Career track position for Trevor A. Hamlin in the Division of Theoretical Chemistry


Dr. Trevor A. Hamlin has been appointed as a career track researcher at the division of Theoretical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. His research group will leverage artificial intelligence and state-of-the-art computational methods to provide unparalleled physical insight into the reactivity of organic, inorganic, and biochemical reactions. The overarching goal of the Hamlin group is to realize the concept of “theory-driven experimentation”, whereby synthetic experiments are ultimately guided by quantum mechanical calculations.

Tenure track position for Isabelle Kohler at the Division of Bioanalytical Chemistry


Dr. Isabelle Kohler has been appointed as tenure track researcher at the division of Bioanalytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her research focuses on the implementation of metabolomics-based approaches in clinical and forensic toxicology.

Exploiting biodiversity to boost the efficiency of photosynthesis for better crops


Plant scientists and crop breeders receive 8.6 million euro from the Horizon 2020 research programme to improve future crops through the CAPITALISE project. Among the participants from EU countries, the UK, Israel and Ethiopia, are Dutch scientist from Wageningen University and the group of Biophysics of Photosynthesis of VU Amsterdam, led by professor Roberta Croce. The target is to improve photosynthesis: to increase the efficiency of how plants use light energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars to boost yields in key crops.

250,000 euros for better microplastics research methods


Four researchers from the Environment & Health (E&H) department are part of a European research consortium that has received 250,000 euros. The consortium will focus on harmonization of microplastics analysis methods.

Coronavirus: Carefully returning to campus


Last change on Wednesday 1 July: an update on defence ceremonies.

Why are plants green?


Model identifies how organism protects itself against solar energy

Majority of Dutch people support a sugar tax on sugar-sweetened beverages provided that revenues contribute to public health


The majority of the Dutch people surveyed are in favour of an extra tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, provided that the revenues are used for public health purposes. This is according to an opinion poll conducted by VU Amsterdam among a representative sample of 500 Dutch adults.

VU Amsterdam: the Netherlands’ most sustainable university


VU Amsterdam is the most sustainable university in the Netherlands, the 2020 SustainaBul ranking reveals. Each year, 30 Dutch higher education institutions are ranked on sustainability in their research, education, business operations and integral approach. In 2020, VU Amsterdam has climbed to second place in the overall sustainability ranking, behind Van Hall Larenstein, a university of applied sciences.

New beetle species named after The Beatles


Scientists, including VU biologist Joris Koene, discovered a new beetle species and name it after The Beatles. The beetle was found during a citizen science expedition in the Vondelpark, near the Hilton Hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their "Bed In For Peace" fifty years ago.

Han Dolman appointed as chair of the Global Climate Observing System steering committee


Professor Han Dolman (Earth sciences) will become from today, chair of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) steering committee. He takes the chair for a period of at least two years.

Pietro Frigo wins Qualcomm Innovation fellowship


PhD student Pietro Frigo from the Systems and Network Security Group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, received a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF). Frigo is the only winner in the area of Computer Security for the 2020 European QIF Edition.

Tackle climate change resilience in the Horn of Africa


European award over €6.7M for major international project



Researchers at the Rijksmuseum, in collaboration with some of their peers from VU Amsterdam, used a new measurement method based on techniques from biomedical and natural sciences to learn more about why cracks appear in layers of paint. One of the aims of the multidisciplinary team is to help the development of restoration and preservation techniques.



Remco Kort, microbiologist at VU Amsterdam, and TNO researcher Valeria Agamennone, who holds a PhD from VU Amsterdam, received the Opwijrda Prize 2019 on 12 May.