Finale & Program

Wednesday 21 June the festive finale of the 12th Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award was held.

Ten finalists pitched their ideas that tackle all different kind of challenges. The jury, chaired by Mirjam van Praag, awarded the best idea with the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2017 and € 10,000. Also the High Potential Award and Audience Award will be announced and awarded with € 5,000 resp. € 2,500. Prior to the festive finale you can vote online for your favorite idea on our website.

Program festive finale on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

14:30  Doors open
15:00  Welcome and opening by Hans Amman, director of IXA
15:10  Introduction by Mirjam van Praag, Prof. Entrepreneurship at University of Amsterdam and Copenhagen Business School, chairman of the jury
15:30  Pitches of the ten finalists
16:30  Intermezzo: De Vrije Denkers – Patrick Donath – ‘Doing is the best way of thinking’; In a passionate speech, Patrick discusses the need for action in a turbulent time in which change seems to go faster and faster.
17:00  Announcement of the winners and award ceremony
18:00  End of program

After the award ceremony there will be drinks and there is room for exchanging ideas and socialize with fellow researchers, students, entrepreneurs and others.

Would you like to attend the festive finale of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award? Click the button to sign up!

The AmSIA (and TEDx as a direct result thereof) generated a lot of attention, donations and enthusiasm! Also, a number of companies have gotten involved with the Alzheimercenter and Alzheimerlab (eg DDB with Alzheimerlab and probably ING in the Dam to Dam run this year).”
(Jurre den Haan, VUmc, Audience Award 2015)

Science & Business event

Button S&B

Prior to the festive finale on June 21, the Science & Business event will be held. This is a matching event where companies and participants have the opportunity to meet each other. Based on the strategy of the company we will try to find an exclusive match with one of the participants. Would you like to have the unique and exclusive opportunity to meet with the researchers and students, and hear all about their brilliant ideas at an early stage? Please sign up here.


The festive finale of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award takes place at the Auditorium of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV  Amsterdam (route description to the VU Campus).

It promises to be an inspirational and exciting afternoon all about innovations.