Melting icebergs are key to sequence of an ice age, scientists find


New study unravels long-standing climate mystery and provides insight into how our planet may change in the future

Australian bushfires wake-up call for extreme effects climate change


The Australian Black Summer bushfires are a “wake up call” demonstrating the extreme effects of climate change. This is according to a group of experts on climate change and forest fires, including VU earth and climate scientist Tanya Lippmann, who’ve conducted a study examining the factors that caused the disaster.

Coronavirus: Updates and FAQs


Last change on Tuesday 12 January: extension of the lockdown

Physicist Davide Iannuzzi awarded ERC PoC grant for project involving cervical cancer screening device


Davide Iannuzzi, a physicist at VU Amsterdam, has been awarded a Proof of Concept grant by the European Research Council (ERC), for the DIADELPH project. He plans to use this €150,000 research grant to explore ways of commercializing a new, non-invasive gynaecological device that can improve population screening for cervical cancer by excluding cancer before taking a biopsy.

Theoretical chemists on the cover of the 1000th issue of Chemistry – A European Journal


A team of theoretical chemists led by Trevor A. Hamlin and Matthias Bickelhaupt have published a unified model to understand and rationalize the inherent competition between bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (SN2) and base-induced elimination (E2).

Christmas trees stay green in winter due to photosynthesis shortcut


The reason why pine trees are so popular at Christmas is because they stay green through the winter. But how come coniferous trees keep their green needles in winter while other trees lose all their leaves? An international team of scientists, including researchers from the Biophysics of Photosynthesis Department at VU Amsterdam, has finally found an answer to this question.

National sector perspectives on environmental sciences, astronomy, biology and pharmacy presented to Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


Scientists of the Dutch universities including Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam show with their vision the major challenges of our time

Martijn van den Heuvel awarded ERC Consolidator Grant


Computational neuroscientist Martijn van den Heuvel has been awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). Over the next five years he will study connections in the brain and the role they play in how the brain functions.

Fire in the land of ice: Sander Veraverbeke wins ERC Consolidator Grant


Researcher Sander Veraverbeke has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant of €2.37 million for his research project FireIce. Fire in the land of ice: climatic drivers and feedbacks. FireIce will study the links between climate change and wildfires in Alaska, Canada and Siberia.

IVM-VU researchers contribute to launch Our Energy platform


Our Energy is a new online source for energy education and awareness-raising for EU citizens and energy communities. The platform is launched as part of the NEWCOMERS project, an EU Horizon 2020 project led by researchers Julia Blasch and Nicolien van der Grijp of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU Amsterdam.

NWA grant for research on the border of the Roman Empire in the Netherlands


Under the umbrella of the research project “Constructing the Limes: The Roman Empire’s Border in the Netherlands”, archaeologists, bioarchaeologists, historians, geochemists and DNA specialists are studying how borders work and what kind of impact they have. At VU Amsterdam, two teams will begin investigating what the Roman Empire’s border in the Netherlands looked like, how it functioned and what kind of impact it had on the people living on each side.

€2.7 million to save tigers


A large interdisciplinary research project which includes partners from the Netherlands, Nepal and India will receive €2.7 million in funding from the Dutch Research Council. The project focuses on the conservation of tiger populations in the foothills of the Himalayas, in Nepal and India. Utrecht University is serving as the research consortium’s budget holder. At VU Amsterdam, Professor Rien Aerts and Professor Hans Cornelissen from the Ecology department are the driving forces behind the project.

ERC Starting Grant for Anne van Loon


Anne Van Loon (Associate Professor in Drought Risk at IVM) has received a positive decision on her ERC Starting Grant proposal. The PerfectSTORM (‘STOrylines of futuRe extreMes’) project will provide five years of funding for research on droughts and floods.

VU mathematicians predict occupancy levels of Covid-19 patients in hospitals


Mathematicians Ger Koole and René Bekker have developed a model for the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS, Landelijk Coördinatiecentrum Patiëntenspreiding) to predict the occupancy levels of Covid-19 patients in Dutch hospitals.