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.