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Unilever named as the company with the most brands in the Kantar Worldpanel Global Top 50

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The extensive analysis of FMCG brands measures which brands are being bought by the most consumers, most often, around the world. It examines around 1bn households and 300bn shopper decisions across 39 countries. Unilever’s brands include Knorr, Dove, Lux, and Sunlight, all of which feature in the top 20, with Lifebuoy, the world's leading health soap, at number 3. Unilever’s Brooke Bond Tea is a new addition to the top 50. Sunlight features as the top Homecare brand, with Dove adding the most consumers to its portfolio reaching 14 million n... Read More »

ERC Advanced Grant awarded to three UvA professors

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The projects: Prof. Jean-Sébastien Caux (Institute of Physics) – DYNAMINT: Dynamics of Probed, Pulsed, Quenched and Driven Integrable Quantum Systems In atomic, condensed matter and nanophysics settings, quantum matter is nowadays routinely pushed beyond the traditional low-energy/linear response/thermal equilibrium textbook paradigms. Recent experiments have shown that by cleverly ‘hitting’ a system in the right way, one can create states with novel and useful properties. The problem is that currently-available theoretical methods are unable... Read More »

Philips to acquire Australian pharmacy sleep services pioneer

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Founded in 2011, APSS has a unique sleep apnea program for pharmacies that includes screening, home-based sleep studies based on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, training and services. The retail pharmacy market provides a convenient and central local access point to offer simple and effective sleep screening. This screening is aimed at assessing sleep quality and determining if subsequent sleep treatment may be required. APSS works closely with medical professionals for assessment and diagnosis of sleep problems, and subsequ... Read More »

Impression kick-off meeting consultation new University Library

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Exhibition Kees van Ast (Portfolio Holder for Finance and Operational Management of the Executive Board), Maria Heijne (Director of the University Library UvA/AUAS), Gerard Nijsten (Director of Operational Management of the Faculty of Humanities) and Cees van der Wolf (Director of Campus and Real Estate Development) were also present at the meeting to provide further information and answer questions. The attendees learned more about the designs and the consultation process, and this was followed by an interesting, lively and constructive discu... Read More »

A new approach to the quantum measurement problem

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Relaxation of sub-ensembles Understanding the quantum measurement process requires describing the measured system and the measurement apparatus as a compound quantum system governed by the rules of quantum statistical mechanics. The dynamical process that this system undergoes appears to be a relaxation to thermodynamic equilibrium. The final state thus reached yields information about a large statistical ensemble of runs but does not describe individual runs of the measurement. The authors note that decompositions of this final state may gene... Read More »

Registration open for Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2017

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Participating in this contest will give you an excellent opportunity to develop your idea further and explore its potential. The jury, chaired by Mirjam van Praag, will select 10 finalists based on innovativeness, feasibility and fulfilment of a market need. Early birds will receive professional support from our business developers. The finalists will receive a professional pitch training. Part of the Innovation Award is the Science & Business program, which gives you the opportunity to get connected with relevant partners. Based on your... Read More »

Prestigious Vici grants for four UvA researchers

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The projects: Prof. Hilde Geurts (Psychology): The curious case of autism and aging With increasing age, people’s cognitive skills decline. How quickly this happens, differs among people and depends on a variety of factors. It is not known whether having autism is a risk-factor for aging or a potential protective factor. In this project this will be tested and influential factors will be determined. Dr Filip Meysman (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics): Microbial electricity: a surprise from the seafloor In the seafloor bacte... Read More »

Amsterdam ranked best student city in the Netherlands

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In the latest ranking, Amsterdam is placed 36th out of 100 cities from across the globe and is the only Dutch city on the list. Last year, Amsterdam also came out on top in the Netherlands. Methodology The QS Best Student Cities ranking is based on a number of factors, including diversity, affordability and employment prospects, and assesses cities in six categories: student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability, rankings and student view. Top 3 This year’s QS Best Student Cities ranking is topped by Montréal, followed by Pari... Read More »

Philips and Diagnostics Development win European Union ‘Horizon Prize – Better Use of Antibiotics’ for the rapid detection of bacterial infection on Philips’ Minicare I-20 platform

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Antimicrobial agents – such as antibiotics – have dramatically reduced the number of deaths from infectious diseases since their introduction 70 years ago. However, through their overuse and misuse, many micro-organisms have become resistant to them. It is estimated that each year this growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) causes around 25,000 deaths and accounts for over EUR 1.5 billion in healthcare costs and productivity losses in Europe alone, making it one of the greatest challenges facing society today. To boost development and bring new... Read More »

UvA ranked most international university in the Netherlands

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Methodology The Most International Universities in the World ranking is a new initiative by Times Higher Education and is drawn largely from the ‘international outlook’ pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, which covers international staff, students and co-authors. It also includes a measure of universities’ international reputations, taken from THE’s annual Academic Reputation Survey. The UvA is ranked 63rd in the World University Rankings 2016-2017. Top 3 The inaugural Most International Universities in the World is led by t... Read More »

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