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Gravitation award for FLOW: "We will be able to steer the fates of proteins"

  • #chemistry

The Dutch government is investing 23 million euros in a major research project led by Utrecht University. The consortium of researchers involved in FLOW will, for the first time, comprehensively chart the supervision of specific proteins within the cell, from cradle to grave. Ultimately, leveraging this understanding, they aim to exert control over the fate of these proteins. Such insights could pave the way for novel therapeutic approaches targeting diseases like Parkinson's and cystic fibrosis.

The principal investigators are Ineke Braakman (Utrecht University), Mireille Claessens (Twente University), Friedrich Förster (Utrecht University), Mark Hipp (UMC Groningen), Stefan Rüdiger (Utrecht University) and Alfred Vertegaal (Leiden UMC).

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Bus driver and Assistant Professor: a unique double position

  • #computerscience
  • #technology

Stories from the Lab: the AI & Mobility Lab

Marcel van Kooten Niekerk works at the AI & Mobility Lab AI Labs (Utrecht University) on possible applications for artificial intelligence in public transport, but besides that he still loves sitting in the driver's seat of the public bus.

Read his story here.

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NWO grants for AI research on privacy-preserving cancer studies and virtual harassment

Two projects by Utrecht University researchers are receiving a grant from the National Growth Fund program AINed. This funding will propel promising, innovative, and bold initiatives in the field of artificial intelligence, addressing pressing needs in healthcare and virtual reality.

Julian Frommel, Assistant Professor in the Interaction/Multimedia group of the Faculty of Science, will conduct research on harassment in virtual reality environments. His colleague Wilson dos Santos Silva, newly appointed at the same faculty, will focus on improving AI models that can learn from patient data from different hospitals without breaching privacy.

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PhD Day 2024 - Scientists of the Future

Are you a GSLS PhD candidate at Utrecht University? Join the PhD Day on July 1st 2024!

Every year the GSLS PhD Council organizes the PhD Day: an inspiring afternoon with plenary sessions and interactive workshops. The event will end with a dinner in the Botanical Gardens. This year's theme is 'Scientists of the Future'.

There are sessions about Open Science, AI, science communication, inclusion and more! Visit the website for the full program.

You can register before 10 June.

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The energy transition under the nanoscope: Gravitation funding for ANION project

  • #chemistry
  • #physics

Bringing together chemists and physicists to thoroughly investigate how electrochemical processes work on the smallest scale. That is the goal of the new Advanced Nano-electrochemistry Institute of the Netherlands, or ANION for short. The consortium receives a Gravitation funding of 23.6 million euros for this purpose. Professor Petra de Jongh from Utrecht University is one of the co-applicants.

There are still a lot of unsolved mysteries in electrochemistry. The ANION scientists will investigate the processes that are important for batteries, electrolysers, and fuel cells.

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Future of Work Conference on staff shortages

  • #psychologicalsciences
  • #sociology

On 27 June the Future of Work conference is held in Utrecht. This year's central theme is staff shortages. 

The conference will be held in Dutch. 

Programme
With:

  • Anne van der Put (Sociology)

  • Chris Janssen (Applied psychology) 

  • Maartje de Graaf (Human-Computer Interaction)

  • Marguerite van de Berg (Organisational science. Author: 'Werk is geen oplossing')

Registration will soon be open here.

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Suzanne McGowan appointed Professor of Aquatic Ecosystem Dynamics

  • #biologicalsciences
  • #environmentalscience
  • #geosciences

Special chair connects Geosciences and Biology

Utrecht University has appointed Suzanne McGowan as Special Professor of Aquatic Ecosystem Dynamics. Her chair offers a unique combination between the university's faculties of Science and Geosciences. McGowan integrates this with her main affiliation as the Head of Aquatic Ecology at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). As a professor, she aims to uncover how water ecosystems have been functioning, and how the major changes on our planet affect this.

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Chimpanzees are able to learn from their conspecifics what they cannot innovate themselves

  • #biologicalsciences
  • #environmentalscience

Insights into 'hot topic' in behavioral research

Chimpanzees that are unable to figure out a complex puzzle on their own, are capable of learning the solution from other chimps that were trained to solve it. Utrecht University researcher Edwin van Leeuwen and international colleagues conclude this based on experiments conducted with groups of chimpanzees in Zambia. The study demonstrates, for the first time, that chimpanzees, like humans, can acquire skills from one another that they cannot innovate themselves. In doing so, the study offers new insight into the evolution of culture.

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Many new oncology drugs approved in the EU lack proof of added benefit

  • #pharmacologicalsciences

Many cancer drugs recently approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) lack clear proof of added benefit. This is particularly the case for drugs that are granted via special processes, intended to accelerate the approval of promising treatments. A research team from Utrecht University draws this conclusion today in the scientific journal The BMJ. Their study also indicates that almost all oncology drugs, including these fast-tracked drugs, manage to recover their substantial research and development (R&D) costs relatively quickly after approval.

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WomenNetPhysics: the first Dutch conference about women working in physics

  • #physics

Although universities are trying their best to attract more female physics students, still only about one in four students is female. This means that women who choose physics often end up in the minority throughout their careers.

On March 22, Utrecht University will host the very first conference in the Netherlands about women working in physics. WomenNetPhysics is a networking event for anyone interested in the role of women in physics, no matter where you are in your career – whether you're a student, academic, or industry professional.

Read more and register for WomenNetPhysics