15 years of AmSIA

This year we celebrate 15 years of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Awards. The Awards were first organized in 2005 by the Faculty of Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science (FNWI) of the UvA at Amsterdam Science Park. Since 2013, other knowledge institutions have joined like Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences but also Netherlands Cancer Insitute and research institutes at Science Park. Since then it can rightly be called an Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award.

The video below shows an overview of 15 years of AmSIA.


In 2005, Walter Hoogland (UvA) initiated a competition for new ideas at the Science Park. When he retired as dean of the Faculty of Science, The Walter Hoogland Fund had been formed. The revenues were used to stimulate new ideas and entrepreneurial initiatives.

The Science Park Nieuwe ideeën Prijs was launched, in which the fund’s revenues were used as prize money. The UvA’s Knowledge Transfer Office, later IXA, organized the competition.

Since 2012, several knowledge institutions have joined the competition and it has now grown to become an innovation competition that is open to researchers and students from all Amsterdam universities, universities of applied sciences and institutes.

In 2018, IXA initiated the Impact Award, an achievement award for researchers who have created positive impact on society with their research projects and innovations. Since then, the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award has consisted of the Innovation Award and Impact Award.