AmSIA Editions

The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award (AmSIA) is the Amsterdam competition for research based innovative ideas and impactful innovations.

Previous editions

The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award has its origin in 2005 at the Science Park in Amsterdam. Take a look at previous editions of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award!




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 New Ideas Prize was launched, in which the fund’s revenues were used as prize money. The Knowledge Transfer Office, later IXA, organized the competition.

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

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