Amsterdam's extensive knowledge network
Amsterdam is an established knowledge centre led by a network of international businesses, research institutions, universities and a lively startup scene. The city thrives on creativity and collaboration making it the perfect place for business events to contribute to world-leading innovations and form strong partnerships. Join thousands of visionaries, scientists, and entrepreneurs in Amsterdam to create next-level impact with your event.
World-leading science city
A city of creativity and enterprise, Amsterdam has emerged as a leading centre for top-level research and innovation in Europe. With its high concentration of prestigious research institutions and open innovation platforms, Amsterdam offers ample opportunity for scientific conferences to connect with the city and build legacy.
Driving some of the world’s most impactful research across science, technology and urban innovations, Amsterdam is an effective living lab spearheaded by a co-innovative knowledge landscape. Among the city’s robust research infrastructure: the AMS Institute, Marineterrein Amsterdam and Amsterdam Smart City that enable real-life user context testing and development for more liveable, sustainable and resilient cities.
Supported by the presence of prestigious universities including Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam, and the university of applied sciences Hogeschool van Amsterdam, these co-creative platforms ensure valuable multi-stakeholder collaboration while providing inner-city test grounds for a better city.
Cutting-edge innovations in specialised hubs
Within Amsterdam’s knowledge ecosystems, collaborations are well-established and actively encouraged. Dedicated hubs like Amsterdam Science Park assemble Europe’s largest concentration of scientific talent to ensure high-level innovation and cooperation between researchers, multinational companies, tech startups and scaleups. Think future-focused solutions across AI & data science, life sciences and health, high-tech systems & materials, and sustainability.
Likewise, a cluster of specialised hubs, including Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam Life Sciences District, the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), Innovation District Zuidas, and New West Health Innovation District, actively strengthen Amsterdam’s position as a leader in life sciences and health research. They facilitate boundless opportunities for knowledge exchange and growth, while the presence of the European Medicines Agency oversees high-quality research and innovation throughout the region.
A city that connects
This collaborative environment makes it easy for conferences to establish seamless connections with the city’s business community of over 4000 international companies and cultivate strong academic-industrial partnerships. Coupled with the support from the Amsterdam Convention Bureau, event professionals can tap into a wealth of industry expertise and deliver high-value scientific programmes, educational activities and legacy initiatives. From speakers and discussion panels to public policy events, the city is well-placed to offer added value and ensure your event leaves a lasting impression.