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Results: 1 - 20 of 383
  • 13 Dec 2019
    Amsterdam knowledge institutions invest 1 billion in AI

    The knowledge institutions of Amsterdam have joined forces and are investing 1 billion euros in the development of responsible AI technologies over the next ten years, by setting up research programmes, attracting ...

  • 12 Dec 2019
    Blue whale, taken with a camera drone. This individual is 23 metres long, photographed in May 2018 at Terceira Island, the Azores
    How did baleen whales become our planet’s giants?

    Blue whales are the largest animals ever to have lived on our planet. But why did blue whales and their close relatives, the baleen whales, evolve to be so huge while other animals did not? An international ...

  • 10 Dec 2019
    UvA selected as centre of excellence for the retention of AI talent

    The University of Amsterdam has been selected by the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) as an ‘ELLIS Unit’ to keep talent in machine learning and related AI research fields in Europe. ...

  • 21 Nov 2019
    Johan Rockström (photo: M. Axelsson/Azote)
    Honorary UvA doctorate for sustainability expert Johan Rockström

    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is bestowing an honorary doctorate on the Swedish earth scientist and sustainability expert Johan Rockström. Rockström will receive the honorary doctorate for his pioneering ...

  • 19 Nov 2019
    Diana Bianchi
    UvA honorary doctorate for medical geneticist and neonatologist Diana Bianchi

    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is awarding American neonatologist and medical geneticist Diana Bianchi with an honorary doctorate. This honorary doctorate is awarded to Bianchi for her crucial contributions to ...

  • 14 Nov 2019
    Nicholas Till, professor
    Nicholas Till to hold Pierre Audi Chair in Music Theatre and Opera

    Nicholas Till, internationally renowned professor of Opera Studies, will, as of November 2019, hold the first Music Theatre and Opera Chair in the Netherlands. Till will combine the chair at the UvA with his ...

  • 13 Nov 2019
    Atlas lab, TomTom
    UvA and TomTom to open new research lab for autonomous driving

    Location technology specialist, TomTom (TOM2), and the University of Amsterdam (UvA), today announced the launch of a new public-private research lab. Atlas Lab will focus on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for ...

  • 5 Nov 2019
    Beeldmerk-Urban-Mental-Health
    How do we help city dwellers psychologically?

    People who live in the city experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and addiction at greater rates than those who live outside urban areas. More than 50% of the world’s population currently live ...

  • 1 Oct 2019
    MCAS
Meaningful Control of Autonomous Systems
TNO
CWI
    UvA, TNO and CWI collaborate on ‘Meaningful Control of Autonomous Systems’

    The University of Amsterdam is collaborating with TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) and CWI (Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science) for research into the impact of intelligent ...

  • 26 Sep 2019
    AI
Life Sciences
MOU
    Amsterdam partners focus on Life Sciences & Health and AI

    On Wednesday 25 September, Executive Board President Geert ten Dam joined with Mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema and the presidents of the Amsterdam University Medical Centre (UMC), the Vrije Universiteit (VU), the ...

  • 18 Sep 2019
    Heleen Schols
    'Zwarte Piet' controversy provides opportunity for stronger public debate

    Social debate is a crucial part of a healthy democracy. The heated discussions about Zwarte Piet, or ‘Black Pete’, over the past few years have shown how quickly the dynamics of the debate can change. At first ...

  • 10 Sep 2019
    Human emotional vocalisations: learned or innate?

    Are emotional expressions shaped by innate specialised mechanisms that guide learning, or do they develop exclusively from learning? In a classic ‘nature versus nurture’ study, social psychology researcher Disa ...

  • 4 Sep 2019
    9/11: One event, many meanings

    The 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers prompted an intensification of the debate around Islam in the Netherlands, while in the United States they were seen as a brutal disruption of its national security utopia. Is an ...

  • 3 Sep 2019
    Map of Europe containing pushpins
    Prestigious ERC Starting Grants awarded to 10 UvA researchers

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Starting Grants to no fewer than 10 researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The laureates are Marija Bartl, Cristóbal Bonelli, Thomas Buser, Corentin ...

  • 3 Sep 2019
    New technologies
    Fourth AI University Professor appointed

    The University of Amsterdam has appointed Prof. Natali Helberger as a new University Professor to the chair in Law and Digital Technology, with a special emphasis on Artificial Intelligence. Her appointment will ...

  • 30 Aug 2019
    Plants, roots
    €20 million for plant stress research

    A consortium headed by the University of Amsterdam will receive a grant of over €20 million to study the relationship between plants and the microorganisms that live on their roots. In due course, this project is ...

  • 15 Jul 2019
    Plants, IBED
    Plants under drought stress change their microbes through their roots

    Plants that are under stress from drought can change the behavior of nearby fungi and bacteria, according to a new study led by Franciska de Vries, professor of Earth Surface Science at the University of Amsterdam. ...

  • 9 Jul 2019
    Smog, China
    Drop in air pollution a major boost for solar power in China

    China could significantly increase its production of solar-generated electricity by taking meaningful steps to cut back current air pollution levels. This is one of the main conclusions of a new joint research paper ...

  • 21 Jun 2019
    Zelfportret, Vincent van Gogh, 1887 (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)
    The similarities between a Van Gogh painting and a golf ball

    On a molecular scale, there are surprising similarities between the outer shell of a golf ball and the white oil paint used by Van Gogh and his contemporaries. In both cases, the interactions between zinc ions and ...

  • 18 Jun 2019
    Klimaatverandering / microben
    Leaving microbes out of climate change conversation has major consequences, experts warn

    An international group of leading microbiologists, including UvA professor Jef Huisman, have issued a warning that climate change will have a major impact on microorganisms with cascading effects on ecosystems, ...