The AMS Institute one year after the launch. With the above in mind, we and our partners and other contacts met on Wednesday 27 May 2015 to reflect on the results achieved in the year behind us and also consider the confirmation of two wonderful new research projects that will help Amsterdam to become a circular city. During the event, Renée Hoogendoorn, our Launching Director, took leave of the institute and everyone present.
During her farewell speech, Renée Hoogendoorn talked about the results she hopes will ensue from the work done by the AMS Institute in 10 years from now. As she sees it, this could vary from a festival goer who is enthusiastic about good visitor flows and a clean festival site to a construction worker tweeting about construction work using recycled materials and 3D prints. Other examples are a happy student who has been lucky enough to gain a place on the prestigious Metropolitan Solutions programme in Amsterdam and even the President of the USA, tweeting about using the AMS model to help make New York, LA and Miami circular cities. “From practical everyday solutions to international recognition for unique research results; it’s all possible. We don’t know exactly which results will have been achieved ten years from now: the solutions in question are at the initial experiment stage or are unknown to us at the current time. Our ambition is for the AMS Institute to have left an indelible impression and also made a huge contribution to the realization of a united, circular and vital city,” says Renée further to the examples mentioned above.
In the last year, the AMS Institute achieved results in a large number of different areas. “We won the tender issued by the municipality one-and-a-half years ago. In ten years from now, we want to be able to continue our work without needing a subsidy. The time has come to describe in broad outline what we stand for,” says Renée. The institute has worked hard with its university colleagues to develop the curriculum. Great examples of what the curriculum has to offer are the Summer School and the monthly ‘Let’s Talk Solutions!’ lectures. It is also launching the Metropolitan Solutions online education programme this autumn. Important progress has also been achieved in relation to data management and use. The website already features a number of short demonstration films that provide an insight into how data can be used. Added to the above, the three Kick Start Projects gave the AMS Institute the confidence last year to work towards the introduction of a number of bigger programmes and integral themes. At the beginning of this year, we signed the Memorandum of Understanding for a big research programme for smart energy grids with NWO and Shell, announced the new Adaptive Circular Cities / Buiksloterham research programme and signed the Memorandum of Understanding for Floriade 2022 with the municipality of Almere during the AMS Circular City Event on 27 May.
Renée feels positive about the work that the institute has already done: “We are doing it already. Today, we are already making the contribution necessary to achieve a city that is clean, beautiful, congestion-free, safe and comfortable. A city with no waste. It’s fantastic to think what the city could look like in 2025! I believe in this goal and in the real urgency of the work we are doing. This is what has driven me in the year behind us and this is what the AMS Institute will continue to work towards in the years ahead.”
Change in Board composition
The end of the Launching Year also marked the time to take farewell of the Launching Director and, as such, a change in the Board for the institute. In the next phase, focus will be placed on achieving further strategic ties between the business community and the scientific research and education agendas. The AMS Board is working towards a Board composition that reflects the above. Meanwhile Kees Slingerland will be carrying out the management tasks on behalf of the AMS Board.
The AMS Institute will continue to build on the following ambition: to realize a clean, energy-efficient, safe, liveable and accessible city, providing research, data expertise and programmes, and Amsterdam as a Living Lab. Engineering the future city.