For the first time, astronomers have managed to take a photo of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. They used the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a worldwide network of eight radio telescopes, that together form ...
5 Apr 2019
What do earthquakes and violins have in common?
A violinist produces music because his or her bow 'stick-slips' along the strings of the violin: there is no continuous sliding movement, but an alternation of standstill and slip. This effect is caused by the fact ...
2 Apr 2019
Nobel Prize winner visits Amsterdam Science Park for FYSICA 2019
The Amsterdam Science Park will receive a special visitor this Friday, 5 April: Nobel Prize winner Gérard Mourou is one of the speakers at FYSICA 2019, the annual congress of the Dutch Society for Physics. In ...
28 Mar 2019
ERC Advanced Grant for UvA physicists Jan de Boer and Daniel Bonn
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded prestigious Advanced Grants to UvA professors Jan de Boer and Daniel Bonn. The grant, which totals 2.5 million euros for each project, is awarded on the basis of the ...
27 Mar 2019
World in Vibration
Filmmaker Huub Rutjes and pianist Yuri van Nieuwkerk both studied physics in Amsterdam. This common background led to their show ‘World in vibration’, a performance about physics, music and harmony. On the evening of ...
25 Mar 2019
Zakya Kafafi appointed Physics & Astronomy Visiting Professor
In the context of the Visiting Professorship program of the institutes of Physics and Astronomy of the UvA and the VU, Prof. Zakya Kafafi (Lehigh University) will visit Amsterdam for different periods in 2019, ...
7 Mar 2019
Laenen and Waalewijn receive SPARC grant for particle research
A collaboration grant from the Indian Government has been awarded to UvA-IoP researchers Eric Laenen and Wouter Waalewijn, together with colleagues from the Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad, from the ...
4 Mar 2019
Physics Show: What’s (the) Matter?
The Bonn Physics Show comes to the Netherlands! The show with spectacular physics experiments visits Amsterdam for three performances on 5 and 6 April 2019. Tickets (free!) for the shows in the Compagnietheater are ...
28 Feb 2019
Anne de Visser selected as Outstanding Referee
The American Physical Society has selected UvA-physicist Dr Anne de Visser as an Outstanding Referee. De Visser is one of 143 physicists – out of a total of more than 71,000 – who have received this honor this year.
28 Feb 2019
Ten researchers to conduct research at UvA with Marie Curie Fellowship
Ten talented researchers have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The awarded projects include research on public support for ...
26 Feb 2019
Neutrinos seen in the clustering of galaxies
At early times, the universe was an energetic mix of strongly interacting particles. The first particles to break free from this dense soup were neutrinos, the lightest and most weakly interacting particles of the ...
7 Feb 2019
Discovering new particles using black holes
Some theories that go beyond the Standard Model of particle physics predict the existence of new ultralight particles, with masses much below the lightest known particles in nature. When these particles have very ...
30 Jan 2019
Marta Volonteri, professor by special appointment of Black Hole Formation and Growth
Dr M. Volonteri (1974) has been named professor by special appointment of Black Hole Formation and Growth at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science. The chair was established on behalf of the Bèta ...
14 Jan 2019
Photosynthesis at nanoscale
Researchers from UvA and VU, collaborating within the Solardam initiative, have shown the existence of a new regime of energy transfer that plays an important role in the process of photosynthesis in plants. In this ...
10 Jan 2019
FameLab: Pitch your research!
Are you a PhD student or postdoc, between 21 - 40 years old, and would you like to learn how to explain your research to a general public ... in just three minutes? Join FameLab!
21 Dec 2018
Physics Projectruimte grants for Nissanke, Woutersen and Bonn
The board of NWO Domain Science (ENW) has granted funding for ten proposals in the Physics Projectruimte. Of the ten granted proposals, two were submitted by UvA scientists.
20 Dec 2018
UvA physicists successful in last NWO 'Vrije Programma's' round
In the last round in its current form, NWO has allocated a total of EUR 10 million to five new Physics Vrije Programma’s. UvA physicists have been very successful in this round, being involved in three out of the ...
18 Dec 2018
Nucleation of liquids visualised
Researchers from the UvA’s Institute of Physics (IoP) and Leiden University have found a new way to visualise and measure the nucleation process responsible for the formation of liquid droplets in vapour. Their ...
18 Dec 2018
Nature-inspired crystals for a better iron delivery
One quarter of the world’s population does not get the right nutrients needed for a healthy life. Low iron intake is a particularly challenging problem in this respect. A consortium consisting of physicists and ...
17 Dec 2018
Three NWO grants for fundamental chemical research
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded three ECHO grants to UvA researchers working at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), the Swammerdam Institute for Life ...