T.F.V. 'Professor Francken'

The study association for engineering physics in Groningen

About the association

T.F.V. ‘Professor Francken’ is the study association for Engineering Physics, connected to the University of Groningen. It is named after Groningen’s first professor of Applied Physics and is for students and staff of the applied physics departments.

It has over 1100 members and organizes, among other, field trips in the Netherlands, an annual symposium and a foreign excursion. Various activities, including the introductory activities for first-year students, Expedition Strategy (a yearly event organised to introduce students to strategy consultancy in the Randstad), and the Beta Business Days (a career event for science students), are organised in partnership with brother associations. Membership is a must for physics students with a technical orientation.

Become a member

A membership at our association costs only €5,- per year and comes with many benefits such as free coffee and tea from our members room. Each year we organise many study and career related activities such as practice sessions for your exams as well lectures and excursions to companies to help you be informed about future job opportunities.

Preview of the latest Francken Vrij edition

The latest Francken Vrij

Francken Vrij is the popular science magazine of the Technisch Fysische Vereniging ‘Professor Francken’ and is distributed to its members, sponsors and other interested parties. The magazine has a different theme every edition that in some way has a connection to engineering physics, and generally might contain the following:

  • A scientific article from one of the research groups
  • A theoretical view of something pertaining to the theme
  • The story of a member that did an internship or has started working
  • A challenging puzzle

Below you can download the latest edition of the Francken Vrij, or go to the archive including all published Francken Vrij magazines.

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The latest news

26 Mar 2022 Posted by Melav Salih

Career journey blog

As the year is coming to an end, many of you must be scrambling to find a thesis project that interests you and thinking about what you want to do next. That’s why I thought of starting a simple ‘career journey’ blog tailored to Applied Physics in RUG. If you are studying physics, astronomy or maths, most things are probably also applicable to you.
06 Jul 2021 Posted by Charlotte Broekmeulen

Francken is sustainable!

Francken now has the Bronze Green Label by the Green Office Groningen. Special thanks to 'Charm'!
04 Mar 2021 Posted by Fraccie '20-'21

Fraccie '20-'21

Check out what the Fraccie's been up to this year!


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