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Results: 1 - 20 of 184
  • Green project at the trainstation Sloterdijk in Amsterdam
    Greening our cities
    20 Sep 2021
    ‘It has to happen in the city. This is where a relatively large number of people feel the effects of climate warming and where greening has a potentially large impact.’ That’s the view of urban planner Mendel Giezen ...
  • UvA-led consortium wins NWO support for long-term programme on trustworthy AI
    20 Sep 2021
    A University of Amsterdam-led consortium which will focus on the development of trustworthy AI-based systems has been informed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) that NWO will support the ...
  • a man carries his child on his back in the midst of chaos
    When the village gets bombed
    16 Sep 2021
    Worldwide millions of parents and their children live in warzones or have fled their homes to look for safety elsewhere. How can parents raise their children when they have lost the resources they need to manage the ...
  • young person is binge drinking
    Risk exposure explaining age differences in risk-taking
    14 Sep 2021
    Laboratory and real world observations of risk-taking behaviour among children and adolescents show conflicting results. In the real world adolescents take more risks than children, but in lab settings they engage in ...
  • Researchers from UvA and Sanquin unravel how white blood cells can crawl through blood vessel walls
    13 Sep 2021
    When a pathogen such as a bacteria invades our body, the immune system sends white blood cells to the site of the infection to clear the invader. These white blood cells first travel through our blood vessels, but at ...
  • Study visit delegates from the U.S. observing a busy intersection during a guided bike tour. Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Cycling cities: how can cities build capacity to reshape urban transport
    27 Aug 2021
    Cities all over the world increasingly position bicycling as a key ingredient to achieve sustainable mobility goals, yet grapple with finding the right way how. Visiting ‘best practice’ places with high rates of ...
  • Juan Manuel Vazquez
    How do you audit Uber drivers and Airbnbers?
    23 Aug 2021
    Citizens who earn money through online platforms, such as Airbnb and Uber, often do not pay taxes on this income by themselves. To combat this fraud, governments are imposing increasingly strict reporting rules on ...
  • Mindfulness training reduces chance of unnecessary caesareans
    15 Jul 2021
    A short, group-based mindfulness training for pregnant women and their partners reduces the chance of a medically unnecessary caesarean birth by 50% and doubles the chance of a natural birth. This is the conclusion ...
  • Photo: Manuel de la Riva
    Winds and geography shape zigzag migration of Eleonora’s falcons between Canary Islands and Madagascar
    13 Jul 2021
    To reach their winter homes in Madagascar from their breeding grounds in the Canary Islands - and vice versa - Eleonora's falcons don’t take the shortest route, instead they zigzag across the width of Africa. This is ...
  • AI, Media & Democracy Lab receives ELSA Lab status
    12 Jul 2021
    The Dutch AI Coalition (NL AIC) has awarded the NL AIC Label to the AI, Media & Democracy Lab, a collaboration between the UvA, HvA, CWI, media partners, social partners and the municipality of Amsterdam. The Label ...
  • Flanders and the Netherlands join EDMO project in the fight against disinformation
    5 Jul 2021
    The European Commission recognises the relevance of the fight against disinformation and has therefore allocated two million euros to the Flemish-Dutch EDMO project. Within this project, a multidisciplinary hub will ...
  • mother is helping her daughter with home schooling
    Helping with schoolwork: when do parents feel capable of doing this?
    2 Jul 2021
    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many parents suddenly had to support their children with schoolwork on a daily basis. This was not always easy. How do you effectively provide instruction and keep your child focused? ...
  • Young women uses her hand as binoculars in front of her left eye
    Attention and expectations determine what we see
    29 Jun 2021
    Our senses process a massive amount of information, yet the world around us seems quite straightforward. Selective attention and expectations play an important role in this. ‘What we see every day and every moment is ...
  • UvA, TU Delft and Booking.com collaborate on research into better recommendation systems
    23 Jun 2021
    In the Mercury Machine Learning Lab, researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) will be working together with Booking.com on various improved recommendation ...
  • Don’t wait for that robot to take over your job
    22 Jun 2021
    AI can make people think differently about their work, causing them to question how skilled they still are and feel uncertain about the future of their job. Will your job soon be taken over by a robot? Such ...
  • Multinationals have a major influence on the European political agenda
    15 Jun 2021
    In Brussels, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) lobby hard on issues that are already on the political agenda, while companies lobby on issues they would like to see added to the agenda. ‘And ultimately, influence ...
  • Understanding Consciousness
    15 Jun 2021
    Waking up remains a strange sensation. Just one moment ago the world didn't exist for you and then, in a split second, it was there with all the smells, sounds, movements and visual sensations. For centuries ...
  • A giant inflated model of a bee during a demonstration in front of the EU Commission offices calling the EU to adopt a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides
    With these reforms the EU could rebuild public support
    10 Jun 2021
    Through its Green Deal the EU seeks a transition towards sustainable agriculture. This includes measures to reduce the risk and use of pesticides by 50% by 2030. Public support for these measures is crucial, but has ...
  • a network floating above the world
    Fundamental change in financial power structures
    8 Jun 2021
    Never before has the international network of global business been mapped out in such detail as it has been by researchers from the University of Amsterdam over the past 7 years. Their network analysis of 200 million ...
  • Killer algorithms: how to keep military AI under human control
    7 Jun 2021
    Although types of automated weapons have existed for hundreds of years – with anti-personnel mines being the earliest example – the development of such systems controlled by artificial intelligence (AI) has bought ...