General information

Here you will can read more about what SIB Groningen does.


We organize lectures and symposia on Monday nights and host conferences dealing with international topics, such as politics, world religions, environmental issues, terrorism, economics, development aid and human rights. 

Recent speakers include Carl Djerassi (inventor of the birth control pill), Andrew Feinstein (author of The Shadow World), Hans Hillen (former Dutch Minister), Larry Siems (author of Guantánamo Diary), Dick Swaab (brain researcher), Jan Pronk (diplomat and former Dutch Minister) and the Dutch astronaut André Kuipers. Most lectures last for around an hour and afterwards you have the chance to ask the speaker your own questions. 

At around 10 our drinks start where some speakers also have a drink. Besides these weekly lectures we have our yearly Diplomats Dinner, Dies Natalis conference and on every trip we visit Institutions like embassies, ministries, parliaments or for example the NATO or the OECD. Lastly, the SIB takes part in the organization of International Week and the University Peace Days.


On Mondays we have drinks and parties after the lecture. Other social events include: SIB introduction camp, SIB On Stage, Galant Gala and the parties on (international) trips.FF
You should definitely not forget the social aspect of your student life! After every lecture we have drinks (borrels). The Monday drinks can last late into the night and beer is only 1,50 and the SIB shots are 2 euro at the Troubadour (cash only for non-Members). Some drinks are organized by our Festivities Committee and some by Disputen. 

In the beginning of the year we have our Introduction Camp, which is a weekend in September where the freshmen can get to know each other and other members too. Later on we have the Inauguration, where you become an official Member; Christmas Dinner, organized by the women in the Board, New Year’s Drinks and Galant Gala.


Do you want to arrange a big speaker, plan a theme party and/or coordinate an international trip? Join our Committees! There are 13 different SIB Committees, so there is always one that suits you. 

The Board is responsible for the day-to-day management of the SIB and is supported by Committees and Project Groups. The latter are linked to a Dispuut, but everyone can apply to become a Committee member. Both are bodies that have a specific task within the SIB, for example organizing a party, lecture, conference or our Big Trip. 

Every year there are new members in each Committee. Employers highly value organizational and practical skills, so it is a great addition to your resume.


Explore the world with our 5 euro Brussels Weekend, European Hitchhiking Contest and one adventurous 8-day trip to a far away country, like Russia, Kosovo or Marocco. 

During each trip we visit Institutions such as embassies, ministries, parliaments or for example the NATO or the OECD. For only 5 euros members can enroll for our Brussels Weekend in December during which we visit two international organizations and explore the beautiful Brussels. 

Our Hitchhiking Contest is a long weekend in March where we hitchhike on the Thursday, visit two institutions on the Friday and you have the whole Saturday and every night free. The grand finale is our Big Trip, a packed 8-day trip to at least one far away country. 

Previous destinations include Armenia, Venice, Zagreb, Stockholm and Talinn. Every trip is organized either by a Dispuut or a Committee.