- What is the board?The Amsterdam Economic Board, or simply the Board, has been founded to strengthen the collaboration between industry, universities and government with the aim of promoting a smart, green and healthy Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA). The Board accelerates the most important transitions of our time – the circular, energy and digital transitions – by working together on urban challenges within these transitions. The focus is on the most urgent urban challenges and on fields in which we in the AMA have the knowledge, expertise and human resources to make a real difference, and which also offer potential for economic growth. For each challenge, we have projected a point on the horizon. This is where we want to be as a region by 2025, when Amsterdam celebrates its 750th anniversary:
Circular Economy: by 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region aims to lead the field in the area of smart solutions for the conservation of raw materials, so that valuable materials can be used more efficiently and for longer. At the same time, this will enable the region to realise innovation and new industry.
Energy: By 2025, in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area we will have taken major steps in the transition to a flexible, robust and affordable energy system that will help us to realise an energy supply that is clean, decentralised and variable. A system based on collaboration among all the players in the chain, from producer to client, and which is linked to a set of new agreements and technologies.
Mobility: An objective of zero-emission urban transport in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area by 2025. There are two aims: the AMA intends to be an international frontrunner in the field of smart and clean urban logistics for all types of transport, for goods, services and passengers, and to