On 25 November Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC organize a symposium on Animal-Free Innovations in Science.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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 scientists coordinate or are main co-applicants of four of the six projects that receive a 2019 Gravitation (Zwaartekracht) grant.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 has been appointed as the new Director of Education of the faculty. She currently works at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as Programme Manager for Education.
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.
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.