The influence of mobility in the European Union on rubber expansion in the tropics


Researcher Perrine Laroche of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (IVM) and colleagues show that current EU solutions to improve the sustainability of personal mobility, such as electric cars, are insufficient.  Instead of technological solutions, tackling car-dependent lifestyles in the EU will help alleviate the pressure on tropical countries, in addition to reducing carbon emissions.

Big grants for research into novel snakebite treatments


Analytical chemist Jeroen Kool (VU Amsterdam) recently obtained two Wellcome grants of in total more than 4 million euros for research projects into the development of novel snakebite treatments together with Nick Casewell (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) and Chris Ulens (KULeuven).

AI improves understanding of links between climate change and extreme weather


Fifteen European research institutes are joining forces to investigate the links between climate change and extreme weather. New methods in the field of artificial intelligence will help the climate scientists to achieve their goal. In September, the team led by Robert Vautard of CNRS-IPSL in Paris and Dim Coumou of VU Amsterdam will launch the European XAIDA project.

1 in 3 older people affected by care postponed due to COVID-19


More than one in every three older people (35%) have encountered the cancellation or postponement of care during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Care was cancelled by care providers twice as often as by the patients themselves.

Computer Science students in top 10 at NXP EMEA Autonomous Driving Cup


Recently, five bachelor Computer Science student teams participated in the NXP autonomous driving competition. The task was to design and program a miniature car that autonomously performs tasks, such as obstacle avoidance and speed racing on an unknown track.

Jacco van Ossenbruggen appointed Full Professor of Human-Centred Data Science


Effective 1 June, Jacco van Ossenbruggen has been appointed Full Professor of Human-Centred Data Science in the Computer Science Department at VU Amsterdam. Van Ossenbruggen will be focussing on data-driven research and data-analysis, in collaboration with researchers within and outside the university.

Six out of twenty four new PhD positions in Mathematics for VU


The board of NWO Domain Science has awarded 24 applications for PhD positions within the mathematics clusters. Six of these awards are for Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which means that VU has secured the most positions of all universities.

Mathematicians found core mechanism to calculate tipping points


Climate change, a pandemic or the coordinated activity of neurons in the brain: in all of these examples, a transition takes place at a certain point from the base state to a new state. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and VU Amsterdam have discovered a universal mathematical structure at these so-called tipping points.

4.85 million euro for new multidisciplinary lab


The subdepartment of Geology and Geochemistry led by VU Professor Gareth Davies, will receive a €4.85 million NWO Large grant to set up and equip a modern new laboratory for isotope geochemistry analysis. This ambitious and multidisciplinary research programme will help maintain the VU’s leading international position.

Breakthrough in tuberculosis treatment: bacterium’s hiding trick revealed


A team of microbiologists from VU Amsterdam and the Centre for Structural Systems Biology in Hamburg have discovered how the tuberculosis bacterium manages to hide from our immune system. This discovery will potentially lead to new drugs and is therefore a breakthrough in the fight against tuberculosis.

Burn, sleep, repeat – Arctic wildfires overwinter


Earth system scientists at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam present the first scientific evidence of overwintering fires in boreal forests in Alaska and the Northwest Territories. Due to climate change, this bizarre phenomenon seems to be increasingly common.

Coronavirus: Updates and FAQs


Last change on Tuesday 11 May: Corona measurements for higher education will be relaxed.

King cobra does not need a male to reproduce


Female king cobras do not need a male to produce offspring. Research by an international team of biologists has revealed that the world’s largest venomous snake can reproduce without having sex. Freek Vonk, professor occupying an endowed chair at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, researcher at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center and reptile fanatic, was part of the team.

New model can predict carbon cycle presence on exoplanets


Life thrives at stable temperatures. On Earth, this is facilitated by the carbon cycle. Scientists at SRON, VU Amsterdam and the University of Groningen have now developed a model that predicts whether there is a carbon cycle present on exoplanets, provided the mass, core size and amount of CO2 are known.

Plants grow faster when exposed to vibratory noise


Vibrations in the earth, caused by human activity such as traffic, industry and wind turbines, affect the soil and influence processes such as plant growth. This is the conclusion reached by fieldwork and lab studies conducted by a team of researchers at VU Amsterdam, led by biologist Wouter Halfwerk.