What's Happening in Groningen /Week 3

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Welcome back! Now that we’ve all gone back to Groningen and have settled a bit, we are happy to share another set of great events for the upcoming weeks! Most of us will have another week before exams begin, which is why we can still enjoy some wild parties or interesting lectures.

The upcoming days, you can go visit our very own Simon Friedrich as he talks about nuclear energy, or you can burn all your own energy while partying with VICE and record label Burning Fik. If you’d rather watch a movie, you can enjoy Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. If you’re anything like me, you enjoy watching a movie in your PJs and lucky for you, that’s also possible.

Keep reading to find out what else you can experience in the following weeks!


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Art & Culture


Europe and the US: The future of NATO

January 14, 20:00 - 22:00 in Café De Troubadour, Peperstraat 19

Before the winter break, we posted about this event as well. Sadly, the event had to be postponed then. Luckily, we can now still go to this interesting lecture by Michel Rentenaar about the Europe, the US and the future of NATO. Rentenaar has lived and worked all over the world, and there is no doubt that his experience and expertise will make for an interesting lecture in which he will share his views on the role of NATO and the current relationships between Europe and the US.


Price: FREE. Find more info here.


Nuclear energy advocacy: effective climate activism?

January 16, 20:00 - 21:30 at the Faculty of Philosophy, Oude Boteringestraat 52

Next to his teaching of philosophy of science at UCG, our very own Dr. Simon Friedrich is an advocate for considering nuclear energy as a clean and scalable alternative to fossil fuels and renewables. In this lecture, Simon will discuss the risks of nuclear energy and the many misconceptions around this form of energy. He will compare these risks to the benefits that nuclear energy could have for us. Make sure to see pay a visit to this interesting lecture by our own philosopher of physics!


Price: FREE. For more info, check here.


Designer Babies and CRISPR Bananas

January 24, 20:00 - 21:30 at Academy Building, Broerstraat 5

What if we could eliminate malaria by ‘rewriting’ the DNA of mosquitos? Or design a super tasty banana that is immune to viruses, or even better; delete hereditary diseases in humans by simply cutting out the responsible genes? New techniques that can make adjustments in the blueprint of life, DNA, are rapidly evolving. Genome editing is widely researched to enhance crops, to prevent epidemics, but also to design. Some of these things are already happening due to the rapid evolution of genome editing techniques like CRISPR-Cas. But aren’t we moving too fast? Can we oversee the consequences of genetic technology intervening in nature? Ethicist Jeantine Lunshof and molecular geneticist Jan Kok will discuss the whereabouts of genome editing and elaborate on the ethical dilemmas.


Price: FREE for students. Find all the info here.


VICE After Party at ESNS

January 18, 23:00-07:00 at Enzo Groningen

During Eurosonic Noorderslag, VICE and record label Burning Fik will work together to offer a wild night here in Groningen. A bunch of artists from the record label from Amsterdam will perform for free at Enzo! Check the line-up over here. Make sure to sign up ASAP, because there is a waiting list.


Price: FREE. Get on the waiting list through here.

Rewind x Die Jägerbar Groningen

Every Friday till February 23, 23:00-05:00 at Die Jägerbar

Every Friday for over a month you can dance to the greatest hits from back in the days, mixed with the best jams from the present. You can enjoy a drink while listening to anything from The Jackson 5 and Nelly to Usher and Beyoncé. Make sure to sign up to the guestlist soon.

Price: FREE, get on the guestlist here.


Announcement Dinner

January 15, 18:00-20:00 in the UCG Canteen

Another big trip to an amazing country this year! On January the 15th, Aeolus will reveal where they will bringing you during the April break. There will be amazing local food, provided by the Sleeping Lasagnas and Aeolus will give you all information needed for the Trip. Sign-ups open right after the dinner!


Price: €5. Sign up here.


Kung Fu Class

January 17, 19:00-20:00 in Classroom 004 at UCG

We bring to you: Kung Fu Classes! In these classes you will learn the ins and outs of this martial art. Joran and his assistant will teach you about the power of your own body and he will help you develop control, strength and endurance, both physically as and mentally. In Joran’s own words: "In my Kung Fu lessons I focus the attention on knowledge and effectiveness. I find the combination of traditional Kung Fu and the realistic side of street fighting very important. Furthermore, I believe your mental state to be very important in Kung Fu. Kung Fu is a tool to use in many aspects of live. My goal is to make people stronger, faster and more agile, both physically and mentally, with humour and patience." The event is open for all to join. Caerus members  pay €2 euros for each class, on-Caerus members and staff pay €3 per class. The classes are every Thursday of block 2 in classroom 004 from 18:00 to 19:00. See you there and make sure to inform anyone who might be interested too!


Price: €2


FIFA Tournament

January 24, 19:00 at MASMAS Groningen

Finally, another FIFA-tournament! Even though you don't really stand a chance to win against the superior Ronaldolaf and Maradonamit, but it would be nice if you'd try.  There are 16 spots available. First come, first serve so tell us as soon as possible if you want to play. Kick off is at 19.00. Please come no later than 18:45. (Even earlier if you want the best view of the pitch.) Entrance (a chance of winning the ballon d'Or) is 5 euros.


Price: €5, Sign up for one of the 16 spots through here.

Art & Culture

University Cats

January 15-20, 13:00-17:00 at the University Museum
To celebrate RUG’s very own new university cat Prof. Doerak, the university museum has collected pictures of cats living close to campuses or universities all over the world. Since the university museum is close to the library, this exhibition is perfect for a short but edutaining break from studying for the exams.


Price: FREE with student card, so don't miss this adorably fluffy exhibition! For more information, go here.


Pajama Movie night!

January 19, 22:00-01:30 at Flatbar Selwerd II, Esdoornlaan 226C

Imagine you want to do something fun on a Saturday night, but you can't be bothered to go clubbing. Then this is the perfect place to go! Get into your comfiest pyjamas and spend your evening watching movies in great company.

Price: FREE, suggest your own favourite movies to watch here.


CUT!: The Great Dictator | VERA Zienema

January 22, 20:30-22:30 at Vera Zienema

Travel back in time to America's 1930s with the classic Charlie Chaplin movie The Great Dictator. First there will an introduction by an expert on the theme of the movie and afterwards you will get your daily dose of laughter looking at the satirical movie projected with an authentic projector.

Price: 6 euros, get your tickets here.


That was it for this week, now go out and enjoy! See you next week with more events!

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