureate was made an Honorary Citizen of Groningen by Mayor Den Oudsten. In addition, Feringa's research group was awarded the city's Medal of Honour.

Ben Feringa's nanocar on the Grote Markt
When:30 November 2016

Since Wednesday morning, Groningen city centre has a new eye-catcher: a giant nanocar. The giant nanocar is a tribute to Ben Feringa, and is the result of a collaborative effort between the City of Groningen and Marketing Groningen with the UG.

Fish thrive in the right kind of light
When:30 November 2016

Light plays an important role in the evolution of fish. That is one of the findings of recent research conducted by biologist Martine Maan. She studies the development of two species of fish that live in different light conditions, and discovered that the light conditions have a strong impact on the evolution of the species.

War on Drugs: shutting down drug dens and homes
When:23 November 2016

L awyer Michelle Bruijn researches the pros and cons of closing premises due to drugs nuisance. Her research reveals that civilians have less success in a legal appeal against this decision if it concerns hard drugs, and that home owners have more success than the owners of coffee shops.

Ben Feringa has been appointed Commander in the Order of the Netherlands Lion
When:23 November 2016

Today Nobel Prize laureate Ben Feringa received a Royal decoration from M. Bussemaker, minister of Education, Culture and Sciences. Feringa has been appointed Commander in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, an extremely rare honour. The ceremony took place at the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

New European university network ‘The Guild’ established
When:21 November 2016

As of today, eighteen universities in twelve European countries are officially associated in a new university network: The Guild. The network unites European universities that demonstrate excellent achievements in teaching, research and policymaking. The University of Groningen is one of the participating universities.

New University of Groningen building named after Nobel Prize laureate Ben Feringa
When:18 November 2016

The new Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences building of the University of Groningen is being renamed the Feringa Building. Last month, University of Groningen professor Ben Feringa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of the molecular motor.

New I Shop has been opened
When:16 November 2016

The University of Groningen has started an I Shop in the heart of the academic district. Students, staff and other visitors can come to the I Shop for career services, University merchandise and clothing, printing and copying services and ‘what & where questions’.

Nine top degree programmes, best traditional, general university
When:15 November 2016

Nine University of Groningen Bachelor’s degree programmes have been awarded the ‘Top Degree Programme’ quality label in this year’s Keuzegids Universiteiten (Guide to Dutch Universities). In the list of Best Universities, the University of Groningen is in joint first place in the category ‘Broad-Based General Universities’.

UG welcomes Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata
When:14 November 2016

Inomata opened the ‘Seminar on Regional Security and Cooperation in East Asia, perspectives on the role of Japan’ this morning, which is organized by Globalisation Studies Groningen, the Centre for East Asian Studies and the Centre for Japan Studies of the University.

Max van den Berg appointed Honorary Professor of Global Governance and Sustainable Livelihood
When:10 November 2016

Van den Berg will devote one day a week to his new unpaid position, which is embedded in the interdisciplinary Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) institute.

Conference in Yantai
When:10 November 2016

Twenty-five members of staff from the University of Groningen attended a conference in Yantai, China from 17 to 19 September, as did staff from its partner China Agricultural University (CAU). Their aim was to make detailed plans and reach further agreements on the foundation of the University of Groningen Yantai (UGY).

‘Dietary advice too strongly based on health message’
When:09 November 2016

Dietary advice often focuses strongly on medical aspects and pays too little attention to the question whether the food choices that people make will actually make them happy, says Sanne Visser. She will be awarded a PhD on 17 November for her research on the food choices made by families in East Groningen and the role food plays in the region.

University of Groningen to host duel for draughts world championship
When:07 November 2016

Early December will see the University of Groningen host the first stage of a battle between Jan Groenendijk (18) from Wageningen and physics student from the University of Groningen Roel Boomstra (23) for the draughts world title. The festive opening will be held in the Academy Building on 2 December, and the first four matches will be played in the Van Swinderen Huys from 3 to 6 December.

Waarom ieder afweersysteem anders is
When:04 November 2016

Een griepje duikt meestal op in de winter en vrouwen hebben sneller last van auto-immuunziekten. Hoe die verschillen in afweerreacties ontstaan, onderzoeken wetenschappers van het Radboudumc samen met collega’s van het UMCG en het Broad Institute van MIT en Harvard in het omvangrijke Human Functional Genomics Project. Vandaag verschijnen de eerste drie publicaties in Cell, één in Cell Host & Microbe en één in Cell Reports.

US presidential elections: increase in anti-Latino racism
When:02 November 2016

Anne M. Martínez is a specialist on relations between the US and Mexico . These relations, the border between both countries, and the immigration of Mexicans and Central Americans to the US are paid a lot of attention nowadays. The US presidential candidate Donald Trump has made some very damaging remarks in his campaign.

iGEM-team wins Gold Medal and 1st place
When:02 November 2016

at international competition in synthetic biology (MIT, Boston).

Quality of teaching receives positive assessment:
When:02 November 2016

The quality of teaching at the University of Groningen has received a great boost thanks to measures which the UG implemented after reaching agreements on quality with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The review committee which assessed the implementation of the measures was impressed: ‘ a beautiful achievement.’ All aspects of the UG were assessed as positive by the committee.

In terms of quality, excellence and study success the UG scored very highly.

New app provides up-to-date information about sustainable energy production in the Netherlands
When:01 November 2016

Information on the production of sustainable energy is now available in real time at a single location. The website shows exactly how much wind, solar and biogas energy is being produced in the Netherlands at any specific moment in time. The information can be viewed on a PC, tablet or smartphone via a web application that was co-created by the University of Groningen Geo Services. TenneT, Netbeheer Nederland, Gasunie New Energy and Entrance presented the app to Ed Nijpels, chair of the Borgingscommissie Energieakkoord [energy agreement quality control committee], today.

Sweet on sugars and research
When:26 October 2016

Marthe Walvoort, Assistant Professor of Chemical Biology, received a Veni grant from NWO this summer. Walvoort studies sugars, a topic that has thus far not received a lot of attention but which can play an important role in our health. Her aim is to synthesize the good sugars that appear in breast milk and combat the sugars in pathogenic bacteria.

Mathematical model could help judges marshal their thoughts
When:20 October 2016

Different types of evidence often pass the review during a court case. But how do judges balance ‘hard’ data, for example the chances that the DNA trace comes from the suspect, against witness statements? Mathematician Charlotte Vlek has developed a solution, but not one that can be used in every case. She will defend her thesis, written for the Department of Artificial Intelligence of the UG, on 28 October 2016.

Rapper 2Pac played with his accent to create a new identity
When:19 October 2016

Linguist Steven Gilbers is researching 2Pac’s changing accent. He is examining how 2Pac's accent reflects his new identity and how accent changes can be linked to biographical data. An accent turns out to be something that you can control, but never copy exactly.

UG observes rules in PhD Scholarship experiment
When:18 October 2016

On 1 September, the UG started the experiment which aims to attract PhD scholarship students in addition to the existing group of PhD students on a contract. The scholarship students form an entirely new category of students who write their own proposals, pursue specifically targeted degree programmes and find their own supervisors. PhD scholarship students receive an attractive scholarship during the experiment, which makes the experiment a great opportunity for starting PhD students. By now, over one hundred PhD scholarship students have started their PhD programme at the UG as part of this experiment.

