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Han Dolman appointed as chair of the Global Climate Observing System steering committee

06-02-20

Professor Han Dolman (Earth sciences) will become from today, chair of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) steering committee. He takes the chair for a period of at least two years.

Pietro Frigo wins Qualcomm Innovation fellowship

05-27-20

PhD student Pietro Frigo from the Systems and Network Security Group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, received a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF). Frigo is the only winner in the area of Computer Security for the 2020 European QIF Edition.

Tackle climate change resilience in the Horn of Africa

05-26-20

European award over €6.7M for major international project

Coronavirus: From 15 June education activities at VU campus

05-25-20

Read the latest update of Monday 25 May.

RESEARCHERS EMPLOY NEW MEASURING TECHNIQUES TO UNDERSTAND CRACKS IN HISTORICAL PAINTINGS

05-15-20

Researchers at the Rijksmuseum, in collaboration with some of their peers from VU Amsterdam, used a new measurement method based on techniques from biomedical and natural sciences to learn more about why cracks appear in layers of paint. One of the aims of the multidisciplinary team is to help the development of restoration and preservation techniques.

PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR PROBIOTICS WINS OPWIJRDA PRIZE 2019

05-15-20

Remco Kort, microbiologist at VU Amsterdam, and TNO researcher Valeria Agamennone, who holds a PhD from VU Amsterdam, received the Opwijrda Prize 2019 on 12 May.

BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST INFECTIOUS DISEASES

05-15-20

In an increasingly mobile world, outbreaks of known or new infectious diseases are a real and scarcely avoidable threat. Therefore, it is imperative that we have proper systems in place to trace new outbreaks quickly and respond effectively.

New insights into treating alcohol addiction

05-14-20

Disabling specific brain cells can greatly reduce cravings for alcohol.

New treatment for snakebites

05-14-20

Existing medicine shows to be effective against certain snakebites.

Quantum Computing R&D collaboration Shell- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam-Leiden University

05-14-20

Quantum computing is a technology, where the often unintuitive characteristics of quantum mechanics merge with information theory to solve certain specialized computational problems very differently, and possibly much faster, than on computers available today. Computational Chemistry is one of those problems. It is of great interest to Shell’s fuel retail, chemicals, catalysis and New Energies businesses. Quantum computers of the scale needed for solving complex challenges do not yet exist. That is why Shell has entered a 5-year collaboration with VU Amsterdam and Leiden University to progress this field, and to discover how to use them across Shell’s businesses.

The exceptional origin of EUV light in hot tin plasma

05-13-20

Extreme ultraviolet light (EUV light) does not naturally occur on earth, but it can be produced. In the latest nanolithography machines, that is realized using an immensely hot tin plasma.

Important step in solving Milner’s problem on regular expressions

05-12-20

Clemens Grabmayer, postdoctoral researcher at GSSI in L'Aquila, Italy, and Wan Fokkink, professor of theoretical computer science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, made an important step toward the solution of a problem posed by Turing Award winner Robin Milner in 1984, which resisted attempts at its solution ever since. Their result will be presented at the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science, to be held online in July.

Andreas Freise appointed Professor of Gravitational Wave Physics

05-11-20

Physicist Andreas Freise has been appointed professor of Gravitational Wave Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy with effect from 1 May 2020. The appointment is for 1.0 FTE.

Fiber imaging beyond the limits of resolution and speed

05-11-20

Researchers at ARCNL and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have developed a compact setup for fast, super-resolution microscopy through an ultrathin fiber. Using smart signal processing, they beat the theoretical limits of resolution and speed.

European emission of greenhouse gases resulting from land use analysed for the first time

05-01-20

A team of international researchers under the leadership of Professor of Earth Sciences Han Dolman at VU Amsterdam has carried out a comparative analysis of the emission of the three main greenhouse gases - carbon dioxide, methane and laughing gas - resulting from the agriculture, forestry and other land uses (AFOLU) sector in Europe.