Coronavirus: Updates and FAQs


Last change on Monday 30 November: As of December 1, face mask compulsory in education.

Virtual Open day Demonstrator Lab December 11, 2020


Do you want to meet the students and researchers who are incubating the next big thing at the Demonstrator Lab? Do you want to get in contact with innovative ideas that you may soon see taking the lead in the market? Are you looking for opportunities to team up with the next generation of academic entrepreneurs?

Startup one of the 10 most groundbreaking academic startups


Startup is chosen as one of the most groundbreaking academic startups from the Netherlands. They are among the ten winners of the Best Academic Startups of 2020. The digital biology startup consists of a group of interdisciplinary engineers and scientist that is based at the VU campus and works closely together with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Biology and Earth Sciences again Top programme in ‘Keuzegids’


Once again, Bachelor’s programmes of the Faculty of Science Biology and Earth Sciences score as Top programme (‘Topopleiding’) in the Dutch study choice guide Keuzegids. The ‘Keuzegids Universiteiten 2020’ appears today.

VU researchers identify more than 2.4 million trees in the Veluwe region


Earth scientists at VU Amsterdam have mapped and identified the species of more than 2.4 million trees in the Veluwe region. It is not often that so much data is obtained at the level of individual trees; it was made possible by the highly detailed Dutch Digital Elevation Model in combination with satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA).

Evaluation of paramedical recovery care for patients with COVID-19


A national research consortium is to evaluate paramedical recovery care for patients with COVID-19 in close cooperation with the care sector. This will involve exercise therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dietetics and physiotherapy. The consortium consists of researchers from various knowledge centres, including Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s Department of Health Sciences.

New collaboration develops AI for cultural heritage


CWI and VU Amsterdam start a new collaboration with heritage and research institutions around artificial intelligence (AI). In the Cultural AI Lab they will jointly explore the possibilities of AI for cultural research and raise AI’s awareness of the cultural context.

Two IVM-VU researchers in top-10 best climate risk-research 2020


Nadia Bloemendaal and Gabriela Guimarães Nobre from the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM-VU) have been successful in the Allianz Climate Risk Research Award competition.

500,000 euros for further development of new drug against TB


New research led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC will receive 5 tons of research funding from NWO for the preclinical further development of a new drug against tuberculosis.

Flexibility of plant photosynthesis could transform crop productivity


Scientists have overturned an accepted theory in plant science by showing that plants can photosynthesise in the absence of the pigment beta-carotene, paving the way for redesigning photosynthesis to improve crop productivity.

NWO awards seven Veni grants to Faculty of Science scientists


Scientists Maximilian Beyer, Erik van der Kouwe, Yanhao Lin, Linda van de Burgwal, Jeanne Savage, Ivana Drienovska and Suzanne Klaver from the Faculty of Science have been awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros each. With this grant from The Dutch Research Council (NWO) the scientists can further elaborate their own research ideas during a period of three years at VU Amsterdam.

NWO awards Vidi grant to earth scientist Jorien Vonk for permafrost research


Earth scientist Jorien Vonk has been awarded a Vidi grant worth €800,000 for permafrost research in the arctic region. She will use the funding from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to continue developing her own line of research and expand her research group over the next five years.

Nanon Labrie contributes to book on the impact of pregnancy complications


This week the book Queen of Hearts was presented nationally on the popular late night talk show Jinek. The book, subtitled ‘the power of vulnerability’, tells the stories of six women and the complications they faced during and after pregnancy. One of those featured is Nanon Labrie, assistant professor and health communication researcher at VU Amsterdam’s Athena Institute.

Ambitious and interlinked goals are needed to protect biodiversity


The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently announced that none of its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2020 has been fully reached. A ‘safety net’ made up of multiple interlinked goals is needed to tackle nature’s decline. This is according to research of a large international team of researchers, including professor Environmental Geography Peter Verburg at VU Amsterdam, that analysed the new biodiversity goals currently being set by the United Nations.

New method to capture the full dynamical complexity of animal movement


For centuries, physicists and mathematicians have strived to model and understand a large variety of complex dynamical patterns: from the way small molecules move, to the movements of planets and stars. Can we apply the same level of mathematical precision to understand how animals move? Tosif Ahamed, Antonio C Costa and Greg J. Stephens of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and OIST Graduate University give the answer in Nature Physics.