AIMMS researchers awarded with FEW Innovation Prize

Jacqueline van Muijlwijk-Koezen, Maikel Wijtmans and Albert Kooistra (Medicinal Chemistry) have received the FEW Innovation Prize for their project ‘Biomolecules in virtual reality on the smartphone’. They received the award during the last Faculty Colloquium.

06/21/2017 | 2:41 PM

They now take a chance at winning the VU Innovation Prize of 50.000 Euros. This grant would enable the team to further improve the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in (bio)molecular education using the smartphones of students, a project for which they received a Grassroots innovation grant last April.
With the Grassroots grant (1000 Euros), they were able to buy 90 Google Cardboard goggles. The three would like to boost the software and to add a teacher mode. Additionally, they would like to study the effects of VR use in education.
AIMMS congratulates Jacqueline van Muijlwijk-Koezen, Maikel Wijtmans and Albert Kooistra with this nomination. The implementation of VR may not only boost several VU Bachelor and Master programmes. It also provides an opportunity for exciting educational practicals for high school students, which is expected to attract the attention of future scientists and fits well with the focus the Vrije Universiteit has on societal relevance.


Jacqueline van Muijlwijk-Koezen, Albert Kooistra and Maikel Wijtmans, together with Education Director Nico van Straalen and the winners of the FALW Innovation Prize.