The world is facing major challenges. Physicist play an important part in finding solutions to these issues. Resources are running thin, while the demand for oil expands. New energy sources and energy carriers must be discovered. People grow older and the world population is expanding rapidly. By unraveling the physics of cells and organisms, new medial techniques can be developed. That's why physicists at VU University focus on Life and Energy.
The different educational programmes from the department apply the same focus. The fundamental knowledge that students acquire during their studies, will make it possible for the next generation to contribute to science and society, now and in the future. Alumni of the VU work as researchers at universities and research centers and at companies, such as Phillips, Oce, ASML, Shell and Accenture.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at VU Amsterdam offers an active and engaged intellectual community composed of researchers from around the world. Research is focused on four themes: (i) high-energy and gravitational physics, (ii) quantum metrology and laser applications, (iii) physics of life and health, and (iv) physics of photosynthesis and energy.
The department is involved in teaching in the programs Physics and Astronomy (joint degree with the University of Amsterdam), Science Business and Innovation, Medical Natural Sciences (all three BSc and MSc), and the BSc program in Mechanical Engineering (together with University of Twente).
Furthermore, the department has a strong track record in valorization of its research, including translational research to the clinic (often together with the Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc (on campus) and location AMC), collaborations with industry (e.g. ARCNL), and a thriving startup scene.