Sharing knowledge for social impact
Much of the research carried out at the UvA arises from social issues. Science can help find solutions to society's problems, but our researchers also find inspiration in the questions and challenges put forth by social parties. This collaboration additionally provides our researchers with fruitful access to unique data, more high-quality sources of data and valuable practical knowledge.
Connection with the market
The practical application of scientific knowledge (knowledge valorisation) is a key priority for the UvA, whether in the development of a product or a medicine or when applying scientific knowledge to a system or process. Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) supports these efforts and is the linking pin between the University and the marketplace. IXA brings together the supply of knowledge from the University and the demand for knowledge from the market.
IXA helps researchers and students
IXA assists researchers and students who are seeking funding for their research projects and/or collaboration partners to help them continue to develop their knowledge or invention, whether or not under licence, and to set up businesses.
IXA helps businesses and institutions
IXA is also the point of contact for businesses and institutions looking to improve their processes or systems, wishing to commission fundamental research or seeking collaboration with researchers at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Finding businesses that are eager to invest in physics-related scientific research for industrial or social applications can often prove difficult. The Physics2Market Grant is changing this, as researcher Chris Slootweg explains in greater detail in this video.