AMS Institute

The world is urbanising at a tremendous rate. Cities increasingly face challenges of sustainability and quality of life, challenges that put at risk resource and food security, mobility and logistics, water and waste management, health and wellbeing. Cities need metropolitan solutions. Such solutions are made possible by today’s revolution of new technologies and design methods. But no party can do this alone; metropolitan solutions require cooperation between knowledge institutes, companies, cities and citizens.

AMS aims to become an internationally leading institute where talent is educated and engineers, designers, digital engineers and natural/social scientist jointly develop and valorise interdisciplinary metropolitan solutions. AMS is centred on applied technology in urban themes such as water, energy, waste, food, data and mobility, and the integration of these themes. AMS will develop a deep understanding of the city – sense the city -, design solutions for its challenges, and integrate these into the city. In that, Amsterdam is its home base and test bed.

The city of Amsterdam is in full support of AMS. Besides a financial contribution, Amsterdam will share city data with AMS researchers, express city/citizen challenges, allow the use of Amsterdam as a testing and piloting place for AMS, act as a launching customer for the solutions that AMS creates, provide access to its people, networks and organizations, and support AMS with its excellent brand name.

AMS is built by a unique consortium of public and private partners. AMS advocates an open model that lets others that share its vision participate in its research and valorisation activities, make use of its infrastructure, and contribute to and benefit from AMS.

AMS FAQ

What is AMS?

AMS is a new Amsterdam based public-private institute where talent is educated and engineers, designers, digital engineers and natural/social scientists jointly develop and valorise interdisciplinary metropolitan solutions.

Who are the partners?

AMS-partners are TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT as core academic partners, TNO, Amsterdam Smart City, The Waag Society, City of Boston, KPN, Accenture, Alliander, Cisco, ESA, IBM, Shell and Waternet. AMS advocates an open model that lets others that share its vision participate in its research and valorisation activities, make use of its infrastructure, and contribute to and benefit from AMS. Visit our partner page for more information.

How did it all begin?

On April 2nd 2013 the City of Amsterdam launched a ‘design contest’ for the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions. The aim of the contest was to solicit well thought out proposals for what such an international technological institute should be. On September 13th 2013 a jury led by Prof. Dijkgraaf announced the entry, from TU Delft, Wageningen University and MIT as the “convincing winner of the AMS design contest”. It proposed a research institute which fosters the creation of urban solutions (in areas such as water, energy, waste, food, and data management) through the collaboration of academic and research institutions, enterprise, municipalities and local residents. For more information go to the website of the City of Amsterdam.

Can our organisation get involved?

AMS advocates an open model that lets others that share its vision participate in its research and valorisation activities, make use of its infrastructure, and contribute to and benefit from AMS. If you would like to contribute and collaborate please get in touch with us via our contact page.

What are metropolitan solutions?

For AMS Metropolitan Solutions are answers to the urban challenges of sustainability and quality of life, including resource and food security, mobility and logistics, water and waste management, and health and wellbeing.

When does the MSc programme begin?

The AMS institute is developing an educational program with a new, innovative MSc in the area of Metropolitan Solutions, targeting top students from all over the world. Contingent upon accreditation, the AMS Master programme will start in September 2017.

How can I get in touch?

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