Research facilities

There are many high quality research facilities at Amsterdam Science Park. Various knowledge institutes have excellent technical infrastructures in the areas of electronics, mechanics and ICT, and advanced equipment such as mass spectrometry, microscopy and microarray technology. These and other facilities are also available to third parties, subject to certain conditions.


Amsterdam Science Park is home to the first Dutch e-BioLab. This e-BioLab has been provided by Nikhef, and is a partnership project involving the MicroArray Department (affiliated to the University of Amsterdam) and SURFsara. The e-Biolab has a huge computing capacity and allows enormous quantities of data to be exchanged and visualized. The e-BioLab also has a gigantic 8,000 by 4,800 pixel screen that consists of twenty individual computer screens. Strongly enhanced images, such as high-resolution electromicroscopic images, or indeed very small pictures, can be viewed here without any loss of detail. Various institutes and companies use the e-BioLab for their research.

Amsterdan nanoCenter

The Amsterdam nanoCenter is a facility for materials fabrication and characterization down to the nanometer scale. Founded in 2003, in a joint-venture of AMOLF, the University of Amsterdam (UVA) and the Free University of Amsterdam (VU), it aims to provide state-of-the art opportunities in nano research, primarily for the scientific community within the greater Amsterdam area. It acts as a regional facility for users from University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, Utrecht University and a number of external business users.

Nikhef: cleanrooms

Nikhef has a total of 13 cleanrooms up to class 1.000 with a surface area of up to 170 m2. Several of these cleanrooms are also equipped with highly accurate climate control (temperature and humidity). Nikhef also cooperates with the commercial sector on prototypes and production lines for new developments

Ultra-modern glasshouses

The faculty of science at Amsterdam Science Park has ultra-modern, water-tight glasshouses with excellent temperature regulation and control systems. In the new glasshouses experiments are conducted on e.g. genetically modified plants. The complex comprises about fifty compartments, divided into four types of glasshouse: ‘ordinary’ glasshouses where experiments take place on ordinary plants; the PK1 glasshouse, where experiments take place on genetically modified plants; and the PKM2 and PKM3 glasshouses, where work is carried out on both genetically modified plants and genetically modified pathogens.

National supercomputer Cartesius

SURFsara offers researchers high-quality ICT infrastructures including:
• computing capacity on very powerful supercomputers such as Cartesius and Lisa
• storage, analysis and visualization of large and complex data sets