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AMS Institute is a young institute for applied technology and urban design, founded by TU Delft, Wageningen University & Research and MIT. In this Amsterdam based public-private institute, talent is educated and engineers, designers, digital engineers and natural/social scientists jointly develop and valorise interdisciplinary metropolitan solutions. Our aim is to find answers to the urban challenges of sustainability and quality of life, including resource and food security, mobility and logistics, water and waste management, and health and wellbeing.

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  • Femke Haccou's picture
  • Marije Wassenaar's picture
  • Dina El Filali's picture
  • Moja Reus's picture
  • Peter Russell's picture
  • Maud Kaan's picture
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  • Debby Dröge's picture
  • Tom Kuipers's picture
  • Bob Geldermans's picture
  • Saskia Timmer's picture
  • Virpi Heybroek's picture
  • Natasha Sena's picture
  • Ynse Deinema's picture
  • Communication Alliance for a Circular Region (CACR)'s picture
  • Jelle Burger's picture
  • Maxim Amosov's picture
  • Joppe van Driel's picture
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AMS Institute, Re-inventing the city (urban innovation) at AMS Institute, posted

Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab in full swing

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During the pandemic, it might have felt as if the world temporarily stood still. However, while most of us worked at home, the Living Lab projects at Marineterrein Amsterdam were still running.

Although dealing with traveling restrictions, social distancing, and the accompanying delays - it was still possible to run the experiments - all within guidelines - and some of the projects developed at a rapid speed. Despite all these restrictions, Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab (MALL) was in full swing.

Read on for updates on:

• The autonomous and modular vehicle Roboat
• Roboat meets The garbage module
• Space For Food: from waste water to cultivating purple bacteria
• Respyre lets moss grow on concrete
• The Responsible Sensing Lab
• Side walk robot Husky

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Marije Wassenaar, Program Manager New Business Innovations at AMS Institute, posted

AMS Startup Booster '21- Open for applications

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The AMS Startup Βooster is an idea validation program focusing on the creation of startups that want to make an impact on city life and solve metropolitan challenges.

Do you have, or know someone who has, a great idea on urban challenges and want(s) to fast-track it to the next level? Then join our team of sustainability experts and business enthusiasts and we will help you boost your idea into a business.

Open for applications until August 29
The application form will remain open until August 29. The first week of September, we will select our top teams to join our program and coaching sessions.

September 2021 – December 2021
The program consists of six sessions, accompanied by peer-to-peer discussions and coaching sessions. All sessions will take place on Monday afternoons. We aim to bring the start-ups to the level where they have eliminated uncertainties, done a thorough customer discovery, formed a strong team and can venture out with a solid pitch and a minimum viable product. The sessions will be primarily online due to the uncertainty of COVID19, but when possible we will also have some live sessions at our institute in Amsterdam.

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Jelle Burger, AMS Academy assistant at AMS Institute, posted

AMS Institute - Urban Living Lab Summer school

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Build your knowledge & skills on the Living Lab approach during the online AMS Summer School 2021.

You will learn to understand what a Living Lab is and when it can be of value to start one. You’ll also gain hands-on knowledge on what is needed to have a successful start, and how to deal with issues such as stakeholder involvement and citizen empowerment.

The Summer school will challenge you to work with a new mindset, build a new network of professionals and academia. It gives you the opportunity to be a part of the next steps towards the future of one of Amsterdam’s key projects.

During the Summer school, we will help you solve the real-world challenge you bring with your team.

What can you expect?
During the week you will work in a team of 5 participants on a pre-defined real-life case. The Urban Living Lab Summer School consists of lectures, online co-working sessions, trainings, and real-world interventions. It will tap into theoretical frameworks of Living Lab methodology, process tools to help deliver a plan of approach and deploy teamwork on a real-life case. It will focus on your own learning goals for reinventing cities of tomorrow. The mix of participants - academic researchers, public professionals, and company innovation managers, with at least 5 years of experience - generates new insights and perspectives on the challenges by co-creating solutions together.

Cases we'll work on

• Case 1 – Circularity at IJburg 2
• Case 2a – Mobility hubs: area-oriented approach ‘Jordaan’ & ‘Westelijke Grachtengordel’ Amsterdam
• Case 2b - Exploration of mobility hub development at ‘Appeltjesmarkt/Europarking’ location, Amsterdam

During the week
In the week of 16 August you can expect a full-time online program running from Monday to Friday from 9:00-17:00. We expect you to be present to get the most out of it, also be there for your team. Every day you will attend inspirational lectures, participate in workshops, get personal coaching and work with your group on your case. All classes, materials and discussions will be in English.

Pricing
PhD student: € 500
Senior researcher € 900
Professional € 2000

The application deadline is July 16, so make sure to apply on time.

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments!

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Marian van Sprakelaar, Project Communication Officer at AMS Institute, posted

Code the Streets - Creating innovative solutions for sustainable, inclusive and safe mobility.

