Groningen is a historic town and has been a settlement since the third century. It currently has 182.000 inhabitants which places it among the ten biggest cities in Holland. Groningen has a direct train connection to Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam. It is a vibrant student town with a population dominated by people in their twenties. The University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) was founded in 1614 has a long tradition of academic excellence, being one of the oldest research universities in Europe. Currently approximately 23,000 students are enrolled and every year about 250 PhD students defend their theses. It has a highly international character: English is the main language in the research laboratories.


The laboratories, the University, the city, the surroundings


The chemistry department and our laboratories

Entrance hallCanteen


The University buildings

credits: kite aerial photograph by Eric KieboomAcademiegebouw hall


The city of Groningen

Grote MarktMuseum
Centraal StationGracht


The neighbouring island of Schiermonnikoog

The neighboring island of Schiermonnikoog



Other group photos

Group PhotoGroup Photo


Here is the whole department busy with some non-scientific activities:



Credits for the first and fourth pictures in "The University buildings" section: kite aerial photography by Eric Kieboom.