Analytical chemists from VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam take the next step in unravelling the composition of complex molecular systems.

Our brains can be compared to computers or telephones


Our cerebellum processes information efficiently

HTSM-NWO funding for physician Stefan Witte’s project


Stefan Witte, Associate Professor at VU Amsterdam’s department of Physics and group leader for the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL), has obtained a position within the Dutch Research Council’s High Tech Systems and Materials programme with his project, ORPHEUS. The Dutch research funder provides grants to participants worth a grand total of 13 million euros.

New model to calculate risk from tropical cyclones


To minimize the impact of tropical cyclones worldwide by the implementation of adaptation strategies, it is crucial to accurately calculate the risk of these storms. Together with other partners, researchers of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam developed a new model to simulate tropical cyclone activity worldwide and their intensities in coastal areas and on small islands such as in the Caribbean.

Chemicals in house dust can disrupt thyroid hormone transport


A recent study led by VU-toxicologist Timo Hamers (Dept. Environment & Health) has demonstrated that chemicals in house dust can disrupt transport of thyroid hormone. For pregnant women, this can be detrimental to the brain development of the unborn child.

Waist circumference provides essential information about BMI


Doctors must incorporate measurement as standard in practice to combat obesity

Freek Vonk appointed endowed professor at VU Amsterdam


The Executive Board of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has appointed the biologist Freek Vonk as its endowed professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry as of 1 February 2020.

New species of parasitoid wasp discovered in Vondelpark


Citizen scientists find Aphaereta vondelparkensis

New protocol for chemists makes more sustainable research possible


A team of theoretical chemists led by Trevor A. Hamlin and Matthias Bickelhaupt from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has published a step-by-step guide on how to perform the activation strain analysis, which will serve as a “recipe for researchers” who want to analyze and understand the factors controlling the reactivity of literally any chemical reaction. This makes, among other things, environmentally sustainable research possible.

Rainforests ants unlock secrets to sustainable farming


Farmers are increasingly reliant on technology (drones, satellites) to gather data on crops to maximize their yields. New research by Toby Kiers, Professor of Evolution at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, suggests that ants in the rainforests of Fiji have evolved ways to evaluate the complex requirements of their crops in the absence of high tech.

Understanding the role of illicit transactions in land-change dynamics


Illegal activities and corruption have a major impact on land use changes and the related sustainability debate. Due to the hidden nature and the dangers of explicitly investigating this, too little attention is paid to this.

VU joins inVIVO for planetary health


On 17-21 June 2020, the international inVIVO conference and festival hits Amsterdam with its multidisciplinary, scientific approach to planetary health. VU Amsterdam/Amsterdam Sustainability Institute co-hosts the event with ARTIS-Micropia and KIT Royal Tropical Institute.

Researchers united on international road map to insect recovery


It’s no secret that many insects are struggling worldwide. But we could fix these insects’ problems, according to more than 70 scientists from 21 countries. Their road map to insect conservation and recovery is published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. From urgent ‘no-regret’ solutions to long-term global comparisons.

Sonar navigation inspired by bats and flowers


Sonar is essential for robots and self-driving cars as it is a very cost-effective sensor for distance measurements, but sonar also has some limitations. Sometimes sonar measurements can be misleading and there were no sonar signs or signals so far, which could assist sonar navigation. Researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Universiteit Antwerpen have come up with a solution, inspired by a special coevolution between bats and flowers.

ERC Consolidator Grant for physicist Stefan Witte


Stefan Witte, associate professor at the VU department of Physics and group leader at the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant worth 2 million euros.