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500,000 Euros for use of artificial intelligence in particle research

04-16-21

The Netherlands eScience Center has honoured the software project of theoretical physicist Juan Rojo (VU/ Nikhef). The project focuses on the use of graphics processors and self-learning computers for research into the strong nuclear force.

Toby Kiers awarded Vici grant for research on fungal networks

04-14-21

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers has been awarded a Vici grant worth 1.5 million euros. This personal grant, awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), is intended for her research into how fungi take decisions when trading nutrients with their host plants. The question is how these organisms, which do not have brains, process and share information in their complex networks in such a way that they can carry out the right trading strategies.

Coronavirus: Updates and FAQs

04-13-21

Last change on Thuesday 13 April: update on the delay of the partial reopening of the higher education in The Netherlands.

Geometry of rivers strongly determined by movements in the earth’s crust

04-12-21

Rivers shape the landscape, but pinpointing the processes that determine the shape of rivers is a challenging puzzle. A new analysis of global climate, topography and tectonic data reveals that the course of rivers worldwide is largely determined by movements of the earth’s crust. The climate has far less influence than was thought. This discovery was made by a team of Swiss, American and Dutch researchers, including VU Amsterdam earth scientist Wouter Berghuijs.

Three science Master’s programmes rise above in Keuzegids Masters 2021

04-08-21

Several Master's degree programmes at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are above the national average, including three programmes at the Faculty of Science. This is the result of student evaluations scores for the 2021 Keuzegids student guide to Master’s programmes.

Increasing lightning fires in Arctic will further warm the climate

04-06-21

While lightning strikes are almost unheard of above the Arctic Circle, a new study led by the University of California, Irvine, in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, shows that a lightning-rich future awaits for the Arctic.

Increasing lightning fires in Arctic will further warm the climate

04-06-21

While lightning strikes are almost unheard of above the Arctic Circle, a new study led by the University of California, Irvine, in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, shows that a lightning-rich future awaits for the Arctic.

Wietse Tol appointed endowed professor Global Mental Health and Social Justice

03-31-21

The Executive Board of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has appointed Wietse Tol as its endowed professor to the chair of ‘Global Mental Health and Social Justice’, as of 1 March 2021.

More than six million euros for research into the reuse of wastewater

03-18-21

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has made more than four million euros available for the AquaConnect programme. Businesses, authorities and societal organizations are contributing another two million. Scientists Dave Huitema and Roy Brouwer of VU Amsterdam’s Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) are participating in AquaConnect; their input comprises knowledge of water management and water economics.

Scientists move closer to a new method to diagnose Parkinson’s Disease

03-11-21

A new study shows it is possible to identify Parkinson’s disease based on chemical compounds found on the surface of skin. These findings could lead to a new test to diagnose the neurodegenerative condition accurately, speedily and cost effectively through a simple and painless skin swab.

Jan-Berend Stuut appointed endowed professor Aeolian sedimentology

03-03-21

On March 1, 2021 Jan-Berend Stuut was appointed as endowed professor of Aeolian Sedimentology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. As a marine geologist, Stuut (NIOZ and VU) investigates the role of desert dust in the Earth’s climate both at present as well as in the past.

VU Amsterdam students win first prize for vaccination plan

02-25-21

Students of VU Amsterdam’s Master’s in Business Analytics have won first prize in a competition to work out the logistics of a national vaccination programme. The jury was impressed by the team’s submission, which was developed by a number of sub-teams including students from the universities of applied sciences of Arnhem, Nijmegen, Rotterdam and Utrecht.

Much larger area in Africa subject to fires than previously thought

02-25-21

New satellite data show that the land area that burns annually in Africa is more than 2 million square kilometres larger than previously assumed. This discovery was made by a team of Spanish and Dutch researchers, including VU Amsterdam scientists Dave van Wees and Guido van der Werf.

Important new evidence confirms extinction of dinosaurs caused by meteorite impact

02-25-21

Core samples drilled in the Chicxulub meteorite impact crater have revealed an abnormal amount of iridium in a clay layer. The location of the iridium in the clay layer allows scientists to determine what happened in the days and years following the meteorite’s impact.