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Vera is thé center of underground Pop-Culture in Groningen, or as we'd like to say it: Club for the International Pop Underground. Every week there are about 3 or 4 concerts, a movie night, a free downstage concert and a weekly dance-night. When you visit Vera you will get the opportunity to have a backstage tour.

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Axon Medchem is a leading European service platform for medicinal chemistry, spinned-off from Axon Biochemicals BV. Together with Axon Biochemicals BV, it conducts business operations as a contract research organization (CRO) in medicinal chemistry. Subsequent to the spin-off in 2006, Axon Medchem has developed as a prime source of high-value life science products, providing Axon Ligands™ for pharmaceutical research as world-wide recognized drug standards.

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The BDC focuses on biomarker verification and validation in a multi-centric setting involving technology-oriented and clinical centers. The major disease areas are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diabetes Type II and Alzheimer’s Disease. BDC has prepared for you an introduction into the biomarkers and also a tour in the laboratories. It is an initiative of the University of Groningen (RUG), the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam (EMC), the Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen (RUMC) and Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

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SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research is the principle Dutch institute for space research, with establishments in Utrecht and Groningen. SRON develops novel technologies to apply in our space cameras, to discover and understand new phenomena in space. The cameras are launched onboard ESA and NASA scientific satellites. During the visit the track record, future missions and the way of working at SRON will be explained. A tour will show you the camera technology being developed in their research labs.

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Since 2008, astronomical observatory placed on the top of the Bernoulliborg at Zernike, offers possibility to dwell in observation of space for general public and students. It organizes public events and trips to Cannary IsIands for Astronomy students to enable the application of the Blaauw practice in professional one week astronomy research.

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Interested in chemistry? Then PolyVation is exactly what you are looking for! PolyVation is a chemical company that provides research, synthesis and manufacturing services relating to polymers for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. They take care of process development, up-scaling and manufacturing on multi-kilogram batch scales. One of the persons involved in this field of studies is the Nobel Prize winning professor at the University of Groningen, Ben Feringa!

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Lifelines is a company that contributes to the goal of healthy aging. It is a large research company which collects data from over 167.000 inhabitants in the Northern Provinces. The research participants cover three different generations and will be monitored for a total of 30 years! Lifeline provides insight in extensive research and offers a dynamic working space for development of its employees.

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The Green Office coordinates and initiates projects related to sustainability at the University of Groningen. They are an interdisciplinary team consisting of students and a coordinator, who is an employee at the UG. The Green Office organize events throughout the academic year which focus on sustainability and raise awareness for the environment. Examples of the events are lectures, workshops, excursions, movie nights etc.

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Footballclub FC Groningen is a highly connected organisation within the city and province of Groningen. FC Groningen plays football at the highest level in the Dutch football league – called the Eredivisie. Matches held in Groningen are played at their home stadium the Euroborg, this stadium can seat more than 22,000 supporters! Tour the stadium and explore how football clubs earned their money.

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Kardinge is the largest multi-purpose sports center in Northern Netherlands. Over half a million visitors are welcomed every year. Skating, swimming, tennis, squash and working out in the gym: everything is possible.

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Launch Cafe was founded as a place to inspire people, a meeting point for entrepreneurs and where you can improve your business. The beauty of the Launch Cafe is that it is a flexible working space for entrepreneurs without the disadvantages of the long rental contracts. Everything will be taken care of and it will be a place where you would love to go to! “Intermediar Magazine” chose Launch Cafe as the number one flexible working space which lead to the expansion of the office in 2014. This is a great opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship and the flexible options that Groningen has to offer!

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PWC is a company that focuses on different areas within businesses such as Audit & Assurance, Capital markets, Taxes and Staff & Support. PWC offers countless opportunities within these fields for students in the form of education, internships and jobs. It is a multinational there is very focused on providing opportunities for students. Are you interested in one of these fields then this company visit could be very valuable for you!

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The Big Building can be found in the former post office building near the central station. The building was ready to be demolished but is now used as a large office space for start-ups who need flexible office space. Networking, collaborating and sharing are very important factors which influence the learning curve of the startups that are using office space in the big building. It is a similar setting as the Launch Café and Founded in Groningen but offers very large spaces for the start-ups. Make sure to check out the unique possibilities that it offers!

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Hooghoudt is a local producer of several alcoholic beverages, including jenever, beerenburg, liqueurs and more. You might be wondering what two out of three of those are. You will find out on Saturday. During the visit, you will first receive a welcome drink, which will be followed by a tour of the distillery and a chance to try some of their products (non alcoholic beverages are also an option). Although Hooghoudt is a product from Groningen, it is famous nation wide. Join us on this trip and find out why.

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If you haven't stepped much off the concrete, you might have missed the fact that Dutch nature is quite amazing. In the north-west part of the province lies a beautiful national park which consists mostly of water, but is surrounded by little beaches, wooded areas and pastures. You will be shown around by a tour guide who will take you to the best spots and tell you everything you need to know about this magnificent place. We are sure that this will only be the first of your many visits.

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Seals. Cute, chubby, bouncy seals. This information should be sufficient to make you buy your ticket, but if you insist on more, here it comes. Some of those adorable creatures are not doing so well. Aww :( That is where the rehabilitation centre comes into play. There they nurse sick and injured seals back to health. During your visit you will not only get to see the seals, but also get a peek behind the curtain. The guides will show you the emergency room, operation room, kitchen and more. Are you buying your ticket yet?

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Not far outside our lovely city lies a historic area called Reitdiep. By going for a walk through this area you will cross a dyke, visit a flour mill and see some pretty great artwork that was placed at specific points in the city to celebrate its 950th birthday back in 1990. These are just a few examples of what you will see. If you want to know more, you know what to do. Take a tour through history and let your guides tell you the tales of past times. Oh, and please don't feed the cattle.

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Welcome to the year 1742. While you're here, get to know the fortress that no enemy forces have ever managed to conquer (not due to lack of trying). Let the guides tell you all about the enemie's failed attempts to invade Bourtange and many other interesting stories about life back in the day. This location was insanely popular last year. Find out why by embarking on a journey through this star shaped fortress, see a ton of cool old stuff and learn what an (ironically) innocent looking wooden horse was used for (fair warning: this one might send chills down your spine).

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Here you can enjoy various gardens which the guides will show you. In the Chinese garden you will follow meandering paths enjoying the wonderful views, an island, a waterfall and other dreamy aspects of the garden. Be sure to find the tree that suits your character in the Celtic garden (each birthdate includes a tree). If you want a good view of all the gardens be sure to visit the rockery. The above mentioned gardens are just a few. During the tour you can see others, including the wild plant garden, the herb garden, the water garden and the hortensia garden.

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This fairly young brewery owes its name to the birthplace of the Pilsner, the Czech Republic. None of the beer is imported though. It is all hand brewed from Groningen's soil. And you get to see how it's done. We anticipate afterwards you will have a hard time resisting some of the locally brewed Groningen Glory. Other choices include a dark brew with a taste of apples and bananas or if you are into something more mature, a thirst quencher that is made patiently by letting it ripe in the bottle for at least four months. Thirsty yet?