Drs. Arend van Essen studied Classical Languages and Theology between 1972 and 1981. Between 2004 and 2009 he added a History Major to his CV. Currently he teaches at RUG at the Faculty of Medicine. He teaches History at the Faculty of Arts.


Drs. van Essen will be the chairman during this year’s historical conference.


The Conference Committee


Every year, the study association of GHD Ubbo Emmius assembles a committee to organize its yearly historical conference. The conference committee of this year consists out of seven members: Ireen Besseling (chairwoman), Iris Loois (vice-chairwoman), Iris Bartels (secretary), Lars van den Brink (treasurer), Othmar Versteeg (PR), Carmen de Graaf (PR), Joas de Jong (general member). We hope that this year’s conference will be an exciting and fascinating experience for all!


GHD Ubbo Emmius


The Groninger Historisch Dispuut Ubbo Emmius was founded in 1936. It is the study association for student of history at the University of Groningen. During the academic year, we organize a number of activities, varying from a History congress, several lectures and excursions, to parties, small get-togethers and theatre performances. During these events we will take pictures, culminating at the end of the year in an association’s Yearbook, put together by the Almanac-committee.


At the beginning of the year, generally a week before classes start, we organise an introduction camp for first year students. This is an event that proves successful and memorable each year. All these activities are organised by the different committees of Ubbo. Under the tab ‘committees’ you can find which committees there are and what they are all about. Ubbo also offers student mentoring for first year students and a large discount on textbooks. The board of Ubbo Emmius is in charge of day to day management of the entire association and coordinates its different committees. The board changes each year. Under the tab ‘board’ you can find this year’s board, as well as those of previous years.


Ubbo Emmius is a study association, not a student association: it is exclusively for history students. Informality and sociability are core values in our association: no obligations, only opportunities.


Membership is not expensive: just €17 a year, to be paid at the start of the academic year. This means that the member discount on textbooks is generally higher than the cost of membership itself! The only obligation when becoming a member is paying the annual membership fee. However, it would be nice to welcome you to an activity. Not only are these guarantees for a good time, but you also get to know your fellow students. So, don’t hesitate and become a member!


To visit the Ubbo Emmius website, click here!