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Science as an integral part of urban development
Looking back at the many exciting highlights of research projects, teaching, courses, Living Labs, urban solutions and the role our partners play in all these joint activities, AMS Institute aims to show how important it is for science to be an integral part of urban development and the major transition topics of the city.

9 highlights of 2019
To provide you with a quick overview, our Directors summarized nine ways we made a difference in 2019:

  • Conducting rigorous research with scientific excellence and independence, resulting in a portfolio covering 114 research projects with more than 100 public, private and academic partners in national and international consortia;

  • Supporting changemakers to find and/or accelerate advanced solutions, testing them in real-life Living Labs in the AMA, adding a real-life use step to (fundamental) science, speeding up science to society wide implementation;

  • Leveraging cutting-edge research technologies and data science resulting in initiatives and decision support tools for urban professionals, while also building up valuable aggregated data sets on which upcoming research can build;

  • Understanding and tackling structural challenges for metropolitan areas, and the city of Amsterdam in particular, resulting in the development of a first selection of potential flagship projects for the coming years; for instance, the emerging program on ‘Future Proof Urban Assets’;

  • Delivering accessible insights to influencers and changemakers by creating inviting content and events, building upon the rich portfolio and numerous outcomes of the research and education projects of AMS Institute. To give our experts and activities a better stage we developed a new website in 2019;

  • Offering education programs at Master level and through professional training, in on-site physical settings. For instance, MSc MADE, summer schools and masterclasses, and online digital platforms, such as EdX MOOCs, reaching out to tens of thousands worldwide;

  • Deepening collaboration with municipalities and communities within the AMA and beyond, adding a new kind of objective layer to foster debate in societal collaborations and alliances;

  • Setting up cross-sectoral collaborations with selected partner cities, like Paris, Vienna and Helsinki, to achieve peer-to-peer learning and tackle the highest priority challenges—and do so in ways that ‘plan with, rather than for’ traditionally excluded communities.

The full report on our 2019 activities can be downloaded here.

Our statement of account required by the Standards for Remunaration Act (in Dutch WNT), can be read here (document only available in Dutch).