University of Amsterdam,
Faculty of Science Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam The Netherlands

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the largest and one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. The LifeWatch Netherlands distributed centre is hosted by the Faculty of Science. The faculty covers all natural sciences, Information Technology and Mathematics. It has over 6000 students and 1300 staff.

The main institutes servicing LifeWatch Netherlands are the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Dynamics and the Informatics Institute.


Currently UvA acts as the main representative of LifeWatch ERIC in the Netherlands. It has developed strong ties with the Naturalis Natural History Museum in Leiden to jointly operate and lead national projects contributing to the LifeWatch ERIC infrastructure. UvA acts as host for the ‘Virtual Laboratory and Innovation Centre’ ERIC Common Facility.

Besides this, several Dutch partners expressed an interest in LifeWatch ERIC by signing a Memorandum of Understanding in 2011.

UvA has a longstanding relationship with LifeWatch ERIC. It acted as a founding partner for the Research Infrastructure in 2008 and since then has been involved in several projects related to LifeWatch ERIC, tackling issues such as technical development, policy, global cooperation, organisational setup and contributions to science.


The Netherlands hosts the Virtual Laboratory and Innovation Centre, one of the main Common Facilities of LifeWatch ERIC. Besides this, a number of national projects contribute to the European LifeWatch ERIC community and technical facilities.


News from LifeWatch Netherlands

General Assembly Members

Marjolein Robijn

Marjolein Robijn


Peter H. Van Tienderen


Edwin Van Huis

Marjolein Robijn's Bio

Marjolein Robijn is Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and FINCOM.

She studied medical biology at VU University Amsterdam and did her PhD at the Parasitology Department of Leiden University, where she used mass spectrometry to study glycans and glycoproteins of the parasite Schistosoma mansoni. Marjolein Robijn is head of Life Sciences within the NWO Domain Science. She works at the interface between policy and research and aims to contribute to optimising the scientific landscape. She is interested in large infrastructures as research and innovation systems and functional networks.

Peter H. van Tienderen's Bio

Peter H. van Tienderen is Interim Director of VLab & Innovation Centre, Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and leader of LifeWatch Netherlands.

He is full professor at the University of Amsterdam and Dean of the Faculty of Science. His scientific interest concerns the evolution of biodiversity, and has published on a range of topics in this field. Applied aspects concern the potential consequences of the introduction of GM crops. His involvement in RI development is exemplified by two recent LERU papers (Challenges for Biodiversity research in Europe & Four Golden Principles for Enhancing the Quality, Access and Impact of RIs).

Edwin van Huis' Bio

Edwin Van Huis is Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and General Director of Naturalis Biodiversity Centre.

He studied biology at the University of Utrecht and the University of Florida in Gainesville, as well as studying business administration at the interuniversity interfaculty of Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University. He has worked for government organizations such as the Rijksdienst voor Monumentenzorg, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture. He was also business director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and director of the Dutch Audiovisual Archive Centre.


The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.