aula kleinSome 50 social scientists from the U4 network universities (comprising professors, postdocs and PhD students from Gent, Groningen, Göttingen and Uppsala) gathered in Göttingen for a conference on 12-14 October 2012. In what was termed a "bazaar conference" (focusing more on existing research than a single topic) they looked for common research interests and seeked to establish areas for future cooperation.

U4 LogoOn 7 and 8 October Groningen hosts the Vth Rectors' Meeting. During this two-day meeting all clusters and working groups will present their work-in-progress and their future ambitions to the gathered rectors.

This year's meeting welcomes a new U4 rector: Eva Äkesson from Uppsala University. Well-known are Rector Paul van Cauwenberge (Ghent University), President Ulrike Beisiegel (Georg-August Universität Göttingen), and President Sibrand Poppema (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).

The aim of the rectors' meeting is to focus on the line of policy for 2013 and to present the U4 roadmap for the coming year.

Ageing BrainFrom August 26 till September 1 the University of Groningen hosts the 'NEU4EU Translational Neurosciences Summer School 'Ageing Brain' - approaches to investigate brain ageing. The Summer School is open to PhD students with a special interest in normal and abnormal ageing of the brain. The emphasis of the course will be on neurodegenerative diseases and the discovery/development on new (detection/imaging) technology and treatments.

aula kleinThe goal of the conference is to foster cooperation between individual researchers, groups, and institutes across the U4 universities.

The joint conference is labelled "bazaar". This means that participants are invited to show what they have "on offer" - what it is that they focus on in their research - and shop around in order to meet new contacts in their field of study.

The conference topic "Global governance and regulation" is meant to be interpreted broadly. As a theme it mainly relates to social sciences, law and economics, but also other approaches are most welcome!

Logo UGOEThe University of Göttingen celebrates its 275th anniversary. The university was established in 1737 the spirit of the Enlightenment. It gained prominence when seven professors protested against the withdrawal of liberty rights in 1837. This group, the 'Göttingen Seven' paved the way for others and their courage to defend academic freedom and to voice protest. In 1957, a group, the 'Göttingen 18' voiced their opposition to the government's plan for nuclear armament of the armed forces.

The university celebrates its anniversary with various events during the week of May 29 – June 1. The week includes academic events, but also a festival for staff, and sports and cultural events. The exhibition "Objects of Knowledge" will open with a preview exhibition on June 2, and the university is expecting more than 500 international alumnis who have been invited to return to Göttingen for the celebrations.