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Overview Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2016

Thursday 26 May 2016 the festive finale of the 11th Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award took place. It was a very inspirational afternoon full of innovative ideas.

Ten finalists have pitched their ideas that tackle all different kind of challenges. The jury, chaired by Alexander Rinnooy Kan, awarded Bram Schermers of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2016 for his entry “MaMaLoc, a technique for the improvement of the breast cancer treatment”. The high potential award went to Marte Otten, a researcher at the University of Amsterdam for her “Feeling thermometer”, an online application for visualization of unconscious beliefs. The Audience Award was won by Hedy Folkersma of the Academic Medical Centre for HEAD (Hydrocephalus Early Advanced Diagnostics), a device to diagnose hydrocephalus in newborns at an early stage. Read more in the press release

In this booklet you can read some of the submitted ideas of the Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award 2016.

Kajsa Ollongren opened the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award

Alderperson Kajsa Ollongren opened the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award. The award fits in well with the City of Amsterdam’s long-term ambition to promote its highly-valued knowledge and innovation. Amsterdam recently received the European Capital of Innovation Award. Alderperson Ollongren emphasized the importance of the innovation ecosystem that is powered by a close collaboration between the city, the universities, a great variety of scientific and corporate research institutes and the many local science-based entrepreneurs and innovators.  Additionally Ollongren stressed the outstanding infrastructure that the city provides to its startups and academic spin-offs which increasingly enable the translation from science-based solutions into practice.  And that is what the Science meets Business program is all about.
Read more for the whole speech of Kajsa Ollongren

Matching Scientists and Entrepreneurs

Prior to the festive finale of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award a matchmaking event was initiated. Researchers from Amsterdam’s knowledge and research institutes presented their ideas to companies and investors. In speed dates they introduced their latest innovations and technologies to entrepreneurs to see how these could be used in everyday life. The ideas vary from new medical devices to an online tool for psychological analysis and ideas relevant to the creative industries. All innovations will help solve a wide range of societal problems.

Overview Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2015

Paul Govaerts and Martine Coene of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are the winners of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2015. They received the award for their idea to restore hearing using cochlear implant programming.

The Runner Up prize went to Nick Laan and Karla de Bruin of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Netherlands Forensic Institute for their innovative work to improve bloodstain pattern analysis in forensics. The Audience Award was won by Jurre den Haan and Femke Bouwman of the VU University’s Alzheimer’s Centre in collaboration with LaserLab Amsterdam for a technique for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
In this booklet you can read some of the submitted ideas of the Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award 2015.

Finalists 2015

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Overview Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2014

In 2014 Giulia de Luca’s Re-scan Confocal Microscopy (RCM) method won the 9th edition of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award. RCM is a scan and re-scan method that achieves super-resolution, yielding even sharper images of living cells. The method consists of linking two optical scanners to a standard microscope.
Honourably mentioned was the ‘Indestructible bicycle tire’ developed by Supreme Dutch, a company headed by Kevin Kesteloo. Kesteloo, who is a student at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA), developed a bicycle tire that lasts for years and can be mounted on all types of wheel rims.
In this booklet you can read some of the submitted ideas of the Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award 2014.