Date: Friday, August 18th
Time: 18:30 – 20:00 (Room open from 18:00 h)
Location: Energy Academy Building, Nijenborgh 6, Zernike Campus

It makes sense to have a debate on renewable energy at the most sustainable –and for that matter the chosen most beautiful- building in Groningen. This evening the University of Groningen will be hosting the viewing of a Dutch TV network VPRO documentary as a guideline for a public debate on the topic of renewable energy at the Energy Academy Building on Zernike Campus. Free admission and open to anyone with an interest. We appreciate your registration via the Facebook event page, so we can get an indication of the number of attendants (max seats 300).


This evening’s meet up and the debate will be lead by Jaap De Wilde, professor in International Relations and Security Studies at the University of Groningen. De Wilde has been involved in discussions on environmental security and sustainability for decades and he will be on safe grounds with his broad and global view on the matters at hand. The debate will be in English and the perspective will be international, as part of the audience will consist of PhD students from all over the world who traveled to Groningen to attend the Energy Summer School.


To register: click ‘Gaat’ on the event page of Facebook/tegenlichtmeetupgroningen 

Note: Building & room are open from 18:00 h, start and end time of the Meet Up are firm (due to building security)


How to get to Energy Academy Europe Building:

Bus (stops in front of main entrance) more info here

Bicycle : parking underneath building at the rear

Car: limited parking space on P1 (you are advised to travel by bicycle or by bus – limited car park facilities on campus only)

VPRO’s ‘Tegenlicht’ (‘backlight’) documentaries are much appreciated and designed to trigger discussion and debate, and the lead for regular ‘Tegenlicht Meet Up’ events in Amsterdam. Now Groningen hosts its own, this time on the topic of renewable energy. De documentary ‘The Breakthrough of Renewable Energy’ will be viewed at one of the lecture halls of the new, sustainable and awarded Energy Academy-building.

From the documentary: A silent revolution is taking over the world: renewable energy is now becoming cheaper than fossil fuels. More and more the choice for wind- and solar energy is not just the ethical option but an economic choice. This will accelerate the transition to a renewable, sustainable energy system.


Dr Jaap de Wilde is professor in International Relations & Security Studies at the Department of International Relations & International Organization (IRIO), and the Centre for International Relations Research (CIRR), University of Groningen.

Together with Dr Anne Beaulieu (EnergySense) he initiated the yearly Groningen Energy Summer School (GESS) in 2012. His involvement in discussions on environmental security and sustainability date back to the early 1990s. He was co-editor of The World at the Crossroads: Towards a Sus¬tain-able, Equitable and Liveable World, London: Earth¬scan (1994).

He is co-founder and governor of Globalisation Studies Groningen ( From 2013 to 2017 he was chairman of the Dutch Foundation for Peace Research. From 2001 to 2007, De Wilde was professor in European Security Studies at the Department of Political Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and from 1995-2007 senior research fellow in European Studies and IR at the Centre for European Studies (CES), University of Twente. From 1993-1995 he worked as senior research fellow at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI).

His publications include: “Anachronistic Research in International Relations and Security Studies”, In: E.D. Jacob, Ed., Rethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017: 29-40). Anne Beaulieu, Jaap de Wilde & Jacquelien Scherpen, Eds., Smart Grids from a Global Perspective (Springer, 2016). Barry Buzan, Ole Wæver & Jaap de Wilde, Security: A New Framework for Analysis (Rienner, 1998).