University of Groningen given leading role in EU-China collaboration in higher education
When:17 October 2016

The modernization of higher education degree programmes is not only high on the political agenda in Europe (the ‘Bologna Process’), but also in China. The Chinese consider it vital to align the programmes on offer with the needs of society. The globally operating International Tuning Academy (working under the auspices of the University of Groningen) and the Chinese Ministry for Education have joined forces to address this problem.

Robots as problem-solvers in production lines
When:12 October 2016

Professor of Artificial Intelligence Lambert Schomaker is working with industry on an intelligent system, whereby robots locate and resolve problems in a production line. The current operator who knows how to resolve problems will then get a new role as ‘robot trainer'.

Celebration ceremony for Nobel Prize winner Feringa
When:06 October 2016

Watch the celebration ceremony for Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa yesterday afternoon.

Fascinating stories by Groningen biologists in book by Monica Wesseling
When:05 October 2016

Researchers from the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) at the University of Groningen have told their stories to nature journalist and writer Monica Wesseling, who has collected their research results in the book Waarom spreeuwen bloemen plukken en trillende muizen slimmer zijn (Why starlings pick flowers and trembling mice are smarter).

Electrically powered nanovehicle
When:05 October 2016

The weekly online video magazine Unifocus highlights topics related to the University of Groningen in the fields of research and society, student life, teaching, policy and internationalization.

Terp dwellers had a varied menu
When:28 September 2016

Terp dwellers had a much more varied menu than has been assumed for decades, and they were perfectly able to grow their own crops, says Mans Schepers, archaeologist at the University of Groningen. Schepers conducts research on arable farming near terps.

University of Groningen Language & Culture Symposium, 7 November 2016 Kapteynborg Landleven 12, 9747 AD Groningen
When:21 September 2016

University of Groningen Language & Culture Symposium

Students send secure messages via bacteria
When:21 September 2016

A team of University of Groningen students has altered a bacterium in such a way that it can serve as a storage medium for data and can even send a message. This type of data transfer, known as bio-encryption, is regarded as a future way of securely storing and exchanging millions of gigabytes of data. The students and their invention will be participating in the worldwide iGEM competition in Boston in late October.

Why bacteria fall asleep
When:21 September 2016

Bacteria are survivalists that can withstand an antibiotic onslaught. Some survive because they carry antibiotic resistance genes, whereas others – the persisters – retreat into a dormant state that makes them tolerant to antibiotics. Little was known about these dormant bacteria, but scientists from the University of Groningen and the University of Basel have now managed to characterize them. Their results were published in the open access Molecular Systems Biology journal on 20 September.

Zpannend Zernike: science festival for young and old
When:21 September 2016

Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 October is the Weekend of Science, in The Netherlands. Groningen has a varied programme known as Zpannend Zernike.

Joint initiative to increase accommodation supply for international students
When:19 September 2016

The Municipality of Groningen, the University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Lefier, Grobos, Contractus and the Groningen Student Union have joined forces to increase the supply of accommodation in Groningen for international students. The municipal workgroup Jongerenhuisvesting discussed the shortage of accommodation for international students last Thursday. It wants to ensure that new international students can find a room quickly at the start of the next academic year (2017/2018).

Three ERC Starting Grants for UMCG researchers
When:15 September 2016

Three researchers from the University Medical Center Groningen have been awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The Starting Grant is a personal grant worth EUR 1.5 million, intended to allow talented young researchers to spend five years on their research.

Teachers possibly under-equipped for addressing bullying
When:14 September 2016

PhD fellow Beau Oldenburg studies the role of the teacher in countering bullying. Her findings show that the group of teachers studied was not always sufficiently equipped to tackle bullying.

UG amends BSA regulations
When:12 September 2016

The University of Groningen has amended the BSA regulations. The requirement that students gain their propaedeutic certificate by the end of their second year has been withdrawn definitively.

The potato - from tuber to seed
When:07 September 2016

The potato is one of the most important food crops in the world, but is difficult and slow to improve through breeding. However, there is a method that can speed this up, and which makes new varieties available in seed form. But what are the consequences of this? Sjaak Swart of the UG is investigating this.

Thom Palstra appointed as Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente
When:06 September 2016

As of 25 November Thom Palstra, Professor Solid State Chemistry at the University of Groningen, will be appointed as the new Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente. He will succeed professor Ed Brinksma.

Iris Vis appointed as Dean of Industry Relations
When:05 September 2016

On 1 September, Prof. Iris Vis was appointed as Dean of Industry Relations at the University of Groningen (UG). By appointing Prof. Vis, who is also a full professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business, the UG intends to strengthen and develop its existing relationship with industry.

First Chair in Chinese at University of Groningen for Oliver Moore
When:01 September 2016

The University of Groningen has appointed British sinologist Oliver Moore to the Chair in Chinese Culture and Language at the Faculty of Arts as of 1 September 2016. Thus, the UG becomes the second Dutch university to offer a programme in Chinese.

Rediscovery of fascist message for the future
When:31 August 2016

Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen) and Han Lamers (HU Berlin/KU Leuven) have made an exciting discovery. Underneath a gigantic obelisk in Rome, they found a secret message from the Italian fascists: a Latin text about Mussolini’s Italy, intended for readers in the distant future.

Holland Scholarships presented to incoming and outgoing students
When:31 August 2016

On Tuesday 30 August a number of Holland Scholarships were presented by Prof. Sibrand Poppema.

Households unwittingly pay tens of euros to the municipality
When:29 August 2016

More than one hundred municipalities tax utilities companies with sufferance taxes on underground pipelines. The utilities companies pass these charges on to their clients. This invisible tax can run up to as much as €86 per household per year. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by Corine Hoeben of the University of Groningen Centre of Research on Lower Government Economics (COELO). She is publishing her findings today in the journal ESB.

Shaping the law of the future
When:24 August 2016

The use of digital currencies such as bitcoin is changing the way we do business. Mathieu Paapst is researching the legal consequences of large-scale IT applications in our lives, in order to think about how laws can be shaped in the future.  

Seagrass restoration threatened by fungi
When:24 August 2016

Dutch biologists have discovered that seagrass seed is killed by waterborne fungi that are related to the well-known potato blight. These fungi, which have not previously been found in seawater, hinder seed germination and thus prevent the restoration of seagrass. The biologists, including Laura Govers of the University of Groningen, published their results on August 24 2016 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Marthe Walvoort nominated for title of Greatest Dutch/Flemish Scientific Talent
When:23 August 2016

Chemist Marthe Walvoort is in the running for the title of Greatest Dutch/Flemish Scientific Talent. After being nominated by the University of Groningen, she has made it into the final 25 in the competition organized by the New Scientist, an international science and technology magazine. The winner will be announced on 22 September, and until that time you cancast your vote for one of the nominees.

Tianjin Medical University visits Groningen
When:19 August 2016

On the 19th of August 2016 a delegation from the Tianjin Medical University (TMU) visited the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen.

Dutch universities support Turkish academics and students
When:20 July 2016

The association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) supports the statement of the EUA, in which European universities condemn the actions directed at Turkish universities and its staff. International academic values and the principles of academic freedom prevail for the VSNU.

Philosopher of language explores differences between texts
When:20 July 2016

This year, philosopher of language Emar Maier was awarded a Vidi grant to research the differences between everyday language use and language use in stories. He is investigating why we interpret a text in a newspaper differently from one in a fantasy novel.

