UvA Stories

  • ABS alumni in the spotlight

    Alon Ben Joseph

    At age 12, Alon Ben Joseph sold Swatch watches in his parents’ jewellery business; at 19, he became Vice President of that same business. He reinvented the jewellery industry by being the first to set up an e-boutique for online sales.

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  • Luca Bertolini

    The world is rapidly urbanising. How will city planners cope with larger populations? And how will future urban dwellers move about? These are some of the questions Luca Bertolini, professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the UvA, focuses on ...

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  • Yan Yang

    Yan Yang

    She studied so hard that she didn’t get to see much of Amsterdam, but Chinese student Yan Yang did learn to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). That brought her to New York, where she obtained a doctorate in molecular biology, ...

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    Frank Cobelens

    As newly appointed head of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), Prof. Frank Cobelens plans to build further on the institute's mission to provide sustainable solutions to major health problems.

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  • Arnold Smeulders

    Arnold Smeulders

    How will large-scale data sets and artificial intelligence change our lives?

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  • Mw. prof. dr. (Joyeeta) Gupta

    Joyeeta Gupta

    How do we ensure a better life for everyone on the planet without damaging the ecosystem on we all depend?

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  • Economics and Business alumni

    Thijs Meijer

    'There's more to entrepreneurship than just a good idea. The main thing is to know your customer and that's why I like to work with the lean start-up canvas and the business-model canvas.'

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  • SILS

    Cyriel Pennartz

    In 2013 the EU launched the Human Brain Project (HBP), the most comprehensive research project in the history of brain research. One of the HBP's sub-projects is being headed by Professor Cyriel Pennartz from the UvA's Swammerdam Institute for ...

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  • Prof Arian van Asten, professor Forensic Analytical Chemistry

    Arian van Asten and Maurice Aalders

    In 2013, the UvA took an important step in strengthening forensic research in the Netherlands by partnering in the creation of the Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Center (CLHC).

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  • M. Kindt

    Merel Kindt

    Is it possible to eliminate extreme anxiety? Merel Kindt, professor of Experimental Clinical Psychology at the UvA, is conducting research into a new form of therapy that promises to be a game-changer in the treatment of anxiety disorders

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  • Wout-Jan Bolhuizen

    Robert Kloosterman

    The process of urbanisation has increased noticeably in recent decades and has been accompanied by fundamental changes to urban areas as centres of economic activity. As professor of Economic Geography and Planning, Robert Kloosterman takes a ...

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  • Sunil Jhamb

    Sunil Jhamb

    He received an MBA from the Amsterdam Business School of the University of Amsterdam. Now he lives and works in India and the Netherlands.

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  • Nani Jansen

    Nani Jansen

    How do you become a human rights advocate? Which career choices brought Nani where she is now: defending the rights of journalists around the world?

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  • Buser

    Thomas Buser

    Are men more competitive than women? And if so, could this account for gender differences in career choices?

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  • Parika Ganeriwal

    Parika Ganeriwal

    What is it like to recieve the prestigious Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship? Parika Ganeriwal tells us about her experiences at the University of Amsterdam.

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  • Lionel Newman

    Lionel Newman

    What is it like to recieve the prestigious Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship? Lionel Newman tells us about his experiences at the University of Amsterdam.

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  • Ugur Ungor

    Ugur Ümit Üngör

    What is it like to examine mass murder and genocide? And what do episodes of mass violence such as the Rwandan Genocide tell us about the human propensity for bloodshed?

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    Philipp Koellinger

    Are our traits and behavioural predispositions the result of genetic hardwiring, or are we simply products of our environment?

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  • Prof Mark Deuze, professor Media Studies, Journalism

    Mark Deuze

    Is journalism dead? By no means, says Mark Deuze, professor of Media Studies. According to Deuze, the changing journalism landscape might be in flux, but is also alive and kicking.

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  • B. Kalir

    Barak Kalir

    Illegal immigration dominates the political agenda of many developed and developing countries. Nevertheless, despite huge sums being invested in identifying, tracking down and deporting undocumented migrants, illegal immigration continues to ...

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  • Prof Klaas Hellingwerf

    Klaas Hellingwerf

    According to two of the UvA’s brightest minds, a simple prokaryotic microorganism might be the answer to one of the world’s most complex issues.

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  • Deborah Herwald

    Deborah Herwald

    Having lived in the Netherlands for more than a quarter century, I moved to Berlin two years ago. Despite having grown up in Germany, going back isn't exactly easy.

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  • Kristie Tien

    Kristie Tien

    I often think back to my student days in Amsterdam. Walking across the beautiful inner square of Oudemanhuispoort with my legal texts, past the book market and along the canals towards Spui.

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  • Matthijs van Veelen

    Matthijs van Veelen

    ‘What, in evolutionary terms, do we have to gain from cooperating with one another? Why should something such as altruism exist?’

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  • Khalil Sima'an

    Khalil Sima'an

    Machine translations often leave much to be desired. Khalil Sima'an works on developing a self-learning translation machine that is able to preserve the original meaning of a text.

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