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  • Plasma

    How a prize-winning computer model helped unlock the industrial potential of plasmas

    04-11-2022

    This summer, Dr. Paola Diomede (Circular Chemical Engineering) received the William Crookes prize. The prize is awarded for major contributions in plasma physics.

  • britt van belkom

    “Mmm… carrots!” How to teach toddlers to love vegetables

    13-10-2022

    Teaching toddlers and pre-schoolers a healthy diet is not easy. But children are not preordained to dislike vegetables, say PhD candidates Anouk van den Brand and Britt van Belkom. The key to success: persist and reward.

     

  • Show me your Twitter feed and I'll tell you what your problem is

    23-08-2022

    Data scientist Marijn ten Thij studies human behaviour on the basis of messages posted on social media. For example, he mapped the changing mood during the corona pandemic using 3.5 million tweets. The analysis of this kind of data is not only socially relevant, it could also help individuals in psychological distress. The underlying patterns are quite intriguing, says Ten Thij.

  • Chess Air Pollution

    Blue sky thinking – the hidden threat of fine particulate pollution

    16-08-2022

    For three years in a row, Steffen Künn and colleagues went to a seven-week-long chess tournament in Cologne to establish a link between levels of air pollution and cognitive performance. The somewhat alarming results were eagerly scooped up by the media, but it took even more data to convince the academic community that air pollution might affect our economy.

  • Circular Engineering

    Circular Engineering: at the intersection of sustainability and technology

    08-07-2022

    This academic year, Maastricht University launched the bachelor’s in Circular Engineering. New programme director Gavin Phillips and first-year students Maria el Kadi and Lea Dratwa discuss the how and why of this degree, which will help students to address existing as well as future sustainability challenges.

  • Dr. Jessica Steinlechner

    Searching for signals in the new science of gravitational waves

    04-07-2022

    Jessica Steinlechner and her research group at Maastricht University are making their contribution to discovering into the origin and future of the universe in the form of mirror coatings that will improve our ability to make such measurements.

  • Kim Ragaert

    A second chance for plastic

    06-04-2022

    If we were to replace plastic with paper or glass, would the environment benefit? Surprisingly, no, says professor of Circular Plastics Kim Ragaert. She is calling for an alternative approach aimed at increasing awareness of and knowledge about recycling.

  • International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    Meet our women in science

    11-02-2022

    On International Women and Girls in Science day we like to highlight some of UM's women in science.

  • Yvonne van der Meer

    “How sustainable is it? That is the question”

    03-12-2021

    Professor Yvonne van der Meer is investigating how companies can improve the sustainability of their products. She analyses every material, exposing the lifecycle in its entirety.

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