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‘Europe should care more about its digital sovereignty’

The US Department of Homeland Security and NWO have launched collaborative cybersecurity research. It involves four U.S.-Dutch research teams – one of which is at the UT. ‘I’m happy about this collaboration, but I believe Europe should not completely trust the US. I’m concerned about the digital sovereignty of Europe,’ says UT professor Aiko Pras.

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Flexibility of Master’s programmes under the microscope

‘Learning is my main spare time activity’

Nelleke van Adrichem-Rotteveel is not your typical PhD candidate. She’s conducted her doctoral research on ‘flexibility and coherence of Master’s programmes’ only in her spare time. Which is why it took her ten years of hard work to complete her thesis which she is defending today.

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Beesten van magneten

Terwijl wij hier steggelen over kerncentrales en windmolens, sleutelen wetenschappers in Frankrijk overstoorbaar verder aan ITER, de grootste experimentele kernfusiereactor ter wereld. De vakgroep Energy, Materials and Systems van hoogleraar Arend Nijhuis werkt al jaren mee aan het kloppend hart van de reactor: zes onvoorstelbaar grote magneten. Voormalig UT-onderzoeker Yury Ilin coördineert het onderzoek aan de magneten ter plaatse.

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‘Buy less, use what you buy’

The ‘Planetary Accounting Network’ (PAN) was officially launched last week. It aims to answer the question: How much natural resources can we use to stay within Earth’s limits and to keep a healthy planet? UT professor Arjen Hoekstra is one of the founders of the PAN.

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Opening up a path for solar hydrogen

Solar-hydrogen technologies could provide the sustainable energy source of the future. How do we ensure that they are used in our everyday lives? Together with experts from all over the world, UT researcher David Fernandez Rivas answers this question - in an article that made it onto the October cover of the prestigious journal Energy & Environmental Science.

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ITC researcher helps to plan human missions to the Moon

Although Oscar Kamps focuses on studying Mars, the PhD candidate has contributed to a recent paper at ScienceDirect describing human exploration of another astronomical object - the Moon.

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Delivering food for science

When people see Jeroen Meijerink in his bright green ‘Uber Eats’ deliveryman outfit, they wonder whether the UT scientist switched career paths. ‘No,’ answers the Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management, ‘it’s part of my research.’

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Gig economy: the problematic future of work?

Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon Mechanical Turk. They are all examples of the ‘gig’ economy, in which people don’t get contracts and salaries, but are paid for their short ‘gigs’. Although it could revolutionize industries, it also has many troubling aspects. Three UT scientists have started a new research initiative to explore this possibly problematic future of work.

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Huishoudrobots en valdetectie: handig, maar niets voor mij

Dankzij slimme sensoren en robots kunnen ouderen langer thuis blijven wonen. Eén probleem: zitten senioren wel te wachten op deze nieuwe technologie? UT-onderzoekster Christina Jaschinski geeft het antwoord in haar proefschrift dat ze vandaag, op Nationale Ouderendag, verdedigt.

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Onderzoek naar internetgedrag potentiële UT-studenten

Het gebruik van ‘behavioral targeting’ om studenten te werven: vier masterstudenten Business Administration gingen met dit onderwerp aan de slag. Ze kregen geanonimiseerde data van Marketing en Communicatie, voerden een analyse uit en willen aanbevelingen doen om toekomstige UT-studenten met meer succes naar Twente te halen.

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‘Hurricane Florence is a “live test” of my hypothesis’

Hurricane Florence is wreaking havoc in North and South Carolina, causing major flooding as we speak. For UT researcher Koen de Koning this represents a unique opportunity to ‘live test’ his hypothesis on how flood risk impacts the housing market and poverty in these U.S. states, where he’s conducted his research.

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Drones: saviors or slaughterbots?

Will we be the last generation that can see a totally clear sky? A sky that isn’t filled with flying, buzzing, blinking, surveilling and even rocket-launching drones? Let’s explore the intricate spectrum of good and bad; of drones being the saviors we want them to be, or the slaughterbots we fear them to become.

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