Veni grants awarded to ten University of Groningen and UMCG researchers
When:15 July 2016

Ten researchers from the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen have been awarded a Veni grant as part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme run by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the universities. The personal Veni grants are worth up to a maximum of € 250,000 and enable talented researchers who have just completed a PhD to conduct research of their own choice.

Groningen economists predict Rio medal table: 8 Olympic golds for the Netherlands
When:11 July 2016

The Dutch Olympic team will win 8 gold medals in Rio de Janeiro. At the Olympic Games this summer, the Dutch team will win 24 medals: 8 gold, 9 silver, and 7 bronze. That is the prediction of University of Groningen economists Fabian ten Kate, Gerard Kuper and Elmer Sterken, based on a scientific model. Ten Kate, Kuper and Sterken publish their prediction today in the economics journal Economisch Statistische Berichten.

New kiting technique generates energy from ‘calm’ water
When:06 July 2016

Eize Stamhuis is working with the company Sea Current to develop a new method of generating energy from tidal flows with a technology based on underwater kites. The method has significant advantages over wind and sun energy, as it can generate electricity from low-velocity flows of seawater.

Alweer dramatisch broedseizoen voor grutto
When:03 July 2016

De grutto’s in Zuidwest Friesland hebben opnieuw een bijzonder slecht broedseizoen gehad. Dat maakte weidevogelonderzoeker Jos Hooijmeijer van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen zondagochtend 3 juli 2016 bekend in het NPO Radio 1 programma Vroege Vogels. ‘Waarschijnlijk is bij niet meer dan één op de twintig gruttoparen tenminste één jong uitgevlogen’, schat Hooijmeijer. ‘Op een enkele uitzondering na zijn de verhalen elders uit Nederland niet veel beter.’

Talented students and researchers in the limelight at University of Groningen Summer Ceremony
When:01 July 2016

Every year the University of Groningen honours its talented students and researchers.

Gijsbert Vonk and Erik Frijlink nominated for Huibregtsen Prize 2016
When:30 June 2016

Prof. Erik Frijlink and Prof. Gijsbert Vonk have been nominated for the Huibregtsen Prize 2016 for their research projects.

An app to regulate digital distractions
When:29 June 2016

In this information age it is not easy to concentrate on your work. From her research on distractions, PhD researcher Ioanna Katidioti concludes that they activate cognitive processes that are not then in use, and that an app that regulates these distractions might help.

Northern Dutch innovation often comes from unexpected sources
When:29 June 2016

As well as the usual suspects – large technology firms and small high-tech start-ups – the northern Netherlands also boasts other businesses which excel in innovation. This is the conclusion of research conducted by the University of Groningen in collaboration with the Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance (SNN).

‘Use academic knowledge to improve foreign policy’
When:28 June 2016

Professor Jochem Wiers, Head of the Strategic Advice Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will give his inaugural lecture as Professor by Special Appointment of Dutch Foreign Policy and Policy Development at the University of Groningen on 28 June.

Boost for higher education in Friesland
When:24 June 2016

On Friday 24 June, 13 academic institutions together with the Province of Fryslân and the Municipality of Leeuwarden signed the Hoger-Onderwijsakkoord Fryslân (HOAF), an agreement on higher education in Friesland. This was in the presence of a number of descendants of professors from the former University of Franeker. The agreement confirms the signatories’ plans to realize more Master’s programmes and PhD research projects in Leeuwarden.

Brexit: no immediate consequences for our current British students
When:24 June 2016

The Board of the University has taken note of the result of the UK referendum on EU membership. We expect to remain an attractive university for British students after the Brexit. It is not yet clear whether Brexit will have consequences for the level of British students’ tuition fees. This will depend on the negotiations between the UK and the EU. We do not expect there to be any changes for our current British students in the short term.

Older people deal with emotions at work better than their younger colleagues
When:22 June 2016

Discussions about older people on the work floor tend to focus on their diminishing capacities for work. But Susanne Scheibe has shown that there is also a positive side in having employees who work to an older age. She was recently awarded a Vidi grant to conduct further research on the relationship between age and dealing with emotions at work.

Montagu’s harrier as a barometer for nature conservation
When:15 June 2016

Last year, bird researcher Raymond Klaassen won the prestigious Herman Klomp Award. Klaassen is currently studying the Montagu’s harrier’s migratory behaviour and habitat use.

Stable isotopes help calibrate thermometers
When:10 June 2016

The work of University of Groningen PhD student Vahideh Faghihi will make the calibration of thermometers even more accurate. No big deal for the average user, but important to climate scientists.

Landlord levy has unforeseen consequences
When:09 June 2016

Landlords in the public rental sector were recently faced with a substantial increase in their tax bill in the form of a new landlord levy. This levy is having a negative effect on the availability of public-sector rented housing, and negative implications for households on lower incomes. These are the results of research carried out by Jacob Veenstra, Maarten Allers and Harry Garretsen from the University of Groningen on behalf of the alliance of Housing Associations Aedes, the Netherlands Union of Tenants and the VNG (Association of Netherlands Municipalities). The researchers have come up with an alternative method for collecting the required taxes. They suggest widening the scope of the levy to include private-sector rented housing and owner-occupied homes.

One step closer to finishing Einstein’s work
When:09 June 2016

Albert Einstein spent the last twenty years of his career trying to unify physics in one theory, without success. The most nagging aspect was his failure to describe gravity in terms of quantum mechanics. Physicists around the world are still working on the problem and believe they will find the answer by studying the early Universe. The cosmological models developed by University of Groningen PhD student Marco Scalisi promise significant progress.

Improving ‘shopping experience’ can save traditional shopping chains in the struggle with webshops
When:08 June 2016

The market share of online shopping is growing rapidly. But real shops definitely still have a future according to Laurens Sloot, Professor by special appointment of Retail Marketing. 'The rapidly growing opportunities to order online mean we shop differently, and retailers have to adapt to that. Physical shops really have to add something to what they offer.’

New approach required for people with an eye condition
When:01 June 2016

People with an eye condition have an increased risk of being discriminated against or being confronted with prejudice. Sometimes they decide to keep their condition secret. Tali Spiegel investigated people with a degenerative eye condition for her PhD research.

Extra rules needed to counter risks posed by ballast water
When:30 May 2016

Peter Paul Stehouwer carried out research at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research into the effects of systems designed to kill unwanted organisms that ‘hitch a ride’ in ballast water. He concluded that although the systems work well, the rules need to be tightened up. He will be awarded a PhD by the University of Groningen on 3 June 2016.

Results of the 2016 University Elections
When:26 May 2016

The results of the 2016 elections for the student members of the University Council and Faculty Councils of the University of Groningen are in.

Challenging behaviour in people with profound intellectual disabilities can be prevented
When:25 May 2016

Healthcare psychologist Petra Poppes has drawn up some practical recommendations to raise awareness of challenging behaviour in people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) among parents and carers.

Innovative training device optimizes Paralympian wheelchair use
When:18 May 2016

The Center for Human Movement Sciences of the UMCG/UG, together with Lode BV, has developed a new wheelchair ergometer. This is a new technology that enables all wheelchair users, from early on in the rehabilitation process to Paralympic level sports, to train in their own wheelchair and be given feedback.

