Earth’s mantle clearly in the picture


Research provides new insights into the processes that take place in the Earth. It explains the chemical composition of surface rocks that we see today and provides a tantalizing picture of the complexity of Earth’s interior.

Pieter van Beukering appointed professor environmental economics


Pieter van Beukering was appointed professor environmental economics on 1 May with the assignment "Economics of Natural Capital". The chair is embedded in the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the Faculty of Science.

Insomniacs unable to get emotional distress off their mind


Cringe-worthy mistakes and embarrassing blunders made today won’t seem so bad tomorrow. That is, unless you’re an insomniac, research at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience shows.

Organic farming promotes sustainability


A team of international experts, including IVM researcher Verena Seufert from the VU, explains that organic farming is an important part of the solution for changing the current agricultural and food system.

Toby Kiers receives HFSP grant for groundbreaking research


Toby Kiers, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the Faculty of Science of the VU, is leading an international team that has received a research grant of 1.2 million dollar from the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization.

Spectacular fossils found after meteorite impact


An international research team, including VU geologists Jan Smit and Klaudia Kuiper, discovered a mud pool in the American state of North Dakota that originated when the dinosaurs became extinct.

Posthuma will use ERC Grant for connecting genetics and neurobiology


Danielle Posthuma, professor of Complex Trait Genetics at VU Amsterdam and Amsterdam University Medical Center, location VUmc, and holder of a University Research Chair, received the prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grant this week. This is the largest personal research grant in Europe.

VU research on hydrogen bonding on cover of JACS


Theoretical chemists Célia Fonseca Guerra and Stephanie van der Lubbe have published their findings on hydrogen bonding in the high-profile multidisciplinary Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Comparison brain network of humans and chimpanzees


What makes our brain unique? Does the evolution of our high intelligence also have a downside?

Jan Wijbrans appointed professor of Argon Chronometry


Jan Wijbrans, Geochronologist, is appointed as professor of Argon Chronometry at the Faculty of Science, Division of Earth Sciences. It is a full-time appointment as of 1 January 2019.

Nutritional supplements cannot prevent depression


Daily intake of nutritional supplements cannot prevent depression. This is a key finding of the five-year MooDFOOD project, which investigated the relationship between nutrition and depression. This European Commission funded project, led by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is now coming to an end.

Hydrology again Top programme in the Masters selection guide 2019


The master’s programme Hydrology is one of the six VU master's programmes that deserve the designation 'Top programme'. This is evident from the assessments of students and educational experts in the Masters 2019 selection guide.

Vici grant for AMOLF Professor Gijsje Koenderink


AMOLF group leader Gijsje Koenderink receives an NWO Vici grant of 1,5 million euros for her research on how cytoskeletal teamwork makes cells strong.

New project on sex differences in protein needs in old age


The project’s aim is to study associations between protein intake, muscle mass and physical functioning which might lead to new guidelines for dietary protein intake for both male and female in old age.

Brain cells involved in insomnia identified


An international team of researchers has identified, for the first time, the cell types, areas and biological processes in the brain that mediate the genetic risk of insomnia. This was made possible by assessing DNA and sleep features in no less than 1.3 million people. The findings are a major step towards getting grip on the biological mechanisms that cause insomnia.