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Normal 8fff9e7016b5be5b3f11c13d498b906976ef5694 Poverty and education: close the gap The gap between rich and poor worldwide is bigger than ever, according to recent research by Oxfam Novib. Less than thirty billionaires own together as much as the poorest half of the world's population, 3.8 billion people. Furthermore, whereas the wealth of those billionaires rises sharply every year, the poorest own less and less. Such extreme inequality has negative consequences, socially, economically and politically, says Oxfam Novib.   How can you counter this growing inequality? ‘Education plays a very important role,' says economist Petros Milionis. Together with Mariko Klasing, he conducts research in Groningen into the causes and consequences of educational inequality. 'Differences in education level lie at the basis of differences in welfare level. That is why we would like to find out how that educational inequality arises and can possibly be combated.’ The big differences are not only between countries, but also between regions within a country.       Petros Milionis: 'You see that both knowledge and economic growth are concentrated in metropolitan areas, while other regions are falling behind and becoming poorer. Unfortunately, such regional figures are not sufficiently available and comparable now for us to be able to conduct extensive research. Mariko Klasing: 'We want to bring all that data, worldwide and regional, over a long period of about 50 years together and hope to gain insight into connections and patterns. For example, with these data you can find out whether a school system contributes to more or less inequality for women or minorities, and also what is the development of educational inequality in different age groups.'         The intention is that the data will eventually be made public so that more researchers can use it worldwide. Making all data accessible costs around € 40,000. A junior researcher can be appointed with that money. Because they do not have a research budget, Petros and Mariko seek support from former students and others who support research at the University of Groningen. Their research on the gender gap in education last year has already yielded surprising results. Traditionally, women worldwide have a lower education than men. However, since the fifties of the last century there has been a huge catch-up. In most developed countries, women now even have a higher education. The main cause: the improvements in healthcare after the Second World War have had much more influence on women than men. The average life expectancy of women rose much more and, for example, vaccination appears to have more impact on women. With your help, Petros and Mariko can expand their research and gain knowledge about how the fight against educational inequality in the world can best be tackled. Please help them to close the gap and donate! Any amount is welcome! € 0 Raised € 40.500 Target 0% Reached
Normal 8f5d748672377b3c97f1c3f5d30408cf130f1e48 10k for 10k, cycling for cancer research One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Almost half of them will not make it. Cancer researcher Anika Nagelkerke wants to improve the treatment of cancer. Both in her lab coat and on her bicycle.     "Predicting which treatment or drug will cure a patient’s cancer proves extremely challenging. Fighting cancer is like trying to hit a moving target: cancer cells change all the time and they like to keep themselves hidden in a pool of healthy cells. It’s as if you’re picking out the blue m&m’s with your eyes closed."   Her research focusses on understanding how cancer cells respond to treatment. In the team's laboratories, they are bioengineering models for cancer from the bottom up. This allows the researchers to determine which environmental parameters are important in a cancer’s response to treatment. The researchers want to use this information to predict which treatment is the best for which patient, improving chances of survival. 10k for 10k In 10k for 10k, Anika plans to cycle 10.000 kilometer to raise € 10.000 to support her research. In 2019, Anika is challenging herself to get active and cycle 10.000 kilometers to raise € 10.000 to support this research. Would you please sponsor her kilometers and help her achieve this goal?I Any donation is welcome! About Anika Nagelkerke Anika Nagelkerke works as assistant professor in the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy at the University of Groningen. Anika: "I am a young scientist setting up my first independent research group. Science is my passion and I am particular attracted to exploring how biology works. I am applying this curiosity to cancer research, through which I want to contribute to improving the quality of life of people with cancer. Cancer does not discriminate and it can affect all of us. Cancer patients and their loved ones need to know that they are not alone. We work hard every single day to come up with new strategies to beat cancer. However, developing these technologies does not come cheap. Materials and equipment are very expensive. With crowdfunding, we could make a start. In addition to science, I really enjoy cycling (obviously…). Cycling makes you happy, gives you freedom and it offers a more intense awareness of your surroundings. On my bike, somehow my scientific creativity is stimulated and many research ideas find their origin there. I want to cycle for cancer research. Will you sponsor me?    € 3.000 Raised € 10.000 Target 30% Reached