Shrinking shorebird pays the bill for rapid Arctic warming while wintering in the tropics
When:13 May 2016

Red knots migrate between their breeding grounds in the Arctic and their wintering grounds in West Africa. Chicks currently born under rapidly warming conditions attain smaller sizes before migration starts, because they miss the insect peak. If they reach their wintering grounds in the tropics, they are faced with a second disadvantage: their shorter bills cannot reach their favourite shellfish food. This results in an evolutionary force towards smaller-sized birds with large bills.

Major Vici grant for Marco Fraaije
When:12 May 2016

NWO awards a Vici grant to Professor Marco Fraaije after an administrative reconsideration. The grant has been awarded for the project ‘Vitamins for proteins: equipping enzymes with new cofactors’ which only just missed the selection in 2012.

Even in the long term, ‘light’ does not make you slimmer
When:12 May 2016

Light versions of sweets, soft drinks or crisps encourage people to eat more of these low-calorie products in the long term. They do not further the goal of reducing obesity in the population. These are the results of a study by a group of researchers that included University of Groningen Professor of Marketing Peter Verhoef. The results of the study will be published in the International Journal of Research in Marketing.

Robert Inklaar receives Duisenberg Prize for outstanding research into applied economics
When:12 May 2016

The Willem F. Duisenberg Fellowship Prize 2016 has been awarded to the University of Groningen economist Dr Robert Inklaar for his outstanding and original research into applied macroeconomics. Inklaar studies the development of economic growth and the role that the financial sector plays in this process. He was presented with his prize, comprising a medal and € 15,000, by head of the jury Klaas Knot, Director of De Nederlandsche Bank, and Victor Halberstadt, Chair of the Willem F. Duisenberg Foundation.

Results of National Student Survey ready
When:12 May 2016

The results of the National Student Survey by Studiekeuze123 are in. Thirty-six percent of UG students, over 10,000 of them, participated in the survey. They gave their respective programmes a rating of 4.05 out of 5 on average, and gave the atmosphere a rating of 4.15.

Lung patients made sick in a good cause
When:11 May 2016

Researcher Barbro Melgert of the UG and her colleague René Lutter from the AMC Amsterdam are deliberately infecting thirty people with COPD and asthma with a mild variant of the common cold. The result with these people will be a minor lung attack, but for Melgert and Lutter this is an essential step in their research on lung attacks.

Keetje Hodshon Prize awarded to Han Thomas Adriaenssen
When:09 May 2016

The Keetje Hodshon Prize has been awarded to Han Thomas Adriaenssen by the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen

University Council approves 2017 financial framework
When:29 April 2016

On Thursday, the University Council approved the financial framework for 2017. During the meeting, the UG results in the International Student Barometer were also extensively discussed. In general, international students arevery happy with the University . The Board and the Council mainly exchanged views on the points where improvement is possible: Food & Drinks, accommodation and preparation for the labour market.

Sustainable alternative to fossil fuels and chemicals in the making.
When:28 April 2016

How can we use renewable resources efficiently for the production of fuels and chemicals? Replacing fossil fuels with sustainable alternatives, and polluting technologies with clean ones, is a great societal challenge and an important issue facing scientists.

UG working hard to develop innovative Zernike Campus
When:25 April 2016

The University of Groningen wants to give a significant boost to the innovative Zernike Campus, using collaboration with high-tech businesses to advance joint knowledge development at the campus. The Zernike Campus offers a uniquely stimulating, facilitating and inspiring environment in which to pursue this objective. Important focus areas for this collaboration include the bioeconomy, the agro-food sector and energy transition. The importance and impact of collaboration are demonstrated by the successful projects already under way, such as the Carbohydrate Competence Center (CCC).

Groningen the centre of new antibiotic development
When:20 April 2016

The University of Groningen (UG) is gradually developing into the Dutch centre for research into new antibiotics. The UG and the UMCG were recently given a grant to appoint 34 PhD students, there is a new Centre for Sustainable Antimicrobials, and the University is organizing the Antibiotics – Now! Conference on 2 and 3 May together with the KNAW.

Generating power from waves
When:20 April 2016

University of Groningen (UG) collaborates on a new method to generate energy from tidal currents

Alternate non-stop migration strategies of pied flycatchers to cross the Sahara desert
When:14 April 2016

Each year more than two billion songbirds cross the Sahara, but how they perform this formidable task is largely unknown. Using geolocation tracks from 27 pied flycatchers, a nocturnally migrating passerine, we show that most birds made diurnal flights in both autumn and spring. These diurnal flights were estimated to be part of non-stop flights of mostly 40–60 h. In spring, birds flew across the Sahara, while autumn migration probably circumpassed part of the desert, through a long oversea flight. Our data contradict claims that passerines cross the Sahara by intermittent flight and daytime resting. The frequent occurrence of long non-stop flights to cross the desert shows migrants' physiological abilities and poses the question why this would not be the general migration strategy to cross the Sahara.

Royal Decoration for Jitse van Dijk in recognition of great services to European knowledge development
When:14 April 2016

Jitse van Dijk, researcher and associate professor at the UMCG, was today awarded a Royal Decoration, presented by the Mayor of Ten Boer, André van den Nadort. Van Dijk was awarded that Decoration for the important contribution he has made to solving public health and healthcare problems in Central Europe.

Virtual tour of cultural heritage site Palmyra  
When:06 April 2016

The threatened archaeological treasures in Palmyra can now be admired by one and all in a virtual tour on the internet, with photos, texts and audio files. Archaeologist Lidewijde de Jong of the UG was closely involved in the preparations. De Jong conducted research for years in Palmyra, and hopes that this initiative will open up this special cultural heritage site to everyone. The tour is the brainchild of Izitravel, a Dutch travel platform on the web.

Broerstraat 5 over macht en onmacht van de EU, het belang van energierecht en verstoring van de darmflora door maagzuurremmers
When:30 March 2016

Onder de kop ‘De EU is tot in haar haarvaten politiek’ opent het aprilnummer van Broerstraat 5 met Luuk van Middelaar, de recent verkozen Alumnus van het Jaar. In een interview vertelt de historicus en filosoof over macht en onmacht van de EU. Verder in het nieuwe nummer van het alumnimagazine van de RUG:

Attractive natural areas push up house prices
When:30 March 2016

It is generally assumed that houses gain a few percentage points in price if they are located within about 500 metres of a natural area, and that a nice view has a particularly strong influence on house prices. Michiel Daams concludes that the value of natural areas for house buyers is much higher when they perceive it to be attractive.

Ruim 3200 VWO 4-leerlingen maken kennis met de universiteit
When:29 March 2016

Op 29, 30 en 31 maart en op 5, 6 en 7 april organiseert de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) de College Carrousel. Zes dagen lang worden op vier locaties in de stad Groningen in totaal 24 hoorcolleges en 159 werkcolleges gegeven aan ruim 3200 leerlingen van 45 middelbare scholen uit heel Noord-Nederland. De College Carrousel is een evenement voor de vierde klassen van het vwo. Ze zijn een dag te gast op de universiteit en maken kennis met wetenschap, studenten en docenten.

Two ERC Advanced Grants
When:24 March 2016

Professor of Organic Chemistry Ben Feringa and Professor of Polymer Chemistry and Bioengineering Andreas Herrmann have each been awarded a EUR 2.5 million ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council. This is Feringa’s second Advanced Grant: he also received one in 2008.

From creative idea to innovation: how does that work?
When:23 March 2016

Is it better to give creative employees autonomy, or does pressure bring out their creativity? How does that work in a team? And how can those creative ideas be adapted to benefit organizations? Bernard Nijstad is going to spend the next five years researching the relationship between creativity and innovation at no fewer than one hundred different companies.

