At Amsterdam Science Park, we believe knowledge has no borders. That’s why you’ll find cutting-edge institutes, top-class facilities and business incubators in one convenient location. You’ll meet motivated students, innovative researchers, talented scientists and adventurous entrepreneurs – all in an environment where it’s easy to work together. Cross-disciplinary initiatives and holistic thinking flourish. Ground-breaking research projects become successful spin-offs. That’s the strength of Amsterdam Science Park: connecting boundless minds.
Annelieke Muller is spending a year as a graduate teaching and research assistant at the UvA Faculty of Science at Amsterdam Science Park before beginning her master’s in neuroscience.
"I completed my bachelor’s degree in neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Science at Amsterdam Science Park, so doing my master’s here too is a logical step. There’s a lot of overlap between the BSc and MSc courses, and the UvA, and Amsterdam Science Park as a whole, is a really inspiring environment. There’s an open atmosphere, and everyone is ambitious and motivated. With lots of space for development, it’s easy to be yourself. There are lots of interesting joint initiatives in science and business."
"I chose neuroscience because it’s a very contemporary field – not yet well established or advanced, yet increasingly important in modern life. There is just so much to discover, and that triggered my curiosity. Studying it here at the Faculty of Science means you can exploit the interdisciplinary angle – there’s lots of crossover with other fields, including computer science, chemistry, pathology, psychology, pharmacy, and physics to a certain extent. I chose the molecular path, opting for lab work and a psychology internship in the third year. It’s easy to choose your own direction."
“At Amsterdam Science Park, everyone is deeply involved with their own work, yet open to everything else. Everyone is on their own voyage of discovery”
“Amsterdam Science Park is increasingly international. Most master’s degrees are in English, and you are encouraged to travel and to do an internship abroad. There are lots of possibilities outside the courses themselves – I was active in my student society and was on the committee for our annual student conference. I also spent a year on the student council and was a member of the organisation Science and Business. I think this is a really important initiative as it unites parties from inside and outside the park with the goal of furthering cooperation between science researchers and entrepreneurs. Amsterdam Science Park can be one big, attractive destination for business and academia."
“The teaching staff play a big role at Amsterdam Science Park with their high level of commitment and passion”
“Although I’m a science student, I also took courses in social sciences, which gave me an insight into effective and convincing communication. At the Science Park, there are lots of links between the various institutions, and UvA itself has many cross-faculty activities. I’ve enjoyed living on campus. Costs are reasonable and curious, ambitious people surround you. The level of motivation is very high. At Amsterdam Science Park, everyone is deeply involved with their own work, yet open to everything else. Everyone is on their own voyage of discovery. The atmosphere is unique, which is why I’m coming back to do my masters. Before that though, I’m spending a year as a teaching and research assistant. The teaching staff play a big role at the faculty – I’m impressed with their level of commitment and passion."
“The whole ethos behind Amsterdam Science Park is that science researchers and entrepreneurs can learn from each other”
“The whole ethos behind Amsterdam Science Park is that science researchers and entrepreneurs can learn from each other. In general, scientists can be so busy with their own specialism that they can miss the big picture, so there’s always the danger that their work is framed in away that is just not socially relevant. As a scientist, you need a broad insight into society as a whole – not just your own field. Knowledge sharing is vital, and that happens naturally at Amsterdam Science Park. Business can learn from scientists, and vice versa – in fact, they can’t do without each other.”