Understanding the role of illicit transactions in land-change dynamics


Illegal activities and corruption have a major impact on land use changes and the related sustainability debate. Due to the hidden nature and the dangers of explicitly investigating this, too little attention is paid to this.

VU joins inVIVO for planetary health


On 17-21 June 2020, the international inVIVO conference and festival hits Amsterdam with its multidisciplinary, scientific approach to planetary health. VU Amsterdam/Amsterdam Sustainability Institute co-hosts the event with ARTIS-Micropia and KIT Royal Tropical Institute.

Researchers united on international road map to insect recovery


It’s no secret that many insects are struggling worldwide. But we could fix these insects’ problems, according to more than 70 scientists from 21 countries. Their road map to insect conservation and recovery is published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. From urgent ‘no-regret’ solutions to long-term global comparisons.

Sonar navigation inspired by bats and flowers


Sonar is essential for robots and self-driving cars as it is a very cost-effective sensor for distance measurements, but sonar also has some limitations. Sometimes sonar measurements can be misleading and there were no sonar signs or signals so far, which could assist sonar navigation. Researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Universiteit Antwerpen have come up with a solution, inspired by a special coevolution between bats and flowers.

ERC Consolidator Grant for physicist Stefan Witte


Stefan Witte, associate professor at the VU department of Physics and group leader at the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant worth 2 million euros.

Climate models compared to geological evidence


An international team of environmental scientists and climatologists, led by VU scientist Paolo Scussolini, tested climate models using geological evidence from earlier times. By studying the geological past we can learn important lessons about the future of our climate.

5.4 million euros to better visualize the effectiveness of medicines


The international Photonics Translational Research - Medical Photonics (MEDPHOT) consortium led by professor of Biophotonics Johannes de Boer of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will receive 5.4 million euros from the Perspective Program of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for the program 'Light for a better view on diseases'. The research will be partly done in the recently opened Amsterdam UMC Imaging Center.

Martin Luther King Lecture 2019


We cordially invite you to the lecture on 28 November from 7:30pm to 9:15pm that will be held in the Aula of the Main Building, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Impact Award 2019 for professors Erwin Peterman en Gijs Wuite


Erwin Peterman, professor of Physics and Living Systems, and Gijs Wuite, professor of Physics and Life Processes received the Impact Award 2019. The Amsterdam Impact Award is awarded annually to distinguished researchers or research groups who have made a meaningful contribution to society with their research and innovations. The award is a lifetime achievement award, not a cash prize.

Federica Burla wins Minerva Prize physics


The NWO Prize for the best scientific publication by a female physicist has gone to VU and AMOLF researcher Federica Burla (Physics of Living Systems).

Joint grant for research into smoking cessation among people with serious mental illness


Stichting tot Steun and ZonMw have awarded Marcel Adriaanse (Health Sciences, VU) and Berno van Meijel (VUmc-InGeest/InHolland/Parnassia Groep) a joint grant of 510.000 euro for research into smoking cessation among people with serious mental illness.

Genetic changes affect human brain evolutionary expansion


Also relationship between genetic changes and brain diseases found

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.