Normal 62fa8fe58937aa4047171be3b66a509695ac4a9e Salt marshes: crucial for coastal protection, CO2 storage and birds The salt marshes in the Wadden Sea - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - are one of the few truly pristine ecosystems in North-West Europe. Their well-developed vegetation is crucial to protect the coast, for the carbon storage, and it acts as a key stop-over for many migrating birds. Climate change, e.g. the rising sea levels, can cause permanent damage on salt marshes. In this respect Schiermonnikoog is seen as a ‘last resort’.   Prof.dr. Joana Falcao Salles "please give for more insight into the impact of climate change on salt marshes" The research To understand the impact of future climate change scenarios on salt marshes, I want to study the mutualist interactions between plant, microbes and soil detritivores in the salt marsh. The need The main part of the funding will be used for the unique research technique called ‘metatranscriptomic’. This technique is required to map the processes that influence the biochemical changes in salt marsh and processes by which the microbial community stimulates the growth of plants and live on the soil. You support helps me to understanding this process which is crucial to quantify the impact of future climate change scenarios on salt marshes, as well as to developing restoration strategies of degraded areas, under natural and stressed environmental conditions. The outcomes are crucial to support wildlife more broadly across other Wadden Sea island and down the coastal areas in the mainland. Would you please help us? We welcome any donation!   Joana Falcao Salles Faculty of Science and EngineeringGELIFES — Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences € 0 Raised € 25.000 Target 0% Reached
Normal 2be2b6da9da55182776c50c93ed4824f94147347 Support research in systemic leadership "There is no flow at all," "the same endless discussion every time," "I feel tired and drained..." These are only a few of the statements ambitious young professionals, working in a (large) organization, have shared. They thought they would bring innovation and inspiration to their workplace, but instead they became stuck in a swamp of procedures, elusive processes and stubborn habits. How can you, as a young professional, bring innovation in the often cumbersome and complex organizations, and also ensure that you stay true to yourself without burning out? But most importantly: how do you prepare for this?  An effective way to do this is to use the systemic method. This method helps you understand the social and organizational context in which we work, and is already frequently used in leadership development and team building. The current application of the systemic method is based on years of practical experience, but lacks a solid scientific basis. Without this scientific basis, it is difficult to introduce and use this method in education. That is unfortunate, because the development of self-leadership, particularly among students and young professionals, is seen as key element in dealing with and responding to societal challanges. Better self-management also contributes to overall wellbeing and helps prevent health problems, such as burnout.  Salome Scholtens, from the Department of Health Psychology at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at the University of Groningen (UG), is conducting research on this method. She needs € 25,000 for research to gain insight into the effectiveness of the systemic method for self-leadership training. A junior researcher will be appointed to collect the existing scientific knowledge, to conduct studies on how the method works, and to share the insights and results with the community. This will result in an effective, scientifically based method that can be implemented in education. Having more scientific evidence not only improves the quality of the method, it also increases the use of this method in educational institutions and organizations. The beginning is here: in 2017 and 2018, the systemic method was applied for the first time in medical education in Groningen and use in the development of medical leadership. An important characteristic of this research is that it is conducted according to the  Open Science principles. Salome Scholtens wants her research to be as transparent as possible, to share the results with as many people as possible, and to create a connection with the community. Hence, a website has been set up to share to the progress and results of the research (www.seedsandleaves.nl). Do you want to support this research? You can make Salome Scholtens’s vision possible. The € 25,000 is needed for hiring a junior researcher and carrying out the research. Donate here or help us by sharing the page on your social media, or with your family, friends, and colleagues. The UG and UMCG constantly strive to improve education. In addition, they implement innovative methods that have proven valuable in other fields. It is important for the UG and UMCG to contribute to finding a strong scientific foundation for this innovative method. In this research project active collaboration with training organizations, consultant agencies, and (team) coaches in the Northern region, including the Bert Hellinger Institute Netherlands are established. Thus, the results from this research can be directly applied in practice. € 785 Raised € 25.000 Target 3% Reached