Coronavirus: Carefully returning to campus


Last change on Wednesday 7 August: an update on additional corona measures for the introduction days.

Coastal flooding could threaten up to 20% of global GDP


Coastal flooding events could threaten assets worth up to 20% of the global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, which equates to 14.2 trillion US dollar.

Breaking nature’s codes in a game of molecular Mastermind


An international research collaboration headed by VU-scientist Jeroen Koelemeij developed a new method to measure vibrational frequencies in the molecular hydrogen ion at four hundred times higher precision than before.

Two ERC Proof of Concept grants for science scientists


Physicist Wim Ubachs and neuroscientist Matthijs Verhage have been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept grant. With this research grant of 150,000 euros they can explore the commercial or societal potential of their research results.

Plant roots increase carbon emission from permafrost soils


An international team led by VU alumnus Frida Keuper of the French research institute INRAE, shows that around the year 2100 an extra emission of 40 gigatons of carbon can be released from permafrost soils. VU ecologist James Weedon was part of the research team.

‘Sapiens' open in 2021: working together for a better living environment for people and nature


VU Amsterdam, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and partners build unique national platform and think tank

First prize for automatic theorem prover developed by VU


A team of computer scientists from the theoretical computer science section at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam won the annual theorem proving system competition, with a prototype system called Zipperposition.

Insights in how cyanobacteria use ‘leftover’ light in shaded environments


Currently, photosynthesis in plants only converts few percent of the incoming light into chemical energy. This low yield is partly because only a portion of the solar spectrum, corresponding roughly to visible light (wavelengths below 700 nm), can be absorbed and used to power photosynthesis. Roberta Croce, professor of biophysics of photosynthesis of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and her group are trying to increase the absorption of far-red light, corresponding to wavelengths above 700 nanometres.

Artists-scientists team wins Bio Art & Design Award


A collaborative project by artist Sissel Marie Tonn, VU Environment & Health microplastic scientist Heather Leslie and Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc - Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology (MCBI) immunologist Juan Garcia Vallejo at the interface of art, microplastics pollution and immune system has been selected by an international jury for the Bio Art & Design Award 2020 (€25.000).

City of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam launch a lab for social AI


The Civic AI Lab (CAIL) is a collaboration between the City of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The Mayor and Executive Board of the City of Amsterdam have approved a subsidy of €400,000 for the coming four years, while the VU will contribute €900,000 and the UvA €1.5 million. Within the lab, five researchers will work towards obtaining their PhD while studying the application of artificial intelligence in the fields of education, welfare, the environment, mobility and health. The lab will form part of the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) at Amsterdam Science Park.

Career track position for Trevor A. Hamlin in the Division of Theoretical Chemistry


Dr. Trevor A. Hamlin has been appointed as a career track researcher at the division of Theoretical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. His research group will leverage artificial intelligence and state-of-the-art computational methods to provide unparalleled physical insight into the reactivity of organic, inorganic, and biochemical reactions. The overarching goal of the Hamlin group is to realize the concept of “theory-driven experimentation”, whereby synthetic experiments are ultimately guided by quantum mechanical calculations.

Tenure track position for Isabelle Kohler at the Division of Bioanalytical Chemistry


Dr. Isabelle Kohler has been appointed as tenure track researcher at the division of Bioanalytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her research focuses on the implementation of metabolomics-based approaches in clinical and forensic toxicology.

Exploiting biodiversity to boost the efficiency of photosynthesis for better crops


Plant scientists and crop breeders receive 8.6 million euro from the Horizon 2020 research programme to improve future crops through the CAPITALISE project. Among the participants from EU countries, the UK, Israel and Ethiopia, are Dutch scientist from Wageningen University and the group of Biophysics of Photosynthesis of VU Amsterdam, led by professor Roberta Croce. The target is to improve photosynthesis: to increase the efficiency of how plants use light energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars to boost yields in key crops.

250,000 euros for better microplastics research methods


Four researchers from the Environment & Health (E&H) department are part of a European research consortium that has received 250,000 euros. The consortium will focus on harmonization of microplastics analysis methods.

Why are plants green?


Model identifies how organism protects itself against solar energy