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Results: 101 - 150 of 774
  • Embed public values in AI development
    3 Sep 2020
    Digital systems are becoming ever smarter and able to self-learn. This can be great for end users, who will receive much better services. But to what extent are public values safeguarded in this development? Do we ...
  • UvA in 66th place in Times Higher Education World University Rankings
    2 Sep 2020
    The University of Amsterdam is ranked 66th in the 2020-2021 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, which were published on 2 September. This is a slight drop compared to last year, when the UvA was ...
  • Effective digital mental health more necessary than ever during COVID-19 pandemic
    31 Aug 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused worldwide fear, uncertainty and restriction of movement. The physical distancing, socio-economic consequences of quarantine measures, and the loss of social support are a grave threat ...
  • Would you fall for a fake video? UvA research suggests you might
    24 Aug 2020
    As concerns about election interference around the globe continue to rise, the phenomenon of deepfakes and their possible impact on democratic processes remains surprisingly understudied. An interdisciplinary team of ...
  • Building a bias when making economic decisions
    24 Aug 2020
    Contrary to classical economic theories, people do not make economic decisions that benefit them the most but are biased towards default options. This bias has mostly been explained by how the options are framed. An ...
  • Gerard Nijsten appointed director of UvA/HvA Library
    14 Aug 2020
    Gerard Nijsten has been appointed as the new head of the UvA/HvA Library, effective 1 November 2020. Nijsten is currently director of operational management at the UvA’s Faculty of Humanities.
  • Is political microtargeting a threat to democracy?
    20 Jul 2020
    Microtargeting allows political players to send tailored messages to citizens in order to influence them. This could explain the successful Leave campaign in the UK, not to mention the surprising election of Donald ...
  • European research institutes advocate a more ambitious EU budget
    14 Jul 2020
    More than 800 universities are calling on the European Council to come up with more far-reaching ambitions for European research, innovation and education. The current budget is insufficient, in their view.
  • Offer employees challenging tasks, but vary in the type of challenge
    3 Jul 2020
    Employees seek challenging experiences in their job in order to develop their skills. It is no surprise then, that many people are looking for challenge. According to the results of a new study, led by organisational ...
  • Eight UvA researchers test innovative ideas using Idea Generator funding
    3 Jul 2020
    Eight UvA researchers have had their proposals for out-of-the-box research ideas awarded funding from the Dutch Research Agenda’s Idea Generator programme. The researchers will each receive 50,000 euros to further ...
  • Intreeweek 2020: a warm welcome - online and in the city
    2 Jul 2020
    A warm welcome to all new students, the perfect start to your time at the UvA and to your studies, getting to know the city and each other. These are the goals of Intreeweek at the UvA. The Intreeweek Board, ...
  • Cover Venus of Shocking Blue
    How The Hague became ‘Beat City no. 1’
    1 Jul 2020
    What made The Hague into a place that could produce such worldwide hits as Venus and Radar Love? According to social geographers Robert Kloosterman and Amanda Brandellero, it was a combination of influences from the ...
  • Understanding the effectiveness of learning within learning communities
    26 Jun 2020
    Learning communities are in vogue to promote organizational learning. Yet, a theory that explains whether, when and why they work is missing. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam received funding to develop ...
  • Transforming Dutch youth care. Learning from Utrecht
    26 Jun 2020
    Since 2015, Dutch municipalities are responsible for all youth care. Most Dutch municipalities have made limited progress in achieving the main goals of the reform while also struggling with endemic budget deficits. ...
  • Institutional racism and academia
    24 Jun 2020
    The killing of George Floyd has prompted renewed focus on institutional racism around the world, including in the Netherlands. However, not everybody agrees on what institutional racism is, how it operates and how we ...
  • Humans can recognise behavioural contexts from chimpanzees’ vocalizations
    18 Jun 2020
    A new study shows that humans can infer specific information when genetically closely related species verbally express emotions. In an experiment including over 3000 human listeners judging 155 vocalizations of 66 ...
  • Social safety top priority
    16 Jun 2020
    Social safety of students and staff is an absolute priority for the UvA and for us personally too. We are deeply ashamed by any case that surfaces. We must all be aware that there can be no place for sexism and ...
