Aim and Scope

Amsterdam Science aims to be a platform that displays the enormous creativity, quality, diversity and enthusiasm of the Amsterdam scientific community. It offers early career scientists (MSc students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral fellows), as well as more advanced researchers, the opportunity to communicate their latest and most interesting findings to a broad audience.

We cover all active research areas in Amsterdam (ranging from mathematics, physics and chemistry to earth, life and environmental sciences) and highlight research from both universities (UvA and VU), as well as the various research institutes in our nation’s capital. The magazine is distributed widely across Amsterdam. In addition, it is sent out to more than 500 contacts in academia, industry and government. More details can be found in our mission statement that appeared as the editorial of the first issue.


Submission Process

If you are interested in showcasing your work in Amsterdam Science, this is how to proceed:

Step 1.
Fill out the online preliminary submission form. Your contribution will then be discussed in our next editorial board meeting. Please note, that the scientific content of submissions should already have been validated (e.g. by publication in a peer-reviewed journal or in a successfully examined MSc or PhD thesis).

Step 2.
If your preliminary submission is approved, you will be assigned a first editor (usually someone from a related field), who will provide initial feedback and guide you through the remainder of the submission process. You can now begin to prepare your final submission. Please take into consideration that your final story will be read by a broad and diverse audience! As a result, each final submission may undergo several iterations (between the author, the first editor and a second editor from an unrelated field).
The writing guidelines can be found here.

Step 3.
Your final submission is discussed in an editorial board meeting. Once approved, your contribution will appear in the next issue of Amsterdam Science!



Our editors are always scouting for new content. Please note that we are not only looking for written pieces, but also for attractive, high-resolution images that tell a story in and by themselves (especially for our cover and centrefold pages).

Questions? Ideas? Suggestions? The editorial board can be reached at


Editorial board

The editorial board consists of MSc students, PhD candidates and other researchers from the science community in Amsterdam:

Editors in chief
Hamideh Afsarmanesh, Professor of Federated Collaborative Networks, UvA
Mark Golden, Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, UvA
Michel Haring, Professor of Plant Physiology, UvA
Sabine Spijker, Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, VU

Editorial board
Renée van Amerongen, Associate professor Molecular Cytology, UvA
Annike Bekius, PhD researcher, research institute MOVE, VU
Sarah Brands, Master’s student Astronomy & Astrophysics, UvA
Jop Briët, Senior researcher, Algorithms and Complexity group, CWI
Federica Burla, PhD researcher, Biological Soft Matter group, AMOLF
Maria Constantin, PhD researcher Plant Pathology, UvA
Eline van Dillen, Advisor Science Communication, Faculty of Science UvA
Nitish Govindarajan, PhD researcher Computational Chemistry, UvA
Mustafa Hamada, PhD researcher Neurophysiology & Biophysics, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN)
Jans Henke, Master’s student Physics, UvA
Laura Janssen, Advisor Science Communication, Faculty of Science, VU
Céline Koster, PhD researcher Clinical Genetics, AMC
Francesco Muti, Assistant professor Biocatalysis, UvA
Emily Parry, Press Officer, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute)
Joshua Obermayer, PhD researcher, Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR), VU
Renske Onstein, Postdoctoral researcher, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, UvA
Noushine Shahidzadeh, Associate professor Soft Matter, UvA
Cristina Sfiligoj, PhD researcher, Nanolayers group, ARCNL
Magdalena Solà, Master’s student Physics UvA and Research internship, Photonic materials group, AMOLF
Ted Veldkamp, PhD researcher Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU
Heleen Verlinde, Amsterdam Science Magazine manager
Esther Visser, PhD researcher Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR), VU


The following are the Partner research institutes and universities, contributing to Amsterdam Science magazine:



The Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA) is a joint institute of the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. Research area: the physiology and pathology of the tissues in and around the oral cavity, like infectious diseases such as caries and periodontitis.



University Medical Centre of University of Amsterdam. With about 1.000 beds and 7.000 staff, AMC also houses UvA Faculty of Medicine. Research area: human health & life sciences; focusing on cardiovascular diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, infection and immunity, metabolic disorders, neurological and psychiatric disorders, oncology, public health and epidemiology.



AMOLF Institute is one of the research laboratories of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Research area: complex molecular and materials systems.



The Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ACRNL) is a collaboration between ASML, FOM, NWO, UvA and VU. With the first research groups already in place, the AMOLF-based collaboration will become an independent institute in 2015, growing into a centre of expertise consisting of 100 researchers. Research area: Fundamental physics for current and future key technologies in nanolithography, primarily for the semiconductor industry.



The National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands, part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Research area: mathematics and computer science. CWI concentrates on five broad, societally relevant themes: software, information, life sciences, logistics and energy.



The Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences (NIN) focuses on how networks of neurons enable the cognitive functions of the brain, including consciousness, perception, movement, learning and social interaction, in health and disease. Research area: NIN addresses three levels of biological complexity: genetic and molecular approaches, cellular approaches and network function, and system and behavioural approaches.



Nikhef is the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics and part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Research area: the interactions and structure of all elementary particles and fields at the smallest distance scale and the highest attainable energy.



The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), including its 180-bed Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, is the only dedicated cancer centre in The Netherlands and plays an important role as a national and international centre of scientific and clinical expertise, development and training. Research area: human health (biochemistry, cell biology, oncology, immunology, radiotherapy).



The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) is the independent knowledge enterprise in the Netherlands on aerospace. Its overall mission is making air transport and space exploration safer, more sustainable and more efficient through a multidisciplinary approach. Research area: new and cost effective technologies for aviation and space, from design support to production technology and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)


Sanquin Research

Sanquin Research deals with a complementary range of subjects including fundamental biology and biochemistry of blood cells and plasma proteins. Research area: hematopoiesis, immunohematology, coagulation, immunopathology, blood-borne infections, blood transfusion technology, transfusion monitoring, transfusion medicine, and donor studies.



SURFsara provides a complete package of services in the field of high-performance computing, networking, data services, visualization, e-science support and cloud services. SURFsara works together with the academic community (including researchers, educational institutions and academic medical centres), industry and SMEs.



Faculty of Science of the University of AmsterdamResearch and education areas: physics, astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, logic, biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics; life sciences and computer science. Research and education at UvA-FWNI are done in strong collaboration with the Faculty of Science of VU University Amsterdam (VU-FEW/FALW).



Faculty of Science and Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences of VU University Amsterdam. Research and education areas: computer sciences, physics and astronomy, chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences, mathematics, earth sciences, ecological sciences and various areas of the life sciences (e.g., biomedical science, neuroscience). Research and education at VU-FEW are done in strong collaboration with the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA-FNWI).



VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam (VUmc) is part of the VU University Amsterdam campus. With over 700 beds and a staff of nearly 7,000, VUmc houses VU’s Faculty of Medicine. Research area: human health & life sciences; focusing on the following research themes: cancer and immunology, neurosciences, cardiovascular disease, public health, primary care and long-term care and human movement sciences.