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A grand future with small particles. Nanotechnology affects many aspects of our lives

5th Jul, 2017
A grand future with small particles. Nanotechnology affects many aspects of our lives. The Netherlands is a leading player in this research area. Key to safeguard this position is to keep engaging talent and updating our infrastructure network, organized in NanoLabNL. Meet Beatriz Noheda of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, member of NanoLabNL.

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Posted 5th Jul, 2017
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14th Sep, 2017

Energy keep us going

Energy raises key scientific and social challenges. The University of Groningen has made energy one of its three main research themes and makes major contributions to the transition to sustainable production and consumption of energy.
The Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme, GESP, is the platform for all University of Groningen research and teaching on energy and sustainability. GESP unites research and teaching in this field within the university and facilitates cooperation with other knowledge institutes (including the Energy Academy Europe), government bodies, the business world and social/public organizations.
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8th Sep, 2017

University of Groningen in 83rd place on THE ranking list

The University of Groningen (UG) is ranked on the 83rd place on the Times Higher Education ranking list. Last year the UG was ranked on the 80th place. Together with the UG six other Dutch universities are in the top 100 of the THE ranking. The results were presented on Tuesday September 5th.
In August it was announced that the University had climbed to 59th place in the Shanghai Ranking (ARWU). Groningen currently ranks 113th on the QS ranking list.
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5th Sep, 2017

Origins Center to open at Fundamentals of Life in the Universe symposium

On 31 August, Louise Vet (director of the Netherlands Institute for Ecology, NIOO-KNAW), Ben Feringa (University of Groningen, Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry 2016) and Rens Waters (general and scientific director of the Netherlands Space Research Institute SRON) opened the Origins Center, in front of an audience of over 200 delegates at the Fundamentals of Life in the Universe symposium.
The Fundamentals of Life symposium was held on the Zernike Campus of the UG. Nineteen speakers from the Netherlands and abroad discussed the various aspects and challenges in the search for the origins of life. In conclusion, Stan Gielen, chair of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), spoke about the future of the Dutch National Research Agenda.
Origins Center
The Origins Center is a virtual pooling of resources, bringing together leading Dutch researchers from the fields of astronomy, biophysics, ecology, molecular and evolutionary biology, planet and earth sciences, chemistry, mathematics, informatics and computational science, all focusing on the origins of life in the broadest sense of the term. In July, NWO awarded the Origins Center a grant of € 2.5 million for a three-year programme involving a number of preliminary research projects. The programme includes developing a virtual centre designed to support collaboration between these researchers and similar centres elsewhere in the world. The Origins Center will also initiate projects relating to science communication.
The Center’s programme entails five three-year projects, focusing on the origins of life-bearing planets and life on planet Earth, the predictability of evolution, the malleability and controllability of life, modelling planet Earth as an exoplanet and the mathematical understanding of the effect of emerging phenomena on underlying organization levels in natural systems. The projects will serve as a joint basis for a larger, longer-lasting scientific programme designed to provide pioneering insight into the phenomenon ‘life’ on astrophysical, planetary and molecular scales.
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