ERC Consolidator Grant for physicist Stefan Witte


Stefan Witte, associate professor at the VU department of Physics and group leader at the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant worth 2 million euros.

Climate models compared to geological evidence


An international team of environmental scientists and climatologists, led by VU scientist Paolo Scussolini, tested climate models using geological evidence from earlier times. By studying the geological past we can learn important lessons about the future of our climate.

5.4 million euros to better visualize the effectiveness of medicines


The international Photonics Translational Research - Medical Photonics (MEDPHOT) consortium led by professor of Biophotonics Johannes de Boer of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will receive 5.4 million euros from the Perspective Program of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for the program 'Light for a better view on diseases'. The research will be partly done in the recently opened Amsterdam UMC Imaging Center.

Martin Luther King Lecture 2019


We cordially invite you to the lecture on 28 November from 7:30pm to 9:15pm that will be held in the Aula of the Main Building, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Impact Award 2019 for professors Erwin Peterman en Gijs Wuite


Erwin Peterman, professor of Physics and Living Systems, and Gijs Wuite, professor of Physics and Life Processes received the Impact Award 2019. The Amsterdam Impact Award is awarded annually to distinguished researchers or research groups who have made a meaningful contribution to society with their research and innovations. The award is a lifetime achievement award, not a cash prize.

Federica Burla wins Minerva Prize physics


The NWO Prize for the best scientific publication by a female physicist has gone to VU and AMOLF researcher Federica Burla (Physics of Living Systems).

Joint grant for research into smoking cessation among people with serious mental illness


Stichting tot Steun and ZonMw have awarded Marcel Adriaanse (Health Sciences, VU) and Berno van Meijel (VUmc-InGeest/InHolland/Parnassia Groep) a joint grant of 510.000 euro for research into smoking cessation among people with serious mental illness.

Genetic changes affect human brain evolutionary expansion


Also relationship between genetic changes and brain diseases found

Symposium Animal-Free Innovations in Science


On 25 November Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC organize a symposium on Animal-Free Innovations in Science.

New methods to better use predictions for disaster prevention


Environmental scientist Gabriela Guimarães Nobre investigated the link between climate variability and the occurrence of floods and droughts. She is the first one who demonstrates that flood damage and flood occurrence in Europe are strongly related to these variabilities and introduces new methods to better use the expected effects of a weather forecast for disaster prevention.

Local land use change decision-making in a global context


IVM Researchers Žiga Malek, Bianka Douw, Jasper van Vliet and Peter Verburg from the Environmental Geography Group investigated decision-making on local land-use change in a global context.

Why ‘the roof of the world’ collapses


The roof of the world in Tibet is collapsing, and now we know why. A team of Earth Scientists, led by VU Professor Wouter Schellart, has demonstrated that the solution lies some 4000 kilometres eastward, at the boundary between the Pacific Ocean and the continental margin of East Asia.

Arjen Amelink new endowed professor in Physics


The Executive Board of the VU has decided to appoint Arjen Amelink, from TNO, from 1 October 2019 as endowed professor of ‘Light-tissue interactions and spectroscopy in the sub-diffuse domain’.

New Headquarters VU startup LUMICKS in Amsterdam


The tech company LUMICKS celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters in Amsterdam on September 16. Ingrid van Engelshoven, Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCV) performed the inauguration ceremony by cutting a DNA molecule using a laser beam.