At the Laser Centre, located on the campus of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the laser-oriented research activities of several groups from different disciplines in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are concentrated. Some 100 scientists, are involved in laser-oriented scientific research of applied and fundamental nature. Increasingly, the use of lasers in the Life Sciences is expanding with a focus on interdisciplinarity of research.

LCVU is part of LASERLAB-Europe, an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative of the European Union, forming a consortium of the 17 major laser centres in Europe. Within LASERLAB-Europe LCVU provides Transnational ACCESS to European scientists, who are welcome to use our advanced laser-based facilities. Access to the laser centre facility can be obtained by preparing a proposal at http://www.laserlab-europe.net/proposal/

On December 15th the Laser Centre VU held its annual symposium

For the program see: Program
The prize for the best paper of the LCVU in 2009 by a young scientist went to Peter Gross for his paper:
Unraveling the structure of DNA during overstretching by using multicolor, single-molecule fluorescence imaging
On the picture he receives the diploma and the sum of 500 Euro from the Chairman of the selection committee Dr. Jeroen Koelemeij.