VU Stories

'I traded business for television'

Marjolein de Jong30 October 2019
Sandra Ysbrandy had worked her way up the ladder at Rabobank, however she decided to set a radical new course for her career.

Susanne makes a living handling death

Marjolein de Jong5 September 2019
Susanne Duijvestein decided to make a radical career change and became a funeral director. Her mission? To change the world of funeral service.

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