Doctors do not always follow the guidelines when prescribing antidepressants to young people
When:18 March 2016

Many doctors in the Netherlands fail to follow the guidelines when prescribing antidepressants to children and teenagers with depression. Fewer than one in five children are prescribed the correct drug at the start of treatment and the initial dose is often higher than recommended. More than half of the teenagers in the study were started on an adult dose, for example. These are the results of research carried out in the department of Psychiatry of the University Medical Center Groningen and the department of Pharmacy of the University of Groningen. An article based on the research has been published in the scientific journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

University Library presents historical treasures online
When:16 March 2016

The University Library has a large new online image database, presenting in digital form the University of Groningen’s heritage: historical maps, old manuscripts and book bindings, photos of archaeological excavations and church interiors. The database includes more than 65,000 images of items from the historical and research collections.

KHMW benoemt zes RUG-hoogleraren als nieuw lid
When:15 March 2016

De Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW) heeft zes prominente hoogleraren van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) benoemd als nieuw lid. In totaal benoemde de KHMW 36 nieuwe leden, afkomstig van de Nederlandse universiteiten.

Big Data research provides quicker World Cup football playback
When:15 March 2016

University of Groningen PhD student Danilo Barbosa Coimbra has designed a new algorithm to analyse big datasets. It is faster and more accurate than currently available programs, and could be used to analyse pictures of suspected skin cancer lesions or search through data provided by municipal governments. Coimbra also used it to build a tool to help football fans enjoy quick playback of match highlights. Coimbra will defend his PhD thesis on 18 March 2016 at the University of Groningen.

Waarde Groningse huizen daalt met 1 miljard euro door aardbevingen
When:12 March 2016

De door gaswinning veroorzaakte aardbevingen leiden tot een ernstige verstoring van de woningmarkt. Daardoor staan prijzen onder druk, maar de mate waarin dat het geval is, bleef tot nu toe onduidelijk. Prof. George de Kam maakte een doorrekening met een recent door de VU ontwikkeld model.

Students and Noorderbrug clients present a photo exhibition about their worlds
When:09 March 2016

University of Groningen Honours students worked on the ‘Laten Zien’ (‘Show Your World’) photo exhibition as part of their Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning programme. The project brought together students from both the UG and the Minerva Art Academy, and clients from De Noorderbrug. Together, they went on a journey of exploration into each other’s worlds. The exhibition at De Noorderbrug’s talent centre will run until 24 March.

More integrated measures against Suzuki fruitfly
When:02 March 2016

The European fruit industry is being threatened by a new insect pest from Asia, the Suzuki fruitfly. Biologist Bregje Wertheim has been conducting research on the Suzuki fruitfly with the aim of developing an integrated, biological pest control programme.

Kees Aarts appointed as new dean of the faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
When:29 February 2016

The University Board has decided to appoint prof. dr. Kees Aarts as of August 1 as dean of the faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences.

University of Groningen to start first online academic course for children
When:24 February 2016

The University of Groningen is about to introduce an online course on the academic world for 10 to 12-year-olds. The UG is the first university to launch such an online course for this age group. Seven young academics each discuss one topic that relates closely to the world of children, illustrated with short films. The course will start in early April and run for seven weeks.

University of Groningen to start Master’s track in Digital Humanities
When:17 February 2016

The University of Groningen will be starting a Master’s degree programme in Digital Humanities in September.

Fewer elderly people die after acute hospital admission when community care registered nurse is involved in after-care
When:16 February 2016

Fewer elderly people die after an acute hospital admission when a community care registered nurse is actively involved in the after-care. The mortality rate is forty percent lower than for elderly people receiving regular after-care. These are the results of research carried out by professor of geriatrics and geriatric medicine Sophia de Rooij of the University Medical Center Groningen, and Bianca Buurman of the Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam. They have published an article on the subject in today’s edition of the scientific magazine JAMA Internal Medicine.

Bijna 2 miljoen euro subsidie voor nieuw datacentrum ruimtesonde Euclid
When:11 February 2016

Prof.dr. Edwin Valentijn van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en zijn collega prof.dr. Koen Kuijken van de Universiteit Leiden ontvangen 1.985.000 euro subsidie van de Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek. Het geld gaat naar een nieuw datacentrum waar over enkele jaren data van de Euclid-satelliet zullen worden verwerkt. Euclid is de volgende kosmische missie van de European Space Agency (ESA).

‘Don’t take the pill if you have a serious clotting disorder’
When:11 February 2016

Thrombosis is a rare side-effect of taking the contraceptive pill. The risk of thrombosis for a woman who takes the pill can increase if she has a serious hereditary clotting disorder or if her mother or sister has developed thrombosis.

Property values rise after redevelopment of industrial heritage
When:10 February 2016

Mark van Duijn is investigating the effects of the redevelopment of industrial heritage in the Netherlands on the value of nearby houses. It turns out that the negative effects on the housing market before the redevelopment disappear after renovation – the prices of houses rose to a level comparable to similar neighbourhoods.

Exergame for seniors trains balance
When:03 February 2016

PhD student Mike van Diest has developed a game to help seniors improve their balance at home. Improved balance can prevent falls. While playing the game, seniors make skating movements in front of their TV. A camera registers these movements and shows them in a virtual cross-country skating trip on the TV screen.

Computer software helps police fight child pornography
When:02 February 2016

Industrial engineer Laura Fernández Robles has developed software solutions for three different industrial partners requiring image recognition: pig farmers, manufacturers and the Spanish police. By combining different approaches, she was able to help the pig farmers automate artificial insemination, the manufacturers inspect milling tools and the Spanish police fight child pornography.In a joint PhD programme at the University of León (Spain) and the University of Groningen, she created a tool that has been implemented by the Spanish police. The PhD ceremony in Groningen will be on 5 Februar 2016.

Niels Taatgen elected Lecturer of the Year
When:28 January 2016

Prof. Niels Taatgen has been elected University of Groningen Lecturer of the Year 2015. The professor of Cognitive Modelling at the Faculty of Science and Engineering was awarded the Jury Prize on Education Day. Prof. Oscar Couwenberg, chair of the jury and member of the Committee of Deans, praised Taatgen’s talent to continuously stimulate his students and his enthusiastic commitment to the further development of teaching and the curriculum. The winner received € 7,500, a work of art and an invitation to develop and teach a course unit at the Honours College.

University of Groningen researcher Jeanine Olsen publishes seagrass genome in Nature
When:27 January 2016

An international consortium of 35 labs led by University of Groningen Professor of Marine Biology Jeanine Olsen published the genome of the seagrass Zostera marina in the scientific journal Nature on January 27th. Seagrasses are the only flowering plants to have returned to the sea, arguably the most extreme adaptation a terrestrial (or even freshwater) species can undergo. They provide a unique opportunity to study the adaptations involved.

Genome of the flowering plant that returned to the sea
When:26 January 2016

An international consortium of 35 labs led by University of Groningen Professor of Marine Biology Jeanine Olsen published the genome of the seagrass Zostera marina in the scientific journal Nature on 27 Januar 2016. Seagrasses are the only flowering plants to have returned to the sea, arguably the most extreme adaptation a terrestrial (or even freshwater) species can undergo. They provide a unique opportunity to study the adaptations involved.

