Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private university based in the USA. The institute has over 10,000 students and more than 1,750 academic staff. The institute ranked first and fifth globally respectively in the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education ranking and in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. 87 current and former members of the institute’s community have won the Nobel Prize, including 9 current faculty members. It has a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research. The MIT Senseable City Lab is a leader in ‘design science’ as applied to cities, and has been one of the world’s pioneers of the ‘smart city’ revolution.
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
TU Delft is a Dutch university of technology with over 17,000 students and 2,500 academic staff. In the 2012-2013 Times Higher Education ranking, TU Delft ranked among the top 40 worldwide in engineering and technology, and among the top 100 worldwide overall. The university explicitly aims at developing solutions for societal problems, creating value for the economy, and improving the quality of life of citizens. TU Delft is one of the main education centers behind the internationally acclaimed Dutch tradition of urban design. While maintaining a wide range of research in engineering and design, it has defined specific focus areas on energy, environment, transport & mobility, and health – important areas for the AMS institute.
Wageningen University and Research (WUR)
Wageningen University and Research, a world leader in the field of life sciences, combines university and 9 market oriented research institutes. This integration allows the organisation to make significant contributions to resolving many of the current and future challenges in the domain of healthy food and living environment. WUR has a special interest in 21st century agro-production, water, sustainable use of the environment, bio-based systems and products, food & health and behaviour. It also has a wealth of experience in transitioning towards sustainable agriculture and food chain management in urban and peri-urban areas. Presently over 10,000 WUR students and 5,700 faculty and staff operate in about 30 branches and offices across the world.
TNO is an independent research organization that aims to drive innovation by connecting people and knowledge within three expertise areas: (i) technical sciences, (ii) earth, environmental and life sciences, and (iii) behavioral and social sciences. It does so through a number of cooperative instruments aimed at defining problems/demand, transferring knowledge and developing knowledge. Instruments include dedicated services for SMEs (through Syntens), organization of challenges and technology clusters, co- financing possibilities, and research programs.
TNO performs services for a broad number of parties, ranging from (local) governments to SMEs, to large corporations, to public or social institutes. As a result, its experience includes studies (e.g. industry), agenda setting, monitoring and evaluations, covering the full spectrum of the strategic/ policy level of an entire industry to the (small) company level.