Dutch scientists chart coastal flooding: 50% more people at risk in 2080


Researchers from Deltares and the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM-VU) have studied the risk of flooding on all coasts throughout the world until the end of this century. They conclude that 50% more people will be at risk in 2080 than at present.

Rubicon grant for Athena researcher Ruth Peters


Athena researcher Ruth Peters receives a Rubicon grant from NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. With this grant, Peters will do research on health-related stigma, for 18 months at the Harvard Medical School (USA).

AIMMS scientists add crucial knowledge to understanding of the biology of tuberculosis causing bacterium


In a paper published recently in Nature Microbiology, Edith Houben’s group (Molecular Microbiology) together with scientists from across Europe reveal the first structure of an assembly of membrane proteins known as the Type VII secretion system found in a group of bacteria which cause diseases such as tuberculosis.

Weather extremes: Humans likely influence giant airstreams


The increase of devastating weather extremes in summer is likely linked to human-made climate change, mounting evidence shows.

Urbanization increasingly constrains global food production


The global amount of urban land has been increasing rapidly, and this trend is expected to continue in the near future. This increasingly constrains global food production.

Top rating: Bioinformatics & Systems Biology and Parallel & Distributed Computer Systems


The MSc programmes scored respectively 8.2 points and 9 points out of 10 in the 'Keuzegids Masters 2017'.

Diamond’s 2-billion-year growth charts tectonic shift in early Earth’s carbon cycle


A study of tiny mineral ‘inclusions’ within diamonds from Botswana has shown that diamond crystals can take billions of years to grow.

Microplastic contamination widespread throughout Dutch marine and freshwater systems


These findings are described in a new publication by researchers at the VU’s Department of Environment and Health in collaboration with Prof. Dick Vethaak of both the VU-E&H and Deltares.

TOP grant for VU and VUmc: “Towards better phenotyping and cellular models for sensory sensitivity in Autism Spectrum Disorder”


ZonMw awarded Niels Cornelisse, Tinca Polderman and Matthijs Verhage (Neuroscience, VUmc and VU), together with Sander Begeer (Developmental Psychology, VU), a TOP grant of 675.000 Euro. Goal of their awarded research is to investigate the biological underpinnings of sensory sensitivity in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Humans caused Australia’s megafaunal extinction


New international research has found that humans – and not climate – caused Australia’s Pleistocene megafaunal extinction.

Jacqueline Broerse appointed research director FALW-FEW


As of 1 February 2017, the Executive Board appoints Prof. Jacqueline Broerse Research Director of the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences. The appointment is for a period of four years (0,4 fte).

The Global Land Programme stressed the role of land use as a sustainability solution


At the bi-annual conference of the Global Land Programme (GLP) the importance of interdisciplinary and multi-level perspectives on land use as a core component of solving trade-offs and developing sustainable development pathways was confirmed.

NAV’s Best Paper Award 2016 goes to Corné van Dooren and Harry Aiking


With their multidisciplinary paper, Corné van Dooren (Dutch Nutrition Centre) and Harry Aiking (Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University) have been awarded the First Prize by the Dutch Academy of Nutrition Sciences (NAV).

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