Hersenonderzoekers UMCG starten onderzoek naar voorkómen van terugval na depressie
When:25 January 2016

De onderzoekers gaan in hun onderzoek na wat de effecten van preventieve cognitieve therapie zijn. Daarmee willen zij meer te weten komen over de mechanismen die een rol spelen bij terugval bij depressie. Het is voor het eerst dat de werkingsmechanismen van preventieve cognitieve therapie voor het voorkomen van depressie onderzocht uitgebreid onderzocht worden.

GreenMetric Ranking: RUG duurzaamste universiteit van Nederland
When:25 January 2016

De RUG staat in de afgelopen weekend gepubliceerde GreenMetric Ranking op de twaalfde plaats. De RUG steeg 36 plaatsen ten opzichte van vorig jaar en is daarmee in deze ranglijst nu de duurzaamste universiteit van Nederland. De University of Nottingham staat op de eerste plek.

Dutch taught in schools is behind the times
When:21 January 2016

The Dutch taught in schools is shallow, uninteresting and does not meet the current social requirements for language skills and literacy. Improvements can and must be made. Language experts from eight Dutch universities will join Dutch teachers on Friday 22 January in Groningen to launch a manifesto with ideas for improving the situation.

Cheaper way to manage library holdings
When:20 January 2016

It is easy to improve logistical processes in rental businesses with several locations, according to research by PhD student Gerlach van der Heide. He has developed a new way for libraries to manage and distribute holdings, and concludes that logistics costs could be reduced by around thirty percent.

Open day at the university of Groningen
When:19 January 2016

More than 8000 secondary school pupils and their parents will visit the Open Day at the University of Groningen on Friday 29 january.

Generous EU research grants for UMCG researchers
When:19 January 2016

Two researchers from the UMCG, psychologist Marieke Wichers and molecular oncologist Marcel van Vugt, have been awarded generous EU research grants. Each will receive the Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), a European grant for talented researchers with seven to twelve years of experience as an independent researcher. Wichers and Van Vugt will each receive two million euros.

Testing for serious genetic diseases now possible before pregnancy
When:14 January 2016

The University Medical Centre Groningen is the first centre in the Netherlands to offer a preconception genetic screening test to all couples considering parenthood. The new test will indicate whether their future baby has a chance of having a serious genetic disease, even if there is no incidence in the family. The UMCG is going to study the uptake, psychological impact and practical feasibility of the test, being offered by their GP.

Sharing a house: making it work
When:13 January 2016

More and more often, people of all ages are choosing to share their living quarters. Researcher Marc Pauly of the Philosophy Knowledge Centre has developed a manual for communal living.

Take part in the conversation on earthquake regions’ future
When:11 January 2016

On January 30, the University of Groningen is organising an event to discuss the regional Research Agenda. Inhabitants of the earthquake region are invited to participate. The University has recently set up a research centre on earthquakes and sustainable development (KADO =Kenniscentrum Aardbevingen en Duurzame Ontwikkeling), which aims to tie earthquake research to social sustainability and regional development. Currently, the discussions on the earthquakes places too much emphasis on geology and the effects the earthquakes have on buildings. The Research Centre wishes also to emphasize the people aspect surrounding the earthquake matter.

Declare your love for your favourite natural area
When:06 January 2016

Would you like to stay connected to your favourite natural area online? Go to , the brainchild of economic geographer Frans Sijtsma of the University of Groningen.

Limited tax rise for big cities
When:05 January 2016

Local taxes in the big cities are increasing this year by an average of 0.6 percent, a smaller rise than last year. When corrected for inflation (0.9 percent), this represents a slight drop. These figures are contained in the report ‘Key tax figures for large municipalities 2016’, compiled by COELO, the University of Groningen’s centre for research on local government economics.

PhD student creates recyclable rubber (video)
When:16 December 2015

PhD student Laurens Polgar has created new, recyclable rubber. By using a different method to create bonds in the rubber, Polgar has created rubber that is completely recyclable into new rubber, preserving all its qualities.

Fewer solo accidents thanks to simple adjustments to the verge
When:09 December 2015

Professer Dick de Waard has been commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment to develop a ‘ forgiving cycle path’. The aim of these cycle paths is to reduce the number of solo accidents and make sure that the accidents that do occur are less serious.

First look at protein complex regulating cell division
When:08 December 2015

University of Groningen scientists are the first to provide a direct look at the divisome, a protein complex responsible for cell division in bacteria. Their results are published in the journal Scientific Reports.

New massive dataset of bacterial proteins
When:08 December 2015

University of Groningen scientists and colleagues from Switzerland have conducted a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the proteins that the bacterium Escherichia coli expresses in 22 different growth conditions. The resulting dataset describes most (>90 percent) of the protein mass in the cells and will be a treasure trove for cell biologists. A first description is published on 7 December in Nature Biotechnology.

Royal Decoration for Jaap van Manen
When:03 December 2015

On Thursday 3 December, Mayor P.E.J. den Oudsten of the municipality of Groningen has presented Prof. J.A. van Manen with a Royal Decoration on the occasion of his retirement. Van Manen is Professor of Corporate Governance in the Department of Accountancy of the Faculty of Economics and Business. He has been made a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

Chaotic environment leads to pursuit of clear goals
When:02 December 2015

A chaotic environment leads to the pursuit of clear goals. This has been revealed by a recent publication by Professor Bob Fennis and Jacob Wiebenga in The Journal of Environmental Psychology .

Neighbourhood green spaces healthier when easier to access and use
When:30 November 2015

Inhabitants of a neighbourhood with lots of accessible and usable green spaces are more attached to these areas and feel mentally healthier than inhabitants of a neighbourhood with an equal amount of less accessible green space.

RUG spin-off company reduces energy consumption by up to 35%
When:25 November 2015

Faris Nizamic and Tuan Anh Nguyen are PhD students at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. They have now founded the company Sustainable Buildings, which helps clients to reduce energy consumption by up to 35%.

New technique measures leaks in underground CO 2 storage sites
When:24 November 2015

University of Groningen PhD student Charlotte van Leeuwen has developed a technique for measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) leaks from underground storage sites. This is important for monitoring whether underground storage does in fact prevent greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Van Leeuwen’s PhD ceremony will be held on 27 November 2015 at the University of Groningen.

The anatomy of flower colours
When:24 November 2015

You would be forgiven for thinking that biologists know all there is to know about flower colours. However, they are still in the dark about how the various colours are formed. To answer this question, Casper van der Kooi devised a physical model to describe how pigments produce colour. He came up with some unexpected results. Van der Kooi will defend his PhD thesis at the University of Groningen on 27 November 2015, just one year after obtaining his Master’s degree.

University of Groningen appoints Head of Communication and Head of International Strategy and Relations
When:19 November 2015

The University of Groningen has appointed two new heads of department. As of 23 November, Bas Rutgers will take over as Head of the Department of Communication, and Paul Bolt will start as Head of the new Department of International Strategy & Relations in early 2016. The Board of the University and the Office of the University Directorate are delighted to welcome them both.

New way to prevent injuries to anterior cruciate ligament
When:18 November 2015

An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament can have serious physical and psychosocial consequences. PhD student Anne Benjaminse (RUG/UMCG) has discovered that prevention programmes can perhaps be improved using principles from the field of motor learning. Using a verbal external focus rather than an internal focus and video feedback should make it easier to learn to make the right movement and use safer landing techniques when jumping.

