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Results: 1 - 20 of 205
Results: 1 - 20 of 205
  • UvA honorary doctorate for top economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
    30 Nov 2021
    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is awarding an honorary doctorate to economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Okonjo-Iweala is receiving the honorary doctorate for her crucial work as Director-General of the World Trade ...
  • Which stereotypes are ingrained in AI language models?
    24 Nov 2021
    As artificial intelligence continues to permeate our daily lives, more attention is being paid to the reliability and fairness of AI. Depending on how exactly they are made, AI algorithms can inadvertently ...
  • UvA honorary doctorates for vaccine developers Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci
    23 Nov 2021
    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is awarding honorary doctorates to immunologists and married couple Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci. Sahin and Türeci receive the honorary doctorates for their crucial contributions to ...
  • picture of boy laughing in the Netherlands and girl laughing Japan
    Can we tell someone’s cultural group from the way they laugh?
    15 Nov 2021
    Can we infer someone’s cultural group from their laugher, even when we do not know what they are laughing at? And what kind of laughter do we find most positive? A new study by researchers from the University of ...
  • newspaper with alarming headlines about climate change
    Why we might need more solutions journalism about climate change
    12 Nov 2021
    Alarming news about climate change dominates in news media. And we need to be alarmed, but does negative news alone have the desired effect on people and get them engaged? Or might we also need more of a different ...
  • Online news consumption can increase the divide between citizens, but also boost political involvement
    10 Nov 2021
    In the past everyone used to read the same news (one size fits all), but now we get our own made-to-measure news portions. News is selected based on our taste and online behaviour. Does it matter that we no longer ...
  • picture of business people
    There is a rising global elite, but (yet) without a common goal
    2 Nov 2021
    Are people like Jeff Bezos from Amazon, Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook and Jack Ma from Alibaba part of a global power elite who make decisions about our future world? Diliara Valeeva analysed 200 million corporations ...
  • Daniel Mügge, Professor of Political Arithmetic at the University of Amsterdam
    Why we need to understand the limitations of economic figures
    1 Nov 2021
    The newspapers are often full of figures that reflect how our economy is doing, for example in terms of unemployment or inflation. ‘However, these figures are far from objective’, warns political economist Daniel ...
  • UvA biologists find gene that creates extra vacuoles in plant cells
    28 Oct 2021
    Sometimes plant cells don’t have just one large central cavity, or vacuole, but several. These can even have different functions. How is that possible? A team led by UvA biologists Ronald Koes and Francesca ...
  • picture of a brain filled with music notes
    Music interventions effective against stress
    27 Oct 2021
    Stress has become an integral part of our society. Research shows that the negative impact of stress is a major risk factor for the development of physical and mental health problems. It follows that we try to ...
  • Children and robots: future friends?
    26 Oct 2021
    In the future, humans will come into contact more and more frequently with ‘social robots’ – robots designed specifically for interactions with people. Children are increasingly likely to encounter such robots in ...
  • woman wears vr headset and is in shock
    Virtual reality: a front-row seat to the impact of (un)sustainable behaviour
    15 Oct 2021
    Witness first-hand how your mountain of waste plastic expands over the years and what impact your food has on the rainforests. Virtual reality gives you a front-row seat to the impact of unsustainable behaviour. ...
  • UvA scientists develop fully solar-driven autonomous chemical mini-plant
    14 Oct 2021
    Professor Timothy Noël and co-workers in the Flow Chemistry group of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences have developed a fully operational standalone solar-powered mini-reactor ...
  • man sticks his head in the sand
    How to explain denial of climate change and how to deal with this?
    14 Oct 2021
    The scientific evidence that human behaviour leads to climate change is overwhelming. Yet, there is still a small group of people who do not believe climate change is real or bad for us. How to explain this denial of ...
  • group of small figures standing on a mobile phone, shouting and with their fists in the air
    New computational model suggests the existence of polarization tipping-points
    12 Oct 2021
    Politics around the world has in recent decades entered an era of political polarization, in which politics appears like a struggle between warring tribes. An interdisciplinary team of sociologists and physicists ...
  • skyline of city, you see a lot of water and building
    Urban densification processes put increasing pressure on urban greenspaces
    11 Oct 2021
    Through analysis of satellite imagery, researchers of the University of Amsterdam found a substantial loss of green space in the cities of Amsterdam and Brussels, 15.7% per capita in Amsterdam and 26.5% in Brussels. ...
  • A new framework for protecting mental health in cities
    8 Oct 2021
    People who live in cities face many challenges that threaten their mental health. In countries in which relatively higher numbers of people live in cities, depression, anxiety and addiction are generally more common. ...
  • Christian Burgers
    Christian Burgers appointed Professor of Communication and Organisations
    7 Oct 2021
    Christian Burgers has been appointed Professor of Communication and Organisations for the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). How would he describe his chair? What is its ...
  • figuire of a head caught in a network
    A method to better understand complex behaviour
    7 Oct 2021
    The Covid-19 pandemic showed how difficult it can be to change people's behaviour. Indeed, there is an increasing awareness stemming from psychology that our behaviour is determined by a complex interplay of ...
  • woman recycling plastic
    Why a fundamental problem of climate change is psychological
    28 Sep 2021
    Do we feel an urgency, do we think our actions matter, are we willing to accept sustainable alternatives? Social psychologists Cameron Brick, Frenk van Harreveld and Maria Zwicker study our behaviour in reaction to ...