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Leidinggeven in coronatijd: doe mee aan het onderzoek
Posted on:21 April 2020

Op dit moment ervaren veel mensen veranderingen in hun werk. Welke impact heeft de coronacrisis op jouw werkomgeving? En op leiders en hun verantwoordelijkheden? Onderzoekers van expertisecentrum In the LEAD van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en vakblad MT zijn benieuwd naar je mening.

Fifteen Aletta Jacobs chairs for female academics
Posted on:06 March 2020

At the presentation of the Aletta Jacob Prize 2020 on Friday 6 March, Rector Magnificus Cisca Wijmenga announced that the University of Groningen is creating an incentive fund for the creation of fifteen new chairs, exclusively intended for female scientists. The chairs are named after the figurehead of the UG: Aletta Jacobs.

Temporary closure of KNIR
Posted on:05 March 2020

On Wednesday 4 March, the Italian government announced extra measures to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus. As of immediate effect, until at least 15 March and with a possible extension until 3 April 2020, all schools and universities in the country will remain closed and will not be holding teaching and research-based meetings. The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) is acting in accordance with the measures taken by the Italian government.

Safe method for identifying polar bears tested
Posted on:20 February 2020

Identifying individual animals is an important part of biological field research. But how do you distinguish between individual animals when you do not want to capture or mark them, or when they do not have clear markings in their fur and are so dangerous that you cannot get close to them? These are the kinds of problems that researchers encounter when studying polar bears. But this research is vital now that these top polar ice predators are suffering the consequences of climate change. Researchers from the Arctic Centre at the University of Groningen (UG) and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research in Trondheim have developed a method for identifying individual polar bears in their natural habitat.

Female bird falls victim to her Valentine
Posted on:13 February 2020

Female songbirds can have troublesome love lives. In some species, such as the European pied flycatcher, the male birds try to hook up with an extra female bird once they’ve already found a mate. It was long believed that the female bird whose eggs hatched first did not suffer from her mate keeping a second family. After all, these males were already putting in the effort for their first broods. University of Groningen PhD student Koosje Lamers and Prof. Christiaan Both ‘reveal’ that female birds who share a mate with another female have a lower chance of survival, and that the risk of dying is increased by brooding early in the spring.

Strong increase in year-to-year variation in Arctic precipitation
Posted on:13 February 2020

Recent research shows that, on average, more precipitation will fall in the Arctic region due to global warming. Initially this will mainly take the form of snow; after continued warming, this will turn into rain. A new article from UG climatologist Prof. Richard Bintanja and his colleagues from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), which was published in Science Advances, shows that the year-to-year variation in precipitation will also strongly increase. This increase has a very different cause than the average increase in Arctic precipitation.

Artistic PhD offered in Groningen
Posted on:11 February 2020

Artistic PhD offered in Groningen

Carcasses important for plants and insects in the Oostvaardersplassen
Posted on:22 January 2020

Allowing the carcasses of dead deer to remain in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve has a positive effect on biodiversity in the area. Not only do the carcasses attract many more insects and other arthropods in the short term – but also in the long term, due to increased plant growth. Plants located near animal carcasses became five times bigger than usual, leading to a surge in the number of plant-eating invertebrates on the plants and, therefore, also in the number of their predators. This is the conclusion of a recently published study conducted by UG researcher Dr Roel van Klink, which was conducted before the number of large grazers was drastically reduced in connection with updated nature management policy.

ELT MICADO Instrument Passes Preliminary Design Review
Posted on:21 January 2020

MICADO, the first dedicated imaging system for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), has reached an important milestone in its design review. The MICADO consortium, together with a group of external experts from around the world, met at ESO’s Garching headquarters for a week of intense examination of the instrument’s optics, mechanics, software, and electronics, and budget plan to identify any areas which needed further design work. After the meeting, the MICADO team addressed all of the major concerns raised during the review and the instrument has now formally passed its preliminary design review. A more detailed design phase is now underway, leading towards the final design review and construction of the instrument’s many components.

Little dissatisfaction with asylum seekers’ centres, a lot of dissatisfaction with the government
Posted on:17 January 2020

In a representative sample study involving over 1,200 Dutch people, researchers from the University of Groningen (UG) studied opinions about asylum seekers expressed between 2016 and 2019. The research was commissioned by the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC). The researchers also studied incidents and problems relating to three asylum seekers’ centres. A door-to-door survey was held in one city to ask local residents about nuisance caused by the asylum seekers’ centre and the asylum seekers themselves.

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