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Mapping Science: Amsterdam

We’re back in Europe for the twelfth instalment of our mapping series. This week, Dr Paul Groth of VU University of Amsterdam maps the scientific highlights of the city he works in.


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Red = museums

Green = learned societies

Turquoise = universities

Purple = publishing

Blue = historic sites

Yellow = institutes

Amsterdam is well known for its canals and art museums but it is also a science city.

Historically, several Nobel Prize winners have been based in the Netherlands including Johannes Diderik van der Waals whose equations describe the relation between pressure, volume and temperature in a gas, as well as Jacobus van t’Hoff who won the first Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Amsterdam is home to several national science institutes, including computer sciences, maths, sub-atomic physics and social history. It has two leading universities: the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam.

Innovation is actively encouraged by the city. The Science Park includes a combination of science institutes and start-up companies. Likewise, the newly developed Zuidas region encourages connections between the universities and major businesses.

For kids there’s the fantastic "Nemo science center ":http://www.e-nemo.nl/?id=5&s=85&d=551 with hands-on attractions housed in a state-of-the-art building near the central station.

The map is very much a starting point – there’s plenty more to add. We welcome additions (and any scientific trivia concerning Amsterdam) in the comments.

If you’d like to put together a map of science in your own city or region, please contact Matt Brown (i.am.mattbrown – at – gmail.com) for assistance.

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