Within our society essential questions arise. Questions where existing knowledge or googling does not offer a solution. Applied, innovative and coherent, often expensive, research is required.

Not all organizations can afford that kind of research. Our Science Shop on Medicine and Public Health connects those with questions to those with the skills to research them. Students in Groningen will do the research. For free.

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Societal questions, academic answers

All of our research benefits society directly.

All Science Shops of the University of Groningen perform society focused research for various (non-profit) organisations. Main themes are:

  • Energy
  • Healthy Ageing
  • Sustainable Society

As we are a Science Shop for Medicine and Public health, we mainly do research on healthy ageing which is the focus of UMCG research.

  • Our five other science shops cover almost every research question anyone can think of:

  • Co-ordinators of the Science Shops in various faculties match questions to student research and provide assistance if needed. We also monitor feasibility, objectivity and publicity in the projects. Projects for both bachelor and master students are available.

    • We answer societal questions through research
    • Academic findings are implemented before we start our research
    • Our findings are implemented after our research
  • Through the years we have focused on aspects of healthy aging, for example in our projects on chronic conditions.

    Chronic conditions for which no treatment is available, are are often not of great interest to doctors. This is not surprising, because it is also very frustrating for a doctor not to be able to cure a patient. But these patients are left with their chronic fatigue, ringing in the ears, headaches or intestinal complaints.

    We set up a string of projects answering questions like:

    • How of these patients daily lifes are affected by their condition.
    • What factors influence the quality of their lifes?

    Our results help patient organizations to seek understanding and support from patients and their environment.