  • How is protest heard?
    16 Jun 2020
    Protest is an important means of making yourself heard as a citizen, and sometimes even the last resort. We see this with the protests in the US and in Hong Kong, but also closer to home. But how is protest heard? ...
  • UvA climbs to 61st place in QS World University Rankings
    10 Jun 2020
    The University of Amsterdam has climbed 3 places in the QS World University Rankings 2020-2021, moving from 64th to 61st place. The rankings list was published by QS on Wednesday, 10 June.
  • Four new AI research proposals awarded funding
    9 Jun 2020
    The UvA’s Human(e) AI Research Priority Area (RPA) has announced a second round of seed funding, to be awarded to four teams looking at topics related to the pursuit of responsible, trustworthy and value-driven AI. ...
  • Are strongmen a particular ‘breed’ of political figures?
    8 Jun 2020
    We know much about the behaviour and policies of right-wing autocrats, but little was known about their personality profile. Alessandro Nai (University of Amsterdam) and Emre Toros (Hacettepe University, Ankara) ...
  • What explains violence in elections?
    4 Jun 2020
    Last year, more than one hundred people died during the general elections in Nigeria. When and why do we see such violence? How can we understand why politicians sometimes engage in violence themselves, while in ...
  • UvA campuses smoke-free as of August 2020
    29 May 2020
    As of 1 August 2020, smoking will no longer be allowed on UvA premises. From that day, Dutch educational institutions, from primary schools to universities, will be obligated to keep their premises smoke-free.
  • Ciclovia, Bogota, Colombia, 2017
    What can we learn from street experiments?
    19 May 2020
    For a long time the car appeared to be the dominant force in urban streets but, increasingly, we are seeing experiments which aim to design streets as places for people. Especially now that our use of public spaces ...
  • Image: Amsterdam Museum
    Now on display: digital exhibition ‘Corona in the City'
    15 May 2020
    The digital exhibition ‘Corona in the City’ set up by the Amsterdam Museum - in collaboration with, among others, the UvA - opened on Friday, 15 May. On coronaindestad.nl you can view, read and listen to stories of ...
  • Closing schools increases educational inequality
    15 May 2020
    When the schools in the Netherlands closed on 16 March, children had to learn at home and parents took up a key responsibility to assist them. Preliminary research by the University of Amsterdam suggests that this ...
  • Communication scientists at the UvA turn their attention to the digital society
    14 May 2020
    Computers and technology are becoming increasingly important in society. What algorithms determine what my Facebook Timeline looks like? How harmful is misinformation? And who do we think would make fairer decisions, ...
  • Minne Fekkes, professor by special appointment of Social Skills and Resilience
    6 May 2020
    Dr M. Fekkes (1971) has been appointed professor by special appointment of Social Skills and Resilience at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The chair was established on behalf ...
  • In Rosie We Trust…how are families using virtual assistants?
    1 May 2020
    Virtual assistants, which use speech recognition to carry out a growing number of tasks, are becoming increasingly popular. We still do not know much about how families with young children are using this new type of ...
  • Willingness to help mainly involves own group
    30 Apr 2020
    The coronavirus crisis confronts us with questions concerning common interest and self-interest. Do people and countries think of themselves or others? Research shows that while people are willing to set aside their ...
  • Scientists launch website that seeks the ideal exit strategy
    20 Apr 2020
    The intelligent lockdown is certainly necessary, but is also causing serious damage to society on almost every conceivable level. That’s why it’s essential to resume ‘normal life’ as quickly as possible. So it’s a ...
  • Can we learn from our dealings with the coronavirus to stop climate change?
    15 Apr 2020
    The speed at which people adapt to stop the spread of Covid19 is impressive. It contrasts with the speed and motivation to adjust behaviour when it comes to other global issues, such as climate change. Why this ...
  • EU-funded researchers concerned how coronavirus will impact refugees
    9 Apr 2020
    Concern for the well-being of refugees is growing. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) sounded the alarm over conditions in crowded reception centres on five Greek islands. Is the EU doing enough to ...
