VU Stories

1 study, 3 jobs: Philosophy

Eline Doldersum28 January 2019
There are now more than 107.000 VU alumni. Where did they end up after graduation?

TWINS COME TOGETHER FOR ALZHEIMER RESEARCH

9 July 2018
You might have thought that you were seeing double at UMC Amsterdam’s Alzheimer Centre. Approximately 50 pairs of identical twins came together.

2 MILLION FOR GUSZTI EIBEN’S ROBOT EVOLUTION

Editorial31 May 2018
Guszti Eiben, known for the first baby robot to come from two robot parents, is looking to evolve robots into versions that clean up nuclear plants.

Erik Scherder: 'Stress at work is great!'

Rianne Lindhout17 December 2017
‘Stress is great! Stress is life-saving!’ With his characteristic, springy stride, Erik Scherder walks back and forth in the lecture hall.

‘I HAD THE BEST FRIES OF MY LIFE IN THE NETHERLANDS’

René Rector21 June 2017
Her original goal was to help her country deal with water-related problems. Today, she is a Disaster Risk Reduction Associate at United Nation

‘AS A CHEMIST, I WANT TO HELP COMPLY WITH THE CLIMATE AGREEMENT’

Floor Schrijvers8 June 2017
He has 200 patents to his name, but one of the Netherlands’ most innovative chemists really just wanted to study medicine.

JAAP BLAAK WAS THE FIRST TO CONGRATULATE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Jaap Blaak6 April 2017
When Martin Luther King Jr. was presented with an honorary doctorate from the VU Amsterdam in 1965, physics and economics student Jaap Blaak

‘DOING NOTHING IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE EVERYTHING TURN OUT WRONG’

Rianne Lindhout9 March 2017
What do old newspapers, climate-neutral eggs and solar-powered lights in Africa have to do with one another? Together with many, many other projects

WILLEMSPARKWEG 200. HISTORY OF A VU STUDENT HOUSE

Siebold Hartkamp2 March 2017
In an attempt to prevent eviction, in 1965 the tenants of a stately home on the Willemsparkweg contacted the fledgling Student Housing Foundation at

‘IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT HEALING THE BODY, IT’S ALSO ABOUT HEALING THE MIND’

René Rector23 January 2017
Eveliene Manten-Horst planned on a career in a laboratory after her studies in Biomedical Science. But after she earned her PhD, she changed course.