The Venue

The conference will be held in the theatre complex “de Oosterpoort”, with the exception of the opening lecture on Wednesday evening, which will be in the Academy building of the University.

Location Oosterpoort (SPOT)*: Trompsingel 27, 9724 DA Groningen
Academy Building:  Broerstraat 5 9712 CP Groningen

* Smoking is prohibited in this venue by the city of Groningen


Oosterpoort (SPOT)


On 27 June 1909 the Academy Building was newly inaugurated after the building was entirely destroyed by fire in 1906. It was built according to the early seventeenth century North Netherlands Renaissance style the patrons used to refer to the period in which the university was established. Sculptor Petrus Ackermans designed five allegorical sculptures. Minerva  is standing in full suit of armour on top of the Academy Building with a helmet on and carrying a spear and coat of arms.  Scientia  and  Historia  represent science and history respectively. Prudentia stands for wise policy and Mathematica  for mathematics.

The University of Groningen is a public research university of more than 30,000 students in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Founded in 1614, the university is one of the most traditional and prestigious in the Netherlands.

Academy Building