Toby Kiers receives Ammodo Science Award 2019


Toby Kiers, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the Faculty of Science of the VU, is one of the winners of the Ammodo Science Award 2019.

NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Fellowship for Theoretical Chemist Bryan P. Moloto


Bryan P Moloto has been awarded an NRF-Nuffic split-site doctoral fellowship for a joint research project between the groups of Professor Matthias Bickelhaupt of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Professor Catharine Esterhuysen on Stellenbosch University.

Applying simple models for understanding complex systems


VU physicists Antonio Costa, Greg Stephens and colleague Tosif Ahamed from the University of Okinawa, Japan, investigated how simple models can be used as building blocks to understand the dynamics of complex systems, from brain to behaviour.

Philip Ward appointed Full Professor of Global Water Risk Dynamics


Philip Ward, researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies-VU (IVM-VU), has been appointed Full Professor of Global Water Risk Dynamics at the Faculty of Science of VU Amsterdam.

European grants for test method development to identify endocrine disruptors


The department Environment & Health of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam receives over 3 million euros from the European Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 for three research projects dedicated to develop highly needed test methods for the identification of endocrine disruptors.

Novel genetic risk factors discovered for Alzheimer’s disease


A large-scale international study discovered novel genetic risk loci for Alzheimer’s disease. Combining genetic data on a large-scale and in a non-conventional manner resulted in the discovery of multiple novel genetic factors and biological mechanisms that contribute to the pathogenesis of the disease.

ERC Proof of Concept grant voor Tom Grossmann


Tom Grossmann, Professor on Biomimetic Synthesis for Molecular Complexity, receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant for his innovative research on a new technology to stabilize enzymes.

Research highlights relevance of neurotoxic effects on species


Up to now neurotoxicity is only considered relevant within human toxicology studies. Little effort is made to assess the impact of neurotoxic substances on the environment although it is clear that the impacts are just as dramatic.

Global hotspot of highly cited researchers at Science VU


The Faculty of Science has an unique achievement to celebrate: seven researchers affiliated with departments in ‘Triple E’ (EEE: Earth, Environment and Ecology) are on the 2018 global list of Highly Cited Researchers.

Sex and the city frog


Wouter Halfwerk and colleagues investigate how city life has altered the signalling behaviour of male túngara frogs.

Research to boost job prospects of autistic graduates


Successful university graduates with autism often find it difficult to access graduate employment. To bridge the employment gap, the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit participates in the project Improving employability of autistic graduates in Europe (IMAGE), which hopes to find effective solutions for this problem.

First students international Ecology programme VU graduated


s part of its Ecology master programme, the VU offers the International Master of Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution (IMABEE). The first students now receive their diploma after having spent a full exchange year in Amsterdam.

VU and Micropia strengthen collaboration


ARTIS director Rembrandt Sutorius and Professor Holger Lill, head of the department of Molecular Cell Biology at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, signed a declaration of intent on Tuesday 6 November to expand their partnership. The more intensive collaboration offers new possibilities for research and supports the introduction of the public with microbiology.

Koen Hindriks new professor on Artificial Intelligence


The Executive Board of the VU has appointed Koen Hindriks as Professor on ‘Artificial Intelligence’ at the Computer Science department, as of 1 October 2018.

NWO Physics Valorisation Prize 2018 goes to Davide Iannuzzi


The tenth NWO Physics Valorisation Prize, worth 250,000 euros, will go to Davide Iannuzzi, professor of Experimental Physics at VU.