Evolve: public outreach program in Groningen city centre

On the occasion of ESEB2017, we have organised a public outreach program on evolutionary biology in Groningen city centre. The program is hosted by the Noorderzon performing arts festival in the Noorderplantsoen park (see map) and jointly organised by the local ESEB organising committee and ScienceLinx, the University of Groningen science center.

The Evolve program runs from Sunday, August 20 through Thursday, August 24, daily from 14:00 to 22:00h. During the day, we have an interactive program with workshops, experiments and a safari through the park. In the evenings, there are lectures and a theatre show (both in Dutch). Inspired by the ‘meet-the-scientist’ sessions in Lausanne (ESEB2015), we also host an evolution café, where people can talk to evolutionary biologists. For more information on the program, see www.rug.nl/sciencelinx/noorderzon. 

One of the highlights of the program is a public lecture on evolutionary medicine by Prof. Randy Nesse, Tuesday August 22 at 20:00h. We have reserved a limited number of free tickets for ESEB participants, on a first-come first-serve basis - please claim your ticket before Monday 19:30 at the information desk in the conference venue.

The Noorderzon festival is held annually and presents theatre, dance, music, literature and visual art as well as a diverse selection of eateries. This year it runs from August 17 to 27, daily from 14:00 to 01:00h. The festival terrain is freely accessible, but some of the performances require a ticket. Some of the acts are in Dutch but others are in English or do not involve any language. For more information, see www.noorderzon.nl. 

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We invite you to visit our Evolve Pavillion (Sun-Thu) as well as the rest of the festival!