On our website, we publish many stories throughout the year. About scientists doing groundbreaking research, who have been successful in securing funding but also, for example, about all kinds of topics with a more organisational angle. We have listed the most-read posts of 2022 for you.
Why take the plane for short trips when it could be done by train? Better for the environment in any case, and in some cases more comfortable, too. The University of Twente developed a Train Zone Map for its employees, which shows for which trips it is ideal not to go by plane, but rather by public transport. In this way, UT encourages sustainable travel by its employees to, for instance, conferences or fieldwork elsewhere in the world.
> UT encourages train travel with Train Zone Map
It is an interesting battle between students from Dutch technical universities: who can build the biggest bridge using only (empty) beer crates? At over 26 metres, the current record is held by students from TU Eindhoven, so Twente students made an attempt to improve it. Spoiler alert: the attempt failed miserably, and so the honour remains for the Brabant students for a while yet.
> World record attempt civil engineering students build largest crate bridge
Sometimes news items that are several years old are suddenly popular again. Because they appear in posts on social media, for example, or because it is topical again due to a news event. Such is the case for this news item from 2019, in which David Fernandez Rivas explains how the technology of needle-free injection may also be applicable to tattooing.
> Getting a smart tattoo without using any needle
The fourth news item in the list is also about an older research project. But again, this is research that has become relevant due to current events. Professor Mark van der Meijde conducted research on the influence of the presence of mountain ranges on earthquakes. He did that research from 2015 to 2019 in Nepal.
> Mountains influence the impact of earthquakes
Arthritis is a profound disease: damaging cartilage makes movement increasingly difficult and painful, if not impossible. Professor Marcel Karperien and his team are working on a hydrogel that can be injected locally, and promotes recovery. In February 2022, Marcel announced that he would test this hydrogel on humans for the first time. Incidentally, it will be some time before this technology is actually available in hospitals for all patients.
> First clinical trial with hydrogel for cartilage repair
For many young scientists, receiving a personal grant can be a great kickstart to their career. In April, Dutch research organisation NWO announced its Veni Grants, which were awarded to six UT scientists: Eefje Hendriks, Lonneke Lenferink, Francis Kalloor Joseph, Tom Kamperman, Anastasia Lavrenko and Kim Pondman.
> Veni grant for six young UT scientists
You may want to read which news items were popular on the Dutch section of our website, too.