Early hominine became extinct due to climate change


An international team of researchers, including VU Earth scientist Didier Roche, made a climate reconstruction in Southeast Africa. It seems that one of the early hominins, a specialized herbivore, has died out due to increasing drought.

Test of fundamental physics via laser precision measurements of hydrogen


New ultraprecise laser measurements of hydrogen molecules by the VU LaserLaB have led to four papers published in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters in the first half of 2018.

Novel upcoming satellite sensors will provide critical information about fires


Hyperspectral satellite sensors will lead to a better understanding of fires, say scientists in a study led by VU Earth Scientist Sander Veraverbeke.

Two Vidi grants for Faculty of Science


Science researchers Sander Veraverbeke (Earth Sciences) and Jasmin Christian Blanchette (Computer Science) both receive a NWO Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros.

Inventor World Wide Web speaks at VU University


Sir Tim Berners-Lee will give a lecture on the future of the World Wide Web at the ACM Web Science Conference.

Gregg Siegal new professor of Biophysical techniques for drug discovery at AIMMS


The Executive Board of the VU appoints Gregg Siegal as professor of the Biophysical techniques for drug discovery chair, starting 1 April 2018.

£1.8M grant for robot evolution research Guszti Eiben


Guszti Eiben, VU Professor on Artificial Intelligence, and a team of British fellow scientists from Bristol, Edinburgh and York have received a grant to further investigate Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE).

VU researchers develop nanobodies targeting a viral chemokine receptor to impair glioblastoma growth


In a recent publication in Oncogene, Medicinal Chemistry researchers Raimond Heukers, Tian Shu Fan, Raymond de Wit and colleagues under supervision of Martine Smit (STW, Vici project) reveal the implications of a virally-encoded receptor in the acceleration of glioblastoma growth and provide a means to inhibit this activity using nanobodies targeting this receptor.

NWO awards TOP and ECHO grants to VU researchers


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Professor of the Biophysics of Photosynthesis Roberta Croce and Associate Professor of Synthetic Chemistry Eelco Ruijter the TOP and ECHO grants, respectively.

Ancient partnerships abandoned when alternatives emerge


Even the most ancient cooperative partnerships that have survived for hundreds of millions of years, can break down when new options in nature arise.

Comenius Senior Fellow grant for Prof. Jacqueline van Muijlwijk-Koezen


Prof. Jacqueline van Muijlwijk-Koezen receives the 100k Euros grant for her project ‘didactics for 3D reasoning with a virtual reality tool’.

Theoretical chemists on cover of ChemComm


VU Theoretical chemists Trevor A Hamlin and Matthias Bickelhaupt have revealed how magnesium ions lower the reaction barrier in enzymatic triphosphate hydrolysis (a key step in DNA replication and other reactions that are vital to life), using quantum chemical methods.

18 million euro from NWO for the Ruisdael Observatory


Since the industrial revolution the composition and structure atmosphere and our climate have changed due to emissions of greenhouse gases, air pollution and fine particulate matter (aerosol). The Ruisdael Observatory, a consortium of five Dutch universities, including the VU, and four research institutes, aims to thoroughly measure and model the changes in the atmosphere above the Dutch territory. In this way the Ruisdael Observatory will create an accurate picture of the changes of local weather, climate and air quality.

Finetuning photoresponsive ligands for future therapies


Niels Hauwert, Tamara Mocking and colleagues from the Division of Medicinal Chemistry developed a new technique using photoresponsive small molecules and light to dynamically modulate the signaling properties of a complex transmembrane protein. The research has been published in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society.

According to students, two masters from the Faculty of Science are ‘Top Programmes’


VU Amsterdam has two master programmes that deserve the title ‘Top Programme’: Hydrology, and Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems.