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).

Guus Schreiber appointed as dean of FEW-FALW


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.

Bats switch between senses while hunting in noise


Bats make flexible use of their senses to adapt to noise while hunting. They switch to their echolocation when they have difficulties hearing the call of their prey.

Nico van Straalen appointed FEW-FALW Interim Dean effective 1 September


The Executive Board has appointed Nico van Straalen Interim Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FEW-FALW) with effect from 1 September 2016 until 1 January 2017.

VU health scientists among most frequently cited


Scientific articles of health scientists Raymond Ostelo and Maurits Tulder are among the world's most cited in the field of spine surgery in the period 2004-2013.

Adaptation to climate risks: Political affiliation matters


A new study reveals that in the United States those who affiliate with the Democratic Party have different views than those who vote Republican on the following issues: the likelihood of floods occurring, adopting protection measures, and expectations of disaster relief from the government.

2015 Indonesia fires most polluting since 1997


The fires of 2015 were the most polluting fires in Indonesia since 1997. This was discovered by VU geoscientists Guido van der Werf and Thierry Fanin together with an international research team.

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