Nice sunny days grow into heat waves, rain into floods: summer weather stalling


An international team of scientists, among who is VU climate researcher Dim Coumou, made an overview of recent studies into stagnant and therefore extreme summer weather.



The Executive Board of the VU appointed Aura Timen as endowed professor to the chair of ‘Responses to communicable diseases in global health’, starting 1 June 2018.

New technology to stabilize enzymes


VU researchers Marta Pelay-Gimeno, Sven Hennig and Professor Tom Grossmann (AIMMS) publish their new method to stabilize enzymes to increase their tolerance towards thermal and chemical stress in the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie.

AIMMS researchers contribute to new insights into how antibiotics kill bacteria


An international consortium including AIMMS researchers Holger Lill and Dirk Bald investigated how a newly approved anti-tuberculosis drug can kill tuberculosis bacteria.

NWO Veni grants for Physics and Computer Science


Three young scientists from the Faculty of Science receive a Veni grant worth 250,000 Euros from NWO. Vincent Friebe and Nicoletta Liguori are physicists, Kaveh Razavi is a computer scientist.

Early hominine became extinct due to climate change


An international team of researchers, including VU Earth scientist Didier Roche, made a climate reconstruction in Southeast Africa. It seems that one of the early hominins, a specialized herbivore, has died out due to increasing drought.

Test of fundamental physics via laser precision measurements of hydrogen


New ultraprecise laser measurements of hydrogen molecules by the VU LaserLaB have led to four papers published in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters in the first half of 2018.

Novel upcoming satellite sensors will provide critical information about fires


Hyperspectral satellite sensors will lead to a better understanding of fires, say scientists in a study led by VU Earth Scientist Sander Veraverbeke.

Two Vidi grants for Faculty of Science


Science researchers Sander Veraverbeke (Earth Sciences) and Jasmin Christian Blanchette (Computer Science) both receive a NWO Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros.

Inventor World Wide Web speaks at VU University


Sir Tim Berners-Lee will give a lecture on the future of the World Wide Web at the ACM Web Science Conference.

Gregg Siegal new professor of Biophysical techniques for drug discovery at AIMMS


The Executive Board of the VU appoints Gregg Siegal as professor of the Biophysical techniques for drug discovery chair, starting 1 April 2018.

£1.8M grant for robot evolution research Guszti Eiben


Guszti Eiben, VU Professor on Artificial Intelligence, and a team of British fellow scientists from Bristol, Edinburgh and York have received a grant to further investigate Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE).

VU researchers develop nanobodies targeting a viral chemokine receptor to impair glioblastoma growth


In a recent publication in Oncogene, Medicinal Chemistry researchers Raimond Heukers, Tian Shu Fan, Raymond de Wit and colleagues under supervision of Martine Smit (STW, Vici project) reveal the implications of a virally-encoded receptor in the acceleration of glioblastoma growth and provide a means to inhibit this activity using nanobodies targeting this receptor.

NWO awards TOP and ECHO grants to VU researchers


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Professor of the Biophysics of Photosynthesis Roberta Croce and Associate Professor of Synthetic Chemistry Eelco Ruijter the TOP and ECHO grants, respectively.

Ancient partnerships abandoned when alternatives emerge


Even the most ancient cooperative partnerships that have survived for hundreds of millions of years, can break down when new options in nature arise.