Changing how plants deal with sunlight for sustainable sources of food


A group of researchers led by Nicoletta Liguori of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam discovered how plants can better deal with sunlight. This enhances crop production with 50 percent, a necessity for the growing demand for sustainable sources of food and biofuel.

Two researchers Faculty of Science among 1% most cited worldwide


Hans Cornelissen and Guido van der Werf belong to the 1% most cited researchers worldwide, i.e. they are on the Highly Cited Researchers 2017 list of Thomson Reuters.

The origin of the Andes unravelled


Why do the Andes exist? Why is it not a place of lowlands or narrow seas? Wouter Schellart, a geophysicist at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has been pondering these questions for more than a decade. Now, he has found the answers using an advanced computer model. “It’s a matter of enormous size, longevity and great depth”, he said. “These aspects made the Andes the longest and second-highest mountain belt in the world.”

A cellular traffic jam


UvA and VU researchers reveal jamming in cellular motor protein traffic

VU researchers co-authors of book ‘Mighty Microbes’


‘Mighty Microbes’ contains 67 chapters showing the importance of microorganisms for our health, environment and the Earth. Multiple VU researchers have contributed to the international book, that was recently published.

Prof. Bas Teusink awarded 950k Euro grant for his proposal “YogurtDesign”


Prof. Bas Teusink (Systems Bioinformatics) has received a grant of in total 950k Euro for his proposal “YogurtDesign”. The proposal was awarded in the first round of the EraCoBiotech call, a transnational call that aims at bringing systems and synthetic biology approaches to biotechnological applications.

Remco Kort officially appointed Micropia Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


On Friday 27 October, ARTIS-Micropia, microbiologist Remco Kort and VU Amsterdam signed an agreement to formalise their partnership.

600,000 euros NWO-TTW grant for research group led by AIMMS researchers


The group led by Marja Lamoree (Environmental Bioanalytical Chemistry) in collaboration with Jeroen Kool (Biomolecular Analysis) receives the grant for the development of a new technology for the identification of harmful substances in the aquatic environment.

Poster awards for Medicinal Chemists Raimond Heukers and Timo De Groof at FIGON Dutch Medicines Days


On the Dutch Medicines Days, a conference organized by the FIGON (Federatie voor Innovatief Geneesmiddelonderzoek Nederland), Raimond Heukers and Timo De Groof have both been awarded a poster prize.

Opening Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies (ACWFS)


What is the impact of climate change on water availability in the already water-scarce region of the Middle East and how can further water-related conflicts be prevented? Do poor avocado farmers benefit when they no longer sell into the traditional and local value chains but opt for modern and international value chains? How can human agency be integrated in global-scale land change models to improve the design of earth system governance and protect biodiversity?

Different pathways from litter to CO2 help to predict greenhouse gas burden


Ecologist Hans Cornelissen, together with coauthors from several countries, published a review in the Tansley Review Series of New Phytologist.

VU researcher contributes to Nobel Prize in Physics


This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne, the scientists who discovered gravitational waves. Jo van den Brand, Full Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, provided a valuable contribution to this discovery: “I am very pleased and proud that the research on gravity waves is awarded with the Nobel Prize this year”.

Individual diamonds dated for the first time


VU Earth Scientists were able to date precisely, for the first time, a characteristic type of diamond using individual garnet mineral inclusions to show that half of them were billions of years younger than previously thought.

NWO-subsidy for Sanne Abeln for research on the role of entropy in misfolding proteins


The NWO domain 'Sciences' has reserved 2 million Euros for research projects in fundamental Physics. One of the five awarded research projects has been proposed by Sanne Abeln of the Science faculty at the VU.

Water app involves the public in water science


Remote sensing expert Hans van der Woerd (IVM-VU) and colleagues from Maris and NIOZ have developed an app that makes it possible for citizens to assess water quality.