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AUC and its research environment

Amsterdam Science Park

Amsterdam University College is located in Amsterdam Science Park amidst top-level institutions dedicated to scientific research and innovation. These institutes have close ties with AUC, offering opportunities to AUC students for research internships, 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 give Who’s in Town lectures or even to teach classes.

Amsterdam Science Park 

Amsterdam Science Park has one of the largest concentrations in beta sciences in Europe and is a hub for research, innovation and entrepreneurship. It is the home of world-class research institutes, universities and more than 130 companies, from science-based start-ups to multinationals. With over 10,000 students, scientists and entrepreneurs, the park offers excellent opportunities for research and businesses in, for example, ICT & data infrastructure, sustainable chemistry, physics and advanced instrumentation. Amsterdam Science Park is a joint development by the University of Amsterdam, the City of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

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Institutes and organisations at Amsterdam Science Park

You can learn more about the various research institutes and knowledge organisations that serve as AUC's neighbours at Amsterdam Science Park in the list below.


    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).


    The Advanced Research Center for Nano-Lithography (ARCNL) focuses on the fundamental physics involved in current and future key technologies in nano-lithography, primarily for the semiconductor industry. ARCNL's programme is intimately connected with the interests of ASML. A significant part of the initial programme is devoted to the physics that is central in the generation of high intensities of extreme ultraviolet light and its use in nano-lithography. In the course of time, ARCNL's programme will evolve to keep the centre at the frontier of research in the area of nano-lithography.

  • CWI

    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)

  • Netherlands eScience Center

    Netherlands eScience Center is the national hub for the development and application of domain overarching software and methods for the scientific community. They develop bridges between the ambitions of scientists from all disciplines and the increasingly complex modern e-infrastructures. They participate in multidisciplinary projects with academia and their core expertises are in the fields of optimised data handling, efficient computing and big-data analytics.


    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

    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

    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.

  • UvA FNWI (Faculty of Science)

    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.