Municipality of Amsterdam, Wageningen University and TU Delft continue collaboration with AMS Institute

News - 19 June 2023 - Webredactie Communication

On Thursday 15 June, the mayor of Amsterdam (Femke Halsema) and the chief executive officers of Wageningen University & Research (Sjoukje Heimovaara) and TU Delft (Tim van der Hagen) signed a declaration of intent on behalf of the three parties for the next phase of AMS Institute.

By signing the declaration of intent, partners Municipality of Amsterdam, WUR and TUD have taken a big step towards renewed, long-term collaboration. Further increasing the impact that AMS Institute has already realised for cities worldwide is central to this. AMS Institute will be jointly and vigorously further developed, with large-scale task-oriented research and innovation programmes and new education committed to life-long development for urban professionals. 

Innovations for a future-proof city

Since the founding of AMS Institute in 2014, the partners have worked intensely together on sustainable, future-proof innovations for the city. AMS Institute (based in Amsterdam’s Marineterrein innovation hub) has been the beating heart of the collaboration with a portfolio covering the fields of mobility, digitisation, food, climate resilience, circularity and energy. The institute actively involves organisations from industry and government, knowledge institutions and residents in its scientific research, education of students and professionals and boosting of entrepreneurship. 

Step in growth strategy of TU Delft

TU Delft helps find solutions to urgent social challenges which increasingly involve complex and often interlinked transitions. For instance, transition tasks in such fields as energy, raw materials, living environment and health and welfare are closely intertwined. The further expansion of contributions to these transitions is central to the growth strategy of TU Delft. The continuation of collaboration within the AMS Institute is part of that. Tim van der Hagen, Rector Magnificus TU Delft: “AMS Institute is an important part of TU Delft. Together with our partners, we have set the bar high over the past 10 years in order to fast-track urban innovation. In my opinion, the social urgency with regard to this will only increase. We will therefore see our impactful activities in Amsterdam continue to grow over the coming years.” 

Scientific and social impact go hand in hand

Over the past 10 years, AMS Institute has developed into a leading research institute and has contributed towards the realisation of countless solutions to complex urban issues, together with 1000+ public and private partners. Ten years after the original plan of core academic partners WUR, TUD and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), AMS Institute is more relevant than ever and ready for the next phase.