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Bio-cryptography: secure your data with DNA The University of Groningen annually sends a team of students to Boston to join the so-called ‘IGEM contest’, a competition where synthetic biology students can present their project, their showcase. In 2012, the team of Groningen has even become world champion! This year, in late October, students will be presenting a showcase as well.. Groningen iGEM team wants to show how data can be protected and stored using bacterial DNA. Many issues must therefore be covered by additional funding: the consumables, renting laboratories outside normal times, the registration of the team IGem 2016, the shipment of biological materials to the USA, the clearance thereof, the travel costs of students , all matters that are not covered by the regular budget of the faculty. "Our goal is to create a method for data storage and transfer-which cannot be hacked by digital means: an un-hackable safety system that stores information by combining computer science aspects together with molecular biological knowledge Given our increase increasing reliance on digital data storage. All which is vulnerable to hacking and has a limited storage capacity (compared to DNA), we believe that our project has a lot of potential. "- Eike Mahlandt, IGEM team member and student of Molecular Genetics The team could use a little boost, since participation in the IGEM contest costs money. Many costs are indeed covered by regular means, but the IGEM contest itself is outside the standard curriculum of the students. The team is busy recruiting sponsors. Therefore, the student team IGEM 2016 makes an urgent appeal to you for the additional lab costs (€ 7800, =) and the registration fee (€ 12 200, =) Will you help the team with a donation? Any amount is welcome!Or would you yourself raise funds? Then start an action and carry from it! € 50 Raised € 20.000 Target 0% Reached
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Treasures from the Caves of Qumran The University of Groningen researches one of the most important archeological findings ever: the Dead Sea Scrolls. The story of their discovery reads like a Dan Brown thriller, but the scrolls are even more exciting because they are real. Last century, the more than two-thousand-years-old manuscripts were discovered in caves close to Qumran, near the Dead Sea. With this discovery, we got the chance to study the origins and evolution of one of the roots of western society, the Bible. Whether one is religious or not, this matters as it is world heritage. Mladen Popović, director of the Qumran Institute of the University of Groningen, is a leading expert on the ancient scrolls. He wants to offer young, talented scientists in this field the chance to join him in his research. You can help. The Dead Sea Scrolls are like a time machine that shows us what people read, thought and felt centuries ago. They date back to the third century BC to the first century AD. The manuscripts were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in 11 caves close to the ancient site of Qumran, near the Dead Sea. They - almost a thousand of them! - are amongst the oldest known religious texts concerning Judaism, Christianity and the Bible. Since its establishment in 1961, the Groningen Qumran Institute has been researching the Dead Sea Scrolls. The institute is unique in the Netherlands. It is the only center where all research evolves around ancient Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Internationally, the institute plays a leading role. In 2013 Prof. Popović accomplished something no one else had done before. He succeeded in bringing a dozen original Dead Sea Scrolls - that are preserved by the Israel Antiquities Authority - to the Netherlands for an unique exhibition in the Drents Museum. Popović acted as curator and the exhibition attracted 140.000 visitors. The young director also received a prestigious European grant to research the writers of the manuscripts. Who wrote and copied the Dead Sea Scrolls? An interdisciplinary project, together with artificial intelligence, where 'the humanities meet science'. Support usA lot of questions remain unresolved. The aim of the Qumran Institute is to create extra research positions to find answers. Popović’ wish is that young, talented scientists in his field get the opportunity to come to Groningen and research a specific subtopic of their interest - for one or two years. You can help him support a new generation of experts by donating via this website. Your help is needed since there is little research funding available in this niche. You can also help us by sharing this page. Share it on Facebook, or tell your family, friends and colleagues about this initiative. Motivate others to support this research as well. Every donation helps us to move forward and unravel the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Alumni in the Netherlands have already pledged 47.750 euro's. That means that we still need 24.250 euro's to fund one postdoc researcher for one year. The Ubbo Emmius Fund will use every muscle to get the final funding for the first year, and we hope for your support. € 46.471 Raised € 70.000 Target 66% Reached