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As Amsterdam’s metropolitan area continues to grow, so do traffic related issues such as congestion, crowded streets, and increasing pressures on fragile infrastructures. Just like cities worldwide, the City of Amsterdam is faced with the challenge of finding better ways to manage urban mobility. Code the Streets wants to support cities with this challenge by bringing together cities, mobility providers and science to create sustainable and inclusive mobility solutions that keep cities liveable, now and in the future.

Code the Streets is working on improving an already existing navigation app by adding data about school zones, fragile infrastructures, congestion and pollution. We want to stimulate car-users to choose an alternative route, for example one that avoids school zones or vulnerable city infrastructure. That way we work to towards a more sustainable way of driving and make the streets of Amsterdam safer and less crowded. Starting in autumn, we will be running pilot programs testing the application in Amsterdam. Interested in trying the app? Sign up here.

Code the Streets is an European EIT Urban Mobility Project bringing together partners from Amsterdam, Helsinki and Budapest to work on innovative solutions for sustainable, inclusive and safe mobility.

Note from ASC: What do you think? Let’s hear it in the comments!

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Joppe van Driel, Circular economy at AMS Institute, posted

24th Circular Economy Lab: Circular Solar Panels

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During this online event, we will identity opportunities to accelerate circularity for solar panels. We will do this together with frontrunners from science, industry, and government.

For solar panels to be sustainable, we need circular solutions addressing their full life cycle. Currently their production causes huge environmental and social impact, while reuse and proper recycling does not occur.

When: Monday 28th of June
What time: 14:00h - 18:00h CEST
Where: Online event live from NEMO

Sign up for the 24th Circular Economy Lab: Circular Solar Panels.

Toward circular solutions for solar panels
Nowadays solar panels are treated as disposables. In the Netherlands, currently about 7 to 8 million new solar panels are installed every year, amounting to over 120.000 ton of valuable materials imported each year. Soon this growth of the solar energy market will result a huge pile of discarded PV modules.

It is about time that we start investing in circular solutions for solar panels. At present, we don’t do much with discarded panels. There is no demand for used PV modules, which either end up in landfills or are downcycled. This way, we will run into trouble, as solar panels are valuable high-tech products. Production of panels costs a lot of energy and causes a lot of CO2 and environmental impact while being associated with forced labor in China. Moreover, Western countries increasingly make themselves dependent on scarce and critical raw materials applied in PV modules.

Starting off a circular PV movement
In collaboration with Amsterdam Economic Board, City of Amsterdam and Alliantie Cirkelregio Utrecht, Utrecht Sustainability Institute and AMS Institute organize the 24th Circular Economy Lab on solar panels.

During the Circular Economy Lab, experts and frontrunners from science, industry, and governments will come together to identify opportunities and hurdles for circular innovations in the solar energy market. The goal is to start a circular movement for solar panels in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. We will address promising market innovations in a circular design, business models, and high-value recycling. In addition, we will discuss the incentive role of governments in policymaking and green public procurement.

Join the panel discussions, learn from the experts and raise the questions that help your organization forward. The Circular Economy Lab will be an online and interactive session, live streamed from NEMO Studio.

This event is in Dutch.

Sign up here for the 24th Circular Economy Lab: Circular Solar Panels

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Nout Keijzer, MSc MADE Student at AMS Institute, posted

Urban Living Lab Summit 2021 - by AMS Institute

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Are you a Living Lab Practitioner or Researcher and wondering about the impact of living labs? Join the ULL Summit on June 22nd!

The third edition of the Urban Living Lab Summit brings together living lab practitioners and researchers worldwide to work together on learning and co-creating with living labs. The leading question will be: ‘How to measure and make impact with urban living labs?' You can simply register to join and participate!

When: On June 22nd from 14-18 CEST
Where: Online
Price: Your time and Brain power (no costs)

The ULL Summit is an initiave from the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) but open to contributions from all!

Online event on Jun 22nd
AMS Institute, Re-inventing the city (urban innovation) at AMS Institute, posted

3 exciting vacancies @ AMS Institute

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Do you share our mission of 're-inventing cities' and want to join us to work on solutions for the city’s urban challenges? AMS Institute's communications team has 3 exciting job opportunities!

PR and Content Officer
Do PR, corporate storytelling, and content marketing, make you tick? Can you translate difficult topics into crisp and accessible content, do you have a creative approach, and would you like to work from an environment where innovation takes shape? Read more >>

Project Communications Officer
Are you the key communications expert within our projects and do you know how to create effective and appealing communication deliverables for our research & innovation projects? While organizing your work for multiple projects? Continue here >>

Internship
Are you looking for an internship in the field of communication, social media & community building, in an environment where you can immerse yourself in topics related to urban innovation? Click here >>

All job opportunities

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AMS Institute, Re-inventing the city (urban innovation) at AMS Institute, posted

Data Visualization: Lockdown & City life

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Over a year ago, national COVID-19 measures and a lockdown was introduced in the Netherlands. This “new normal” impacted our lives in many ways. Our data visualization took a deep dive into some facts and figures how the lockdown affected city life.

The following topics were reviewed:

  • Cardboard and glass waste
  • Happiness levels and concentration problems
  • Car traffic 
  • Water usage
  • CO2 emissions

Curious to see how the lockdown affected the above? Learn more >>

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