A new community of European universities united by a shared commitment to advancing social good and helping solve global challenges will be launched in Amsterdam today. Aurora is a new network of nine European universities with similar philosophies and a shared mission to make a real difference to society. The nine founding institutions are: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands), Université Grenoble-Alpes (France), University of Aberdeen (Scotland), University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Bergen (Norway), University of Duisberg-Essen (Germany), University of East Anglia (England), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and the University of Iceland.
W4RA organizes UN Green Climate Fund workshop with farmer organization AOPP in Bamako, Mali
The Dick Stufkens Prize 2016 for the best PhD thesis of the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC) has been awarded to Dr Lando P. Wolters.
As of January 2016, dr. ir. Alexandru Iosup (FEW), dr. Jacobien Rutgers (RCH) and dr. Egija Zaura (ACTA) will hold a University Research Chair at our University. This five year professorship is awarded to associate professors with an excellent research track record. Provided that certain criteria are met, URC professors are offered a full professorship after this five year period.
The Executive Board has appointed Guus Schreiber as dean of the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences with effect from 1 December 2016.
The Centre for International Cooperation of VU Amsterdam (CIS-VU) has been awarded a grant worth €1.780.000 to implement a project on Spatial Planning for Agribusiness and Public Policy Development in Kenya. The grant is part of the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE), a Netherlands-funded development cooperation programme.
VU Amsterdam has received a 9+ rating, based on student reviews from Studyportals for the academic year 2015 – 2016. Both non-degree students taking a short programme (including Summer School and Semester in Amsterdam) as well as degree students, who follow complete Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes, have frequently left their reviews. Based on this we have received the Excellent Award International Student Satisfaction.
International effort intended to combat global warming, would be modeled on successful efforts to fight neglected diseases.
Collecting and storing evidence that can be used to address human rights violations
With their new self-designed algorithm VU physicists have discovered new behaviours of the roundworm C. elegans, an important model organism for the study of both behaviour and its underlying molecular, genetic and neural components.
Amsterdam-based knowledge institutes and the municipality of Amsterdam are investing heavily to make scientific knowledge and technology available for societal and economic applications.
Per August 1, 2016 Wouter D. ten Have has been appointed as professor Organizational Change at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
For the first time ever a team of Dutch hacking experts, led by cyber security professor Herbert Bos, managed to alter the memory of virtual machines in the cloud without a software bug, using a new attack technique.
Until recently, Dutch slavery heritage in New York remained underresearched. That is now changing due to a coordinated research project and the launching of public history and heritage tours on location.
Last night, at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas, VU researchers Erik Bosman, Kaveh Razavi, Cristiano Giuffrida and Herbert Bos won the prestigious Pwnie for Most Innovative Research. The Pwnie Awards are referred to as the Oscars for hackers.