‘Permafrost bomb’ not ticking as loudly as feared


Rising temperatures in the Arctic region potentially risks the thaw of old, permanently frozen soils (permafrost). The organic matter stored in these old soils, when thawed, could release large amounts of greenhouse gases, thereby boosting further global warming.

Coronavirus: No activities at VU campus until 1 June


Read the latest update of Wednesday 1 April.

ERC Advanced Grants for professors Gijs Wuite, Jeroen Aerts and Pieter Rein ten Wolde


Gijs Wuite, Full Professor of Physics of Life Processes, Jeroen Aerts, Full Professor of Water and Climate Risk and Pieter Rein ten Wolde, endowed professor of Physics of Living Systems and AMOLF group leader, have been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant.

Corona virus: VU Amsterdam


The Dutch government decided to close all schools, catering establishments and childcare facilities to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has cancelled all classes on campus.

Coronavirus: VU Amsterdam


Op 15 maart heeft het kabinet besloten om onder meer alle scholen, horeca en kinderdagverblijven te sluiten. Ook de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam heeft haar deuren gesloten om de verdere verspreiding van het coronavirus te voorkomen.

Esther van den Hengel new managing director Faculty Of Science


The Executive Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Esther van den Hengel as Managing Director of the Faculty of Science, starting 1 May 2020.

Interview: Professor Aura Timen, head of the Centre for Infectious Disease Control


‘Everything will depend on our hospitals’ capacity to provide respiratory support’

Energy consumption and cooperation for optimal sensing


A group of international researchers composed of Wave Ngampruetikorn and David Schwab at City University New York and Greg Stephens in the physics department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, discovered that the strategies for organizing cellular chemical sensors (chemoreceptors) to maximize sensitivity depend both on how reliable these sensors are as well as the statistics of the quantities they sense.  

Insight into how "sensory pollution" affects animals


To combat the effect of noise and light pollution on animals, researchers must first understand how animals are affected.

Judith Bosmans appointed Full Professor of Methodology of Health Technology Assessment


As of 1 March, Judith Bosmans has been appointed Full Professor of Methodology of Health Technology Assessment at VU Amsterdam’s Department of Health Sciences as part of the Fenna Diemer-Lindeboom Chair programme. Judith Bosmans’ research focuses on the cost-effectiveness of health service interventions.

VU researchers confront chip manufacturers with a false solution for the Rowhammer bug


Researchers from VUSec of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam conclude in a study released today that most computer systems are still very easy to hack, due to a vulnerability in memory chips produced by Samsung, Micron and Hynix, the three major DRAM manufacturers in the world.

Consecutive disasters can no longer be ignored


Scientific models tend to view disasters as separate events. However, disasters regularly occur in relatively quick succession, and this can also worsen their impacts. Researchers Marleen de Ruiter, Anais Couasnon and Philip Ward of the VU Institute for Environmental Issues (IVM-VU) recently published a paper on consecutive disasters. The researchers developed a roadmap for research and policy leading to a more holistic approach to disaster risk management.

Transition to a circular economy requires new targets


“For the transition to a circular economy we need to be fast but also rigorous and focused”, says PhD researcher Piero Morseletto, affiliated with the Environmental Policy Analysis department of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Morseletto published two articles on circular economy in Resources, Conservation & Recycling and The Journal for Industrial Ecology.

ARCNL researchers report on helical soft-X-ray beams


Controlling the properties of light is of great importance for many areas of physics, including imaging and nanolithography. But for short wavelengths, such as soft-X-ray radiation, such control over especially the phase of light has remained elusive.

Martine Smit receives NWO grant for research project on leukaemia treatment


The science funding body NWO has awarded a €1 million grant to VU molecular pharmacologist Martine Smit (AIMMS Medicinal Chemistry department) and her colleagues in order to carry out research into the role of the CXCR4 protein in chronic lymphatic leukaemia. This research may lead to a new treatment for this disease.