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Normal 2b33b5cfdfe9fbfc6a8b78e20aaa8f0eb5ca88ac Support the godwit Two years ago, the godwit was elected as the National Bird of the Netherlands. But it does not go well with this primal Dutch migratory bird. In the past 25 years, the population more than halved. 2016 was again a dramatically bad breeding season. 30,000 Dutch godwit couples raised only 4,000 chicks, while 11,000 are needed to keep the species alive. If we are not careful, there is only a handful godwits left within a number of years. More knowledge is needed Theunis Piersma, professor Migratory Bird Ecology at the University of Groningen, and his research team, would like to determine how we can best help godwit. Piersma and his team have been studying the birds and their international habitats for years - the godwits are wintering in West Africa and migrate every spring to the Netherlands, where as many as 85 and 90% of all couple’s nest. Through this research, it is becoming increasingly clear how important changes in the environmental conditions are, mainly due to intensive agriculture, perhaps in conjunction with climate change. In 2014 Piersma has received the prestigious NWO Spinoza Prize for his research. Fly along For some time, it is possible to see what the birds are experiencing and to learn from them by - as it were - flying with them. This is made possible by equipping the godwits with small transmitter powered by very tiny solar panels, that communicates with particular satellites. Such research provides a wealth of information and can help to better protect the habitat of the godwit. Godwits with transmitters can tell us, when they’re in the wintering and breeding areas and along the route, what’s right and wrong for them, where there is plenty of high protein food, and where conditions are threatening. Please help With your help Theunis Piersma can equip more birds with a transmitter, in order to find out how we can best save the godwit. With an amount of € 20,000, he can equip godwits with a transmitter and track their hikes. We'd like to hear how we can prevent extinction of our national bird. Would you please help us?   € 6.065 Raised € 20.000 Target 30% Reached
Normal 8c465aee0f26200f02bb1af90886c5e768ba5c40 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.  € 59.556 Raised € 70.000 Target 85% Reached