The facilities at Science Park Amsterdam are unique, and the location also has various innovative facilities such as laboratories that are available for others to use.
Science Park Amsterdam is home to the first Dutch e-BioLab.
This e-BioLab has been provided by Nikhef, and is a partnership project involving the MicroArray Department (affiliated to the University of Amsterdam) and SARA. The e-Biolab has a huge computing capacity and allows enormous quantities of data to be exchanged and visualized.
The e-BioLab also has a gigantic 8,000 by 4,800 pixel screen that consists of twenty individual computer screens. Strongly enhanced images, such as high-resolution electromicroscopic images, or indeed very small pictures, can be viewed here without any loss of detail.
Various institutes and companies use the e-BioLab for their research.
One of the mainstays of Science Park Amsterdam is scientific research aimed at Life Sciences. This entails research based on different disciplines like biology, physics, mathematics and information technology. The AMOLF (the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics) Amsterdam nanoCenter is a nanofabrication and nantechnology facility in which a combination of technologies are deployed.
The facility is open to those conducting research into nanotechnology; there is a 57m2 cleanroom present.
Nikhef has a total of thirteen cleanrooms with classifications of up to 1,000 and as large as 170 m2, some of which have humidity controls and/or highly accurate temperature controls. Work is also underway with the business sector on devising prototypes and production lines for new developments.
The faculty of science at Science Park Amsterdam has ultra-modern, water-tight glasshouses with excellent temperature regulation and control systems. In the new glasshouses experiments are conducted on e.g. genetically modified plants. The complex comprises about fifty compartments, divided into four types of glasshouse: ‘ordinary’ glasshouses where experiments take place on ordinary plants; the PK1 glasshouse, where experiments take place on genetically modified plants; and the PKM2 and PKM3 glasshouses, where work is carried out on both genetically modified plants and genetically modified pathogens.
SARA offers researchers ICT facilities that are essential for their work. These include:
• computing capacity on the very fastest supercomputers
• an insight into complex data with the help of visualization and virtual reality.