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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 »

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 »

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 »

Reinstate community health workers to reach vulnerable populations

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A community or lay health worker (CHLW) is a member of the community who is able to carry out functions related to health care delivery at community level without a formal certificate or educational degree. CHLWs have the potential to reach local and vulnerable populations but health programmes that include these workers often seem to fail and show high attrition rates. The authors propose that the roles and interests which support community health work should emerge directly from the way in which health is organized at community level. Acce... Read More »

Three UvA researchers receive Rubicon Grant

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Jesús Aguirre Gutiérrez (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics and Naturalis Biodiversity Center): Making Sense of Diversity: Remote Sensing of Functional Diversity of Tropical Forests The diversity of tree species in a forest ensures resilience against changes. Together with colleagues at Oxford University’s Centre for the Environment, Gutiérrez will use new satellite data, e.g. hyperspectral data, to distinguish tree species so that a forest's resilience can be determined remotely. Marc Heerdink (Psychology): Twitter Wars: Bipol... Read More »

First results advisory referendum and follow-up steps

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Turnout Of the 6,902 voting-eligible staff, 2,582 (37.4%) cast their vote (excluding AMC-UvA staff). Of the 34,849 students who were eligible to vote, 4,064 (11.66%) cast their vote. Results The questions posed by the committee broadly covered three topics: the creation of a broad deliberative forum (a ‘new-style senate’), a charter and four governance models. In short, the advisory referendum has shown that many people are in favour of a new-style senate and a charter. With respect to the preferred governance model, the picture is mixed ... Read More »

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