School closure does not affect depopulating village
When:11 November 2015

Closing schools in depopulating areas always leads to vehement protests. That’s wrong, says depopulation expert Tialda Haartsen of the University of Groningen. According to Haartsen, it’s simply a myth that the vanishing of a school has a serious negative effect on the quality of life in a village.

Student wants to design app to prevent tooth decay in children
When:04 November 2015

An app that can help prevent tooth decay in children – that idea won Nynke Tjeerdsma the Hokwerda Award 2015. The Groningen Dentistry student was awarded the prize for sustainable oral care in early October at the KNMT student congress.

‘Hidden’ data now available to everyone
When:28 October 2015

The University of Groningen Geo Services has just launched a new website,, with all kinds of data that people usually cannot access quickly.

Better soundscapes can reduce problem behaviour
When:21 October 2015

Problem behaviour in people with profound cognitive and multiple disabilities can be reduced by improving their soundscapes, according to PhD student Kirsten van den Bosch. She has developed an app for healthcare institution personnel.

Research on ‘dark tourism’ and emotions gets a boost
When:14 October 2015

Travel to conflict areas and historical locations where ‘dark’ events took place is a phenomenon that has hardly received any research attention. Dorina Buda studies this type of travel, known as ‘dark tourism’. This summer she was awarded a Veni grant.

Saving energy and money with smart systems
When:05 October 2015

Using the University of Groningen’s Bernoulliborg building on the Zernike Campus as a living lab, PhD student Ilche Georgievski has devised systems to save energy and money. The results, which are generic and can be used in other buildings, will generate savings of about 35 percent on energy use in monetary terms. In the Bernoulliborg canteen, Georgievski brought down energy use for lighting by 80 percent. He will defend his thesis describing the systems behind these measures on 9 October 2015 at the University of Groningen.

Northern businesses benefit from student creativity
When:05 October 2015

Students of the Master's degree programme in Small Business and Entrepreneurship  have been advising a variety of entrepreneurs in the north of the Netherlands. They tackled a number of questions that the Faculty of Economics and Business received from the SME sector.

University of Groningen and Energy Academy Europe launch unique MOOC on Energy Transition
When:05 October 2015

The University of Groningen and Energy Academy Europe have launched a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on the topic of energy transition. A multidisciplinary approach is needed in order to solve the energy puzzle. This free course provides a unique approach, taking advantage of the broad range of scientific disciplines within the University of Groningen. The course is aimed at both academic students as well as professionals. The MOOC starts on October 12th, and participation is free. Those interested can register here.

A new approach to nuisance neighbours
When:30 September 2015

Increasing urbanization often causes tension in society. For example, nuisance caused by neighbours. When nuisance becomes intolerable, eviction often seems the only solution. But often this just means shifting the problem. Is there another solution? And if so, which legal instruments are required. Michel Vols and other Groninger academics address these issues.

RUG ontvangt gasten van gerenommeerde buitenlandse universiteiten
When:24 September 2015

De RUG ontving op 20 en 21 september afgevaardigden van zestien universiteiten en onderzoeksinstituten. CvB-voorzitter Sibrand Poppema begroette gasten van onder meer de University of Maryland (VS), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Sun Yat-sen University (China), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) en de English and Foreign Language University (Hyderabad, India).

University of Groningen and Energy Academy Europe launch unique massive online open course (MOOC) on Energy Transition
When:24 September 2015

This fall, the University of Groningen and Energy Academy Europe will launch a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on the topic of energy transition. A multidisciplinary approach is needed in order to solve the energy puzzle. This free course provides a unique approach, taking advantage of the broad range of scientific disciplines within the University of Groningen. The course is aimed at both academic students as well as professionals.

Weekend van de Wetenschap in Groningen (3 en 4 oktober)
When:24 September 2015

Tijdens het Weekend van de Wetenschap kunnen bezoekers op zondag 4 oktober terecht bij Zpannend Zernike, Gezond Groningen, het Infoversum en het Universiteitsmuseum voor een uitgebreid aanbod van lezingen, demonstraties en films.

New calculation cluster offers researchers new opportunities
When:23 September 2015

The University of Groningen Center for Information Technology has introduced a new, fast calculation cluster: Peregrine. Rampal Etienne, a biologist who uses mathematical models, and Gertjan van Noord, who is investigating technologies that will enable him to parse and understand language with computers, talk about their research.

Research grants of 100K for FEB’s Jutta Bolt: the future of farming and income inequality in Africa
When:22 September 2015

Would the future of food security in Africa benefit most from small, or from large-scale farming? How and why does income inequality develop in African countries? These are the subjects of two large scale research projects by FEB researcher Jutta Bolt in cooperation with researchers from our partner University of Lund, in Sweden.

U-Meet: Around the Sun (1 October)
When:21 September 2015

Five lectures on the theme ‘Around the Sun’ will be held at the Infoversum on the evening of Thursday 1 October. Scientists will have 500 seconds to introduce the audience to their field, exactly the time that sunlight takes to reach the Earth.

New facility for start-ups in the chemical sector will boost innovation on Zernike Campus
When:21 September 2015

Innolab Chemie, a new testing ground for start-up businesses in the chemical sector, will open on the Zernike Campus Groningen on Saturday 26 September 2015. Patrick Brouns, member of the Provincial Executive, Ben Feringa, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen, and Gerard van Harten, the figurehead of the Top Sector Chemistry, will perform the opening ceremony. Innolab Chemie provides start-up businesses in the chemical sector with general lab facilities such as fume cupboards, lab workbenches and office space.

Astronomers stumble upon mysterious filaments
When:17 September 2015

While studying the earliest light from the Universe, astronomers discovered unexpected structures in our galaxy

Social media not a universal cure for all elderly
When:16 September 2015

Social media is not always suitable for making the elderly less isolated. This has been revealed by research conducted by Eveline Hage, who will be awarded a PhD by the University of Groningen. She researched the use of social media by the elderly and its effects. For some elderly, a social media presence actually had a negative effect.

RUG opnieuw bij beste 100 universiteiten wereldwijd
When:15 September 2015

De Rijksuniversiteit Groningen behoort opnieuw tot de top 100 van een belangrijke internationale ranglijst. In de QS World University Rankings neemt de RUG dit jaar plek 100 in.

‘Wave’ sends information through magnet
When:14 September 2015

Physicists at the University of Groningen, together with colleagues from Utrecht and Brest, have discovered a new principle governing how information is sent between electronic circuits. This could also help generate electricity more efficiently from temperature differences. The results were published on 14 September in the journal Nature Physics.

Geneticus Cisca Wijmenga ontvangt Spinozapremie
When:14 September 2015

NWO-voorzitter Jos Engelen en staatssecretaris Sander Dekker van OCW reikten vanmiddag in Den Haag de NWO-Spinozapremies uit aan vier in Nederland werkzame topwetenschappers, onder wie Cisca Wijmenga, hoogleraar Humane genetica aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en het Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen.

University alumnus becomes top official in Europe
When:09 September 2015

Director-General Maarten Verwey is also an alumnus of the University. Verwey became Director-General in the field of Structural Reform Support Service on July 1st.

Older people need to feel at home in their neighbourhood
When:09 September 2015

People continue to live independently for longer and longer. But are neighbourhoods and society as a whole ready for this?  PhD student Debbie Lager says that we should adjust out neighbourhoods and our behaviour to give older adults a sense of belonging.