New knowledge on natural and cultural landscape dynamics Research on medieval trade routes, sod farming and a hill fort in Twente. Whether it comes to housing, new infrastructure, water storage, nature or agriculture, the Netherlands is continuously moving, and has always done so. Landscape Ecologist Harm Smeenge is developing a new discipline called ‘historical archaeology’ that combines several existing disciplines and research techniques. He chose the Northeast Twente region for his pilot study since "it is likely that there is no other place in the history of landscapes that shows more variety than Northeast Twente.” You can support Harm in his research.Harm Smeenge is a landscape ecologist and researcher at the Knowledge Centre Landscape (Dutch only) of the University of Groningen. The research of this Centre, led by Professor Theo Spek, focuses on the structure and history of the landscape and the Centre translates these insights into contemporary issues in the field of sustainability, cultural identity, spatial development and biodiversity. Harm conducts his research in Northeast Twente on the interaction between man and landscape over the past 10,000 years. He constructs this 'historical story' of Northeast Twente by linking together different disciplines: physical geography, (paleo) ecology and historical geography. Reconstructing landscapes based on this many different scientific disciplines and over such a long time span, has never been done before. Support this researchIn 2017 Harm Smeenge hopes to obtain his doctorate degree on the ecological history of Northeast Twente. The research techniques, that are used to date this landscape history precisely, are costly. The Knowledge Centre Landscape does not have sufficient resources for this unique research. Therefore Ubbo Emmius Fund seeks your support. In total, Harm Smeenge is in need of € 50,000 - for research that dates medieval trade routes, plaggen soils (sod farming) and the cultural and natural development of the medieval hill fort ‘Hunenborg’ between the building time until the present. The goal for the first part of the crowdfunding campaign is € 20, 000,-. This is intended for the date research of medieval trade routes and sod farming. With your support Harm can do this date research.Would you please help him? Donate now and support Harm's research! Dating of disappeared landscapes Medieval trade routesThe ‘Puntbeek’ is a fossil Ice age remain of the Dinkel river system. This boundary brook was once a meter wide trickle and a trade route crossed the ‘Puntbeek’ during the Middle Ages. Back then, this road was paved on a sand bar in the wet peatlands. The road was important for trade between Oldenzaal and Hanover. Nowadays, the steep bank along the ‘Puntbeek’ shows waves of sand with black peat layers. These waves were caused by horse and wagons that transported tons of Bentheim sandstone. The sandstone was used for buildings, as well as fonts and troughs, that you can still find everywhere in eastern and northern parts of the Netherlands. The intensive transport, in combination with overgrazing, led to sand shifting and eventually caused the ‘Puntbeek’ to silt. Because of that, the road to Germany became too wet and lost its function. This can be traced back to the lack of ruts in more recent strata. Much later, because of sod farming, an “es” (an “upland field”) even arose on this spot. Reclamations in the past two centuries accelerated the drainage, and thus the ‘Puntbeek’ sank two meters by its own sediment. These are the visible patterns in the bank wall (see picture). These processes need further investigation over time. Plaggen soilsThe landscape history of Twente is unique, as it is the centre of the international plaggen soils. To gain more insight into the age and use of the “upland fields”, soil research is combined with pollen and soil chemistry research. Severe shortages of minerals were once the reason to fertilize with sods. The start of sod collection in the common fields has had a major impact on the landscape. Both the development of plaggen soils as the erosion and sedimentation that followed need further investigation (e.g. with a combination of pollen and dating research). About Harm SmeengeHarm Smeenge (1979) graduated in 2005 Wageningen University after he had acquired a very broad knowledge base through three courses in the field of forest and plant ecology, nature conservation and historical ecology. In addition to his PhD at the Knowledge Centre Landscape of the University of Groningen, Harm works in Ede at the Union of Forest Landscape advisor Landscape Ecology/ Historical ecology for owners of forest and nature. Photo Puntbeek: Elmer Spaargaren. € 16.925 Raised € 20.000 Target 84% Reached
