Science Park Amsterdam has been developed jointly by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Municipality of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
Having its roots in the Athenaeum Illustre (founded 1632), the University of Amsterdam has some 25,000 students, 5,000 staff and a budget of 487 million euros, making it one of the major universities in Europe.
The UvA has seven faculties where teaching and research take place in the Humanities, the Social Sciences, Economics and Business Studies, Law, the Natural Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry. Its staff produce some 7,500 academic publications a year. It is involved in world-leading fundamental scientific research in many areas. The wide variety of applied research includes multidisciplinary programmes and programmes dealing with social issues.
The UvA’s Faculty of Science (FNWI), which is based at Science Park Amsterdam, has eight research institutes, each of which conducts its own scientific research programme. The programmes are set every four or five years. The UvA’s Faculty of Science (FNWI) occupies a leading position in its research fields and participates in a number of international partnerships with other universities and industry.
The science faculty has some 2,000 students and 1,500 staff.
It's divided into four departments, with 1,200 researchers and lecturers, including 150 full-time and part-time professors, spread over ten research institutes.
The major new building provides accommodation for the whole of the UvA’s science faculty under one roof at Science Park Amsterdam. It houses:
The aim of the University of Amsterdam is to offer an inspiring, broad-based international academic environment where staff and students can develop their talents to the full. The UvA has a critical, creative and international climate and an open-minded atmosphere and is closely involved with the city and the community.
In the second episode of High Priorities (HoofdZaken), a film series on the research priority areas of the University of Amsterdam, the subject of discussion is black holes and gravity. Scientists from the priority area GRAPPA (Gravitation, AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam) talk about the mystique behind these phenomena.
Please note: certain sections of this film are in Dutch.