Boasting the highest concentration of publicly funded research in the Netherlands, Amsterdam Science Park is currently home to eight University of Amsterdam research institutes and three institutes of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): AMOLF, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef). Recently the Dutch institute for space research expertise, SRON, decided to relocate from Utrecht to Amsterdam Science Park. The Advanced Research Centre for Nanolithography (ARCNL), a collaboration of ASML, NWO and UVA/VU, conduct fundamental and applied research in areas that are key to unlocking innovation in the global semiconductor industry.
Among the hundreds of researchers working within these institutes are several winners of the Spinoza and Nobel Prize and European Research Grants. These individuals carry out pioneering and inspirational research in fields including multimedia, grid computing, visualisation, system biology, nano-photonics, cryptology, smart grids, particle physics and microscopy. And together, they provide international research support to businesses such as Michelin, Philips, AkzoNobel, Shell, Nikon, IBM and Microsoft. There are also numerous innovative spin-offs at the park that bring together science and business.