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Coronavirus: VU Amsterdam


The Dutch government decided to close all schools, catering establishments and childcare facilities to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has cancelled all classes on campus. All teaching will be organized online until the end of the academic year. Employees are advised to work from home.

Coronavirus: No activities at VU campus until 1 June


Read the latest update of Thursday 26 March.

Katya Tolstaya appointed FDL professor in the field of "Theology and Religion in Post-Trauma Societies"


The Executive Board of the Vrije Universiteit has appointed Katya Tolstaya as Fenna Diemer-Lindeboom (FDL) professor in the field of "Theology and Religion in Post-Trauma Societies" from 1 February 2020.

Symposium ‘Water in Times of Climate Change’ report


An agreement was signed by all parties during the water symposium.

Call for Fellows: Ethics of the Anthropocene: Religion, Ethics, and Environmental Change


The VU Distinguished Senior Fellowship in Ethics of the Anthropocene 2020 is now open for applications (Deadline: 20 November 2019, 18:00 CET).

Integrative Spirituality in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: from how we do things to why we exist


Inaugural speech of VU-Professor Sharda Nandram on the 21st of November 2019 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

[04-10-2019] Paul Tillich on Religion and Culture


Paul Tillich is one of the most important theologian/philosopher of the 20th century. His way to relate relation to culture will be discussed at this conference.

VU-professor Azza Karam appointed as Religions for Peace’s new Secretary General


At the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace (RfP) in Lindau, Germany, VU-professor Azza Karam (Religion and Sustainability) was appointed as new Secretary General, succeeding Dr. William Vendley. Founded in 1961, Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition dedicated to promoting peace.

We are in charge


Looking back at the opening of the academic year 2 September 2019

Nelly van Doorn appointed Extraordinary Professor for Freedom of Religion or Belief


After holding the extraordinary chair for Muslim-Christian Relations at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) for many years, Nelly van Doorn is now Extraordinary Professor for Freedom of Religion or Belief at the Faculty of Religion and Theology.

Round Table ‘Sowing Hope in the FoodValley’


On Wednesday May 22nd, the Round Table ‘Sowing Hope in the Dutch FoodValley’ was held at a farm in Barneveld.

From Qumran Caves to the Internet - the Open Science Publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls


The Dead Sea Scrolls, found from 1947 onwards in the Qumran caves in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea, have been published in open science form on the internet.

Cities of God: Christianity in Late-Modern Western Urban Society


What is happening to Christianity in western cities? How do Christian communities and organizations engage with the rapidly changing and globalizing context of contemporary urban life?

No Longer Strangers?


Former student of VU-Faculty of Religion and Theology publishes his experience as a refugee in the Netherlands.

VU New Year’s Gala 2019


For the first time, we will be awarding all teaching prizes at the same time during the VU New Year’s Gala.