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.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma demand a Dutch approach


In the past weeks, hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused vast damages. Researchers at the Vrije Universiteit study the consequences of storms in coastal areas and have analysed the economic value of Dutch approaches to limit such damages in the future.

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Front cover Marijke de Cock (E&H) for research on thyroid hormones disruption


Environmental Health and Toxicology researcher Marijke de Cock has been awarded a front cover on the Journal of Pediatric Research, for her research on thyroid hormones disruption as a consequence of PCB-153 and DDE exposure.

ERC Starting Grant (1,7 million) for Janne Koornneef


Earth Scientist Janne Koornneef was awarded an ERC Starting Grant worth 1.7 million euros, of which 200 thousand euro is earmarked for instrumentation.

Benefits of investments in dikes worldwide known


The economic benefits of building dikes to reduce flood damage far outweigh the costs at the global scale. In many parts of the world, it is even possible to reduce the economic damage from river floods in the future to below today’s levels, even when climate change, growing populations, and urbanization are taken into account.

Four Veni grants for Faculty of Science


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded four Veni grants worth up to 250,000 euros to VU science researchers Simon Boehme, Sicco Brandsma, Cristiano Giuffrida and Liubov Amitonova.

IVM researchers help people in Limburg to be better prepared for flooding


In May 2017 IVM researchers Stefania Munaretto and Douwe de Voogt organized two participatory events, a guided walk event and a storytelling event, to raise awareness on riverine flood risk and prevention measures in Itteren and Borgharen, Maastricht.