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.

VU Amsterdam success(ful) in Gravitation 2019 round


VU Amsterdam scientists coordinate or are main co-applicants of four of the six projects that receive a 2019 Gravitation (Zwaartekracht) grant.

Huge genetic study provides insight into how genes influence hundreds of human traits


An international research team led by Danielle Posthuma of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC has analyzed the results of more than 500 genome-wide studies for over 500 human traits, to provide novel insight into how our genome is linked to trait variation.

More persistent heat, drought and rain in a warming world


Europe, North America and parts of Asia can expect not just more intense but also longer lasting periods of heat, drought and rain during summer as the planet warms, worsening impacts on health and agriculture, according to a study by researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Climate Analytics and Humboldt University of Berlin.

Vulnerable connections are disrupted across a wide range of brain disorders


Brain disorders share common disruptions of specific connections in the brain, according to an international group of neuroscientists led by researchers from the Complex Trait Genetics group of the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc).

Bats use leaves as mirrors to find prey in the dark


Bats can find motionless insects on leaves in the dark only by echolocation. This was thought to be impossible, because insects are acoustically camouflaged by the loud echo of the leaves which confuses their echolocation system. Biologists from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have now discovered how bats overcome this problem.

Jeroen Aerts and Sanne Muis receive 2019 AGU Natural Hazards Focus Group Awards


The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has awarded Jeroen Aerts the Gilbert F. White award in recognition of his original contributions to the natural hazards and disaster risks field.

Mareanne Karssen new Director of Education at Faculty of Science


Mareanne Karssen has been appointed as the new Director of Education of the faculty. She currently works at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as Programme Manager for Education.

We indirectly lose a lot of nature due to urban expansion


Urban expansion leads to little direct loss of natural areas, but much larger indirect loss through displacement of agricultural land. This is the main result from new research by VU environmental geographer Jasper van Vliet.

Communication between brain cells contributes to shared symptoms across mental disorders


Genes related to specific biological mechanisms in the brain are involved in the development of multiple mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.