In 2008, the former Minister of Education, Culture and Science allotted this partnership with the mission to make the Ateliergebouw a Centre of Excellence. The tripartite partnership booked good results towards this end, initiating many shared research projects funded by various grants in national and international research and conservation projects. Within a couple of years the Ateliergebouw was transformed into “the place to be” for research and conservation of cultural heritage.
In addition, many Dutch museums and cultural heritage institutions constitute important collaborators in research projects with the UvA Conservation Department. On top of that, the UvA collaborates with many international associations, universities and museums. These alliances stimulate valuable contributions to the field of conservatino and provide a broad supportive network concerning developments in education, research and promotion of the discipline as a whole.