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.
Michel Haring is a plant physiology professor and researcher at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, which is based at Amsterdam Science Park.
“As a plant biologist, my research themes are related to studying how plants experience and deal with stress – namely, herbivorous insects and salinity. There is a direct application and we collaborate with seed companies that need this sort of biological knowledge in order to produce seeds that can better cope with insects and salinity. My research should therefore result in more sustainable horticulture and less chemical use."
“There’s good research plus good valorisation – you meet the people who can convert your research into new products”
“We work directly with big Dutch and international companies in vegetable crop breeding. Increased salinity is an important issue, as 10% of the world’s crop-growing areas are currently facing this challenge. We have about 100 people in our plant sciences department and we are based in a well-equipped building with modern facilities and a great greenhouse. As the Faculty of Science is all in one place at Amsterdam Science Park, it’s easy, and very useful, for us to interact with all the other disciplines – including bioinformatics and chemistry, which is interesting for us from the viewpoint of chemical plant defences, and mathematics, which is important for building models."
“Amsterdam Science Park is widely recognised as an excellent environment for a researcher”
“Amsterdam Science Park is widely recognised as an excellent environment for a researcher. The presence of so many small, science-related companies in biomedicine, informatics and so on, ensures that the atmosphere is always lively. There’s good research plus good valorisation – you meet the people who can convert your research into new products. For students, it’s just a great place to be. Last but not least, Amsterdam Science Park is a recognised brand, and it can become even more widely known internationally."
“I’ve been based here at Amsterdam Science Park since the very beginning, and now is the most exciting time yet to be here. The past ten years were all about building physical spaces for everything, but now there is much more focus on content and finding partnerships. Everything is happening very fast."
“Part of the development is my own initiative, Amsterdam Green Campus. Located at Amsterdam Science Park, this will bring together all levels of education, vocational as well as academic, supported by three research institutes. At the moment the focus is on three themes: green genetics, green environment and green chemistry. This unified approach will mean scientists, teachers and businesses will all be on the same page."
“We are just getting the Green Campus up and running, with some projects already underway. An important objective is to combine business and education. For instance, with Inholland University of Applied Sciences we set up a master class for ornamental plant breeders to upgrade them to the latest DNA technologies."
“Now is the most exciting time yet to be at Amsterdam Science Park”
“Amsterdam Science Park is a great platform to get the ball rolling, to invite companies and partners to join forces. Another initiative I am involved in is the magazine Amsterdam Science for researchers from Amsterdam to present their research to fellow scientists. There’s plenty of scope for new ideas here.”