Research & Analysis

Cultivated beef to be available in supermarkets soon, says UM’s Mark Post

Cultivated beef to be available in supermarkets soon, says UM’s Mark Post

In August 2013, the first cultivated meat hamburger was prepared and sampled in London, England. Maastricht University Professor Mark Post created the burger–which he says is healthier for both consumers and the environment. Early this month, Post told Dutch radio 1Limburg that he expects cultivated meat to be available in supermarkets in as few as four years.

Six Vidi grants awarded to UM researchers

Six Vidi grants awarded to UM researchers

Six researchers from Maastricht University (UM) will each receive up to €800,000 to launch an innovative research line and set up their own research groups. The researchers have been awarded a Vidi grant under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), which offers Veni, Vidi and Vici grants. This was announced today by the NWO.

Silicon Valley: The new welfare state? A lecture by Evgeny Morozov

Silicon Valley: The new welfare state? A lecture by Evgeny Morozov

Today, technology companies promise us a seemingly genuine path towards social mobility. So they are more than happy to provide the public with free services in exchange for our data. But what are the moral, political, and social consequences of accepting this free bargain? And why are our existing governments so eager to go along with Silicon Valley’s plans? Evgeny Morozov addressed these issues this week in his Studium Generale lecture, which can you watch here.

Dr. Maarten Vendrik: Farewell lecture will focus on economic growth and happiness

Dr. Maarten Vendrik: Farewell lecture will focus on economic growth and happiness

This Easterlin Paradox appears to be valid for various developed countries, and will be the the central theme of the farewell lecture to be given by Dr Maarten Vendrik on 11 September to mark his retirement as Senior Assistant Professor in Public and Microeconomics at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics (SBE), a position he has held since 1992.

Maastricht University researchers develop tool to support saving lives

Maastricht University researchers develop tool to support saving lives

Just imagine a major train accident happens and the hospital suddenly has to deal with large numbers of acute patients. Or the intensive care unit of a hospital is struck by an energy breakdown and all patients must be evacuated. In both cases the involved health care institutions will face a shortage of staff and the immediate need for a crisis team. We are all confident that our hospitals are prepared to face such an emergency, and so we should be. But how can we be sure?

Results of “Women in Academia” project presented: How to achieve gender equity in universities (video)

Results of “Women in Academia” project presented: How to achieve gender equity in universities (video)

The higher up the career ladder you look, the fewer women you see in universities in the Netherlands. Nine percent of Maastricht University professors are women – but this can and must be improved, according to Dr. Lisa Brüggen of SBE.
Brüggen, who created the Elinor Ostrom Fund in 2014 to provide a long-term source of funding for women at Maastricht University, was the project leader of the “Women in Academia” Service Science project initiated by the faculty board of SBE.