AUC and its research environment

Amsterdam University College is uniquely located in Amsterdam Science Park amidst top-level institutions dedicated to scientific research and innovation. All these institutes have close ties with AUC, offering opportunities to AUC students for research internships and capstone work. In addition the institutes host joint seminars with and at AUC, and high profile guests from these top-level institutions are regularly invited to provide Who’s in Town lectures at AUC.

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FOM Institute AMOLF is one of the research laboratories of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter, part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. AMOLF employs about 130 fte research staff and 70 fte support staff. AMOLF's yearly budget is 14 million euro. The institute is located in Amsterdam Science Park. AMOLF's research programme focuses on two main themes:

  • Nanophotonics, focusing on the achievement of spatio-temporal control of light at the smallest possible scale.
  • Physics of Biomolecular Systems, carried out within two programs: Molecular Biophysics and Systems Biophysics, aiming to obtain a fundamental, quantitative understanding of the physical processes that are at the basis of biomolecular interactions, and of the collective properties of cellular systems that build upon these interactions in a functional biological context.(Source: AMOLF)
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Founded in 1946, CWI is the national research center for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. More than 170 full professors have come from CWI, of whom 120 still are active. CWI's strength is the discovery and development of new ideas, and the transfer of knowledge to academia and to Dutch and European industry. This results in importance for our economy, from payment systems and cryptography to telecommunication and the stock market, from public transport and internet to water management and meteorology. (Source: CWI)


The National Institute for Subatomic Physics is an institute that carries out research in the area of (astro)particle physics. Scientists and engineers work together on research into the smallest building blocks of matter and the forces that act between them. These minuscule particles are studied in collision processes using large particle accelerators, including those of CERN near Geneva, as well as in interactions of high-energy cosmic particles in the Earth's atmosphere or in seawater.

Nikhef is a partnership between the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and four universities: Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Nikhef is located at Amsterdam Science Park. (Source: NIKHEF)


MATRIX Innovation Centre offers facilities for starting entrepreneurs and companies on Amsterdam Science Park, stimulating an exchange between entrepreneurship and science. Approximately one hundred companies are using the MATRIX building, both starting, as well as flourishing companies. MATRIX uses one of the fastest internet hubs world-wide: AMS-IX, and because of that, houses many ICT-related companies. A sixth building was recently constructed, providing the best facilities for Life Sciences companies. (Source: MATRIX)


SURFsara supports research in the Netherlands by developing and offering advanced ICT infrastructure, services and expertise. SURFsara does so by providing an integrated ICT research infrastructure, services in the areas of computing, data storage, visualization, networking, cloud and e-Science, the provision of multidisciplinary expertise and support in ICT technology and applications and by doing all required innovation, engineering and development.


The UvA Faculty of Science, FNWI (Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica), is a leading centre of academic research and education with a broad range of strong research groups. The research and educational activities are organised in one comprehensive faculty. This is motivated by developments in both science and society, with new challenges often found in the overlap of several disciplines. It has led to a policy in which the faculty is setting up new research institutes across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The Faculty of Science consists of a College of Science, three Graduate Schools, an Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, eight research institutes and a Faculty service department. It has approximately 4000 students and 1500 staff members.

Published by  Amsterdam University College

25 July 2017