Enhancing the impact of research data
When:02 September 2015

Professional and efficient management of research data is becoming increasingly important. The University of Groningen Research Data Office helps researchers gather, store and present research data and provides advice on how to draw up ‘research data management plans’ to accompany research proposals.

Holland Scholarships awarded to incoming and outgoing students
When:02 September 2015

Last Thursday, August 27, the Holland Scholarships were awarded, by the President of the University of Groningen prof. dr. Sibrand Poppema. In total, 10 international students who are starting with their study at the University of Groningen and 31 students from University of Groningen who are going to study abroad are awarded with a Holland Scholarship.

Two groups of students from Osaka University visit Groningen
When:31 August 2015

This August - September the University of Groningen is happy to welcome two groups of Japanese students from Osaka University. 17 Japanese students attend the annual English Summer programme at the Faculty of Arts and the Language Centre.

Frisian faculty fast approaching
When:26 August 2015

The Province of Fryslân, the University of Groningen and the municipality of Leeuwarden are currently discussing plans for the establishment of a University faculty in Leeuwarden. The Provisional name is RUG/Campus Fryslân. The three parties expect to reach agreement in late September.

Succesfull introduction day students in Leeuwarden
When:26 August 2015

Last Monday, 24 August, the Leip! Intro, , took place for the tenth time. Among the 3500 students joining the Leip! Intro this year, 40 students represented UCF. The new students from Water technology, Multilingualism and the Master Environmental & Energy Management joined the programme, containing five different activities.

Energy Academy Europe to provide education in Mozambique
When:26 August 2015

The University of Groningen and the Energy Academy Europe will help strengthen Mozambique’s knowledge infrastructure in the field of energy by setting up degree programmes at Mozambican knowledge institutes and by training staff.

Janka Stoker appointed chair of Economic Board Groningen supervisory board
When:19 August 2015

Prof. Janka Stoker, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the University of Groningen, has been appointed chair of the supervisory board of Economic Board Groningen (EBG). The EBG was set up to strengthen the economy in the area liable to earthquakes.

Reporting on remote global events influences local group relationships
When:12 August 2015

Reporting on the Greek debt crisis, the Arab Spring or Iran’s nuclear programme influences our view of the populations involved elsewhere in the world, and at the same time influences our views of groups in our immediate vicinity. These are the conclusions of PhD student Thijs Bouman. He investigated how reporting on remote global events can change local group relationships.

Our Neighbourhood Sustainable by 2030 – How?
When:05 August 2015

We will be sustainable in 2030! That may sound good, but it takes a lot to realize these ambitions. What does a village, town, city or municipality require if it has a sustainability or energy goal? Prof. Bert Scholtens is coordinating a study in which local energy initiatives play an important role.

How accurate is our perception?
When:29 July 2015

What determines our perception? And what do people really see? These questions are being addressed by experimental psychologist Jacob Jolij. He has discovered things like drinking coffee can change your perception.

University of Groningen researchers present results of Wind Energy Knowledge Plan pilot study
When:23 July 2015

The nuisance experienced by people living near wind turbines not only depends on the actual sound levels, but also on various psychological factors, such as the extent to which people think they have a say in decision-making process and are being taken seriously.

Man and animals grow closer in wartime
When:22 July 2015

The First World War was an important pivotal moment in history with regard to the relationship between humans and animals, according to research conducted by historian Monika Baár. The connection with animals like dogs and horses that developed on the battlefield led to a different view of animals.

Groningen starts pilot on preventing language deficiency in children
When:15 July 2015

Groningen is the first place in the Netherlands to introduce the programme ‘Success for All’, developed by the American psychologist Robert Slavin. The programme focuses on preventing language deficiency. Its effectiveness is being studied by Roel Bosker, Professor of Education at the University of Groningen.

Major Horizon 2020 Award to the Arctic Centre
When:15 July 2015

Peter Jordan, director of the Arctic Centre, has just been awarded major Horizon 2020 funding to support a Innovative Training Network (ITN). The University of Groningen will join the universities of York, Copenhagen and Stockholm in training a new generation of early-stage researchers.

Experiences of youth in care do not meet their needs
When:08 July 2015

Communication between clients and care professionals plays a crucial role in care. However, the experiences of youth in this regard often do not meet their needs. This has a negative effect on the participation of youth in the care process and on reducing their problems during the first year of treatment.

Development of 3D imaging of proton beams
When:10 June 2015

Researchers at KVI-CART are currently working on a device which can perform an overall 3D check of the treatment plans of cancer patients who are being treated with proton bundles.

New approach to the burial culture of terp dwellers
When:03 June 2015

PhD student Annet Nieuwhof has conducted research which included studying a number of remarkable prehistoric skulls. In her thesis, she presents an entirely new view of the rituals, including the burial culture, in the terp dwelling era. According to Nieuwhof people did not cremate their dead but kept or buried the skulls and bones in their houses after their excarnation (defleshing), all of which was part of ancestral worship.

New free online course: Why do we age?
When:27 May 2015

The European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA) of the University of Groningen and the UMCG will be offering a free online course on the biology of ageing beginning on 1 June. The six-week, English-taught course will address such questions as: Why do we age? Can we increase our lifespan? Is there a limit to the age people can reach?

New research institute GELIFES focuses on adaptive capacity of living systems
When:22 April 2015

An opening symposium on 22 April will mark the start of the new research institute GELIFES.

Boosting local sustainable energy initiatives with innovative technology
When:20 February 2015

Sustainable society needs more room for local initiatives and innovative technology. Furthermore, practical scenarios linking sustainable energy generated locally to existing energy systems are needed. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a grant worth € 375,000 to the University of Groningen (Dr Henny van der Windt) and the University of Twente (Dr Ellen van Oost) for research into the technological and social potential of local sustainable energy systems. A number of commercial companies will also make a practical and financial contribution to the study, bringing the total investment in the project to € 500,000.

Extensive renovation of University Library starts on fourth floor in February
When:29 January 2015

Once the January examination period has finished, work will start on renovating the top floor of the University of Groningen Library. The entire floor will be stripped and refurbished in line with the drawings in the Final Design (January 2015). The work on the fourth floor will be completed in mid-2015, after which the renovations will continue on the third floor.

Open dag Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
When:29 January 2015

Ruim 7000 middelbare scholieren en ouders bezoeken vrijdag 30 januari de Open dag van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG). Ze maken er uitgebreid kennis met maximaal vier opleidingen. De opleidingen presenteren zich zoveel mogelijk in hun eigen gebouwen, verspreid over de stad Groningen. Daarnaast kunnen aankomende studenten themalezingen volgen, informatiemarkten bezoeken, een studiekeuzeworkshop volgen of een stadswandeling maken. Aanmelding voor de open dag is verplicht via

Mow even later to save the godwit
When:06 January 2015

Meadows where godwits breed should only be mown after 1 July. This would be the most effective measure to call a halt to the continual decline in godwit numbers. This has been revealed by research conducted by Rosemarie Kentie, who will be awarded a PhD on 9 January 2015 by the University of Groningen.

RUG expands into Drenthe
When:05 January 2015

The University of Groningen is opening an auxiliary branch in Drenthe.

Woonlasten grote gemeenten stijgen minder dan inflatie
When:02 January 2015

De grote gemeenten verhogen hun woonlasten dit jaar met gemiddeld 0,8 procent.

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