Junior Scientific Masterclass 2016 Junior Scientific Masterclass was set up to give Medicine and Dentistry students the possibility to carry out scientific research alongside their studies. The students get this opportunity offered by means of an additional study grant. The financing of this grant is done in cooperation with the Ubbo Emmius Fund (UEF), the charity fund of the University of Groningen, by organizing a phonaton campaign, crowdfunding and additional fundraising. Since the cooperation with the UEF we raised a total amount of € 139.900 and awarded 23 students an additional grant!Junior Scientific Masterclass (JSM) was set up in 1999 for the purpose of providing medical students, who are interested in scientific research, extra opportunitities in addition to the regular degree progamme.The JSM programme has grown to be a professional - adapted for medical students- educational programme alongside Medicine and Dentistry. By offering extra courses and research positions it is possible to achieve a Honours-degree within their Bachelor programme and/or achieve a MD/PhD position combined with their residency programme. JSM aims to be within the UMC Groningen a hothouse for future physician-scientists, who are willing to combine patient care and scientific research in the future. There are research problems in practically every field: whether it has to do with improving a method of surgery, finding a safe sleeping pill, finding a better treatment for cancer, discovering a malaria vaccine or a miracle cure for obesity, everywhere doctors and medical specialists are needed who have expertise in these areas and who – in conjunction for instance with laboratory-based biologists or biochemists, or epidemiologists and statisticians working in clinical epidemiology – can ensure that research findings are applied in clinical situations. What is required is students (future doctors) who enjoy research, are fascinated by research questions and would perhaps like to continue doing research after they have qualified. With your donation to JSM Medicine and Dentistry students can do scientific research and further develop themseves by doing this programme. This will give students that extra financial leeway to make the most of their research and perhaps in the future to resolve the above issues. Last year, the alumni desk of the UEF also called with the alumni of the University of Groningen for JSM. As many as 573 alumni were willing to contribute. In total we raised € 27,900. JSM has supplemented this amount to € 30,000, so that three grants of € 10,000 were awarded. The students who received a grant are: Maroesjka Spiekman for her research "Can scars be healed with own fat?". Maroesjka researches whether an injection of own fat could reduce or cure severe scarring with patients. It is known that with lipofilling, where subcutaneous fat is removed in one place in the body and injected in another place, scars often fully or partially disappear. But it is still unknown how this exactly works. More knowledge could lead to better treatment of severe scarring. Stefan Knapen for his research "Prolonged sleep, wake and mood measurement with bipolar mood disorder". Stefan is studying aspects of the biological clock and the effects on mood disorders. There are many indications that there is coherence between the sleep, wake patterns and illness episodes for patients with bipolar disorder. When that connection is found mania or depression may possibly be recognized at an earlier stage. Willem Balder for his research "RNA-seq as molecular diagnostic resort?". Willem conducts research to genetic causes of high cholesterol levels. In this interview, he talks about his research and the importance of UEF-JSM Talent Grant. FLTR Stefan Knapen, Gerard Visser (UEF), Maroesjka Spiekman, Josca Westerhof (UEF) en Willem Balder. This year we would also like to give students this chance. We hope that you will be willing to support us! The Ubbo Emmius Fund, the fundraising institute of the University of Groningen, is an independent public benefit organization, which means that your donation is tax-deductible. In addition, your donation goes for 100% to the JSM. € 24.567 Raised € 20.000 Target 122% Reached
Updates & Activities 24/08/2016 New update Could you use an extra pair of hands in the lab? Fancy a chocolate cake? Always wanted to play the guitar at your bonfire parties? Or just feel like a warm home made waffle? Come visit our auction! All incomes will contribute to the project! When: Tuesday, 13 September 2016 at 12:00 - 13:00 hrs Where: at Zernike Campus, outside the Linneausborg 29/06/2016 New donation Interesse voor deze oude geschiedenis 02/06/2016 New update Een groep donateurs, verbonden aan de zogenaamde Ubbo Emmius Fonds themakring rond de Dode Zeerollen, heeft samen een bedrag van 45.750 euro toegezegd. De themakring is een initiatief om het onderzoek naar de Dode Zeerollen, onder leiding van Mladen Popović, verder te versterken en verdiepen. Dit door fondsen te werven voor een extra onderzoeksplek voor een jonge, getalenteerde onderzoeker. We bedanken deze donateurs voor hun toegezegde steun!