Science Park Amsterdam was set aside as an area for scientific research over half a century ago and thus has a long history of cutting-edge knowledge development. Because of its strategic location it was designated as one of the priority areas for the development of knowledge-intensive industry in the city in 1996.
A number of celebrated research institutions are located at Science Park Amsterdam, including the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef), the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI), and SARA.
The results of their research into multimedia, grid computing and visualization and the living cell, neurobiology, system biology, nanophotonics and microscopy are held in high regard internationally. The institutes also create spin-offs, start-up companies set up to apply the innovative research. The synergy between science and industry at Science Park is creating new jobs by bringing knowledge to the market.