  • Mapping the effects of homeschooling on social inequality in educational outcomes
    8 Apr 2020
    UvA sociologist Thijs Bol is going to map the short- and long-term effects of homeschooling during the coronacrisis on social inequality in educational outcomes. This project is co-financed by ODISSEI in the extra ...
  • How to make social skills training for children even better
    8 Apr 2020
    We all want children to be able to function well in social groups, and various social skills training programmes are available for children for whom this is a challenge. Studies have already proven these training ...
  • Research into ‘corona humour’
    6 Apr 2020
    UvA communication scientist Mark Boukes collects and analyses corona humour from around the globe, together with Giselinde Kuipers from KU Leuven. What differences exist between humorous expressions in various ...
  • Postponed: 2020 Student Council elections
    3 Apr 2020
    The student council elections will be postponed by three weeks and will now be held in the week of 8-12 June. The processes surrounding the elections have also been adjusted in such a way that any moments requiring ...
  • UvA data scientists volunteer their expertise
    3 Apr 2020
    A great deal of research and data will be required to bring the Covid-19 pandemic to a halt and solve the problems it has caused. UvA scientists are now volunteering to help conduct statistical data analysis for ...
  • All at home: the impact of Covid-19 policies and media coverage on families with very young children
    2 Apr 2020
    Before the Covid-19 pandemic a team of UvA sociologists launched a research project to study the daily lives of Amsterdam families with very young children. During this pandemic the project continues, now also ...
  • Uncertainty, concern, fear, panic or mass hysteria?
    31 Mar 2020
    People worldwide are scared of the coronavirus. They are anxious that their friends and family will be infected, of that they will be infected themselves. Does that mean we are dealing with mass panic or mass ...
  • Ward Berenschot, professor by special appointment of Comparative Political Anthropology of South and Southeast Asia
    31 Mar 2020
    Dr Ward Berenschot (1977) has been appointed professor by special appointment of Comparative Political Anthropology of South and Southeast Asia at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of ...
  • Dutch citizens support European solidarity in fighting epidemic
    26 Mar 2020
    Dutch citizens are prepared to give the European Union a more central role when it comes to fighting an epidemic. This is the result of a survey conducted before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis by an ...
  • Does praying help?
    24 Mar 2020
    In these uncertain times, we do whatever we can to feel a certain sense of control. Some buy surgical masks and hoard supplies, while others organise a national day of prayer. UvA social psychologist Michiel van Elk ...
  • Most people remain decent even when under pressure
    24 Mar 2020
    The rapid spread of the coronavirus is generating anxiety, stress and pressure. How does this affect people? Some studies claim that stress and pressure make people greedy. Other studies, in contrast, predict ...
  • The impact of economic news
    16 Mar 2020
    Recent economic news has certainly been gloomy. Studies confirm that negative economic news causes us to think more negative thoughts and can lead to a loss of confidence in the political system. Surprisingly, these ...
  • All teaching on location suspended until the end of March
    12 Mar 2020
    The new measures announced by the cabinet to limit the consequences of the coronavirus also have major implications for the UvA. It has been decided that for the rest of this month teaching activities will be ...
  • UvA Bachelor’s Day cancelled
    12 Mar 2020
    After consulting with experts the UvA has regretfully had to decide that the Bachelor’s Day scheduled for this Saturday, 14 March cannot go ahead, to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. The most important ...
  • UvA scientists explain the implications of the coronavirus
    5 Mar 2020
    The coronavirus last week reached the Netherlands and began to spread around the country. How has the Dutch population reacted? What is a useful frame of reference for this situation? And what are the legal ...
  • Portrait Cristóbal Bonelli
    Fossil-free living comes at a price – the disruptive effects of lithium mining
    4 Mar 2020
    Demand for electric cars has exploded as a result of the energy transition, propelling demand for the main raw material in car batteries: lithium. However, efforts to make one part of the world 'greener' are ...
  • UvA Communication & Media Studies once again number 1 in world: QS ranking
    4 Mar 2020
    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has been ranked best in the world for Communication Science & Media for the third year in a row. The UvA ranks among the top 100 worldwide in 27 out of the 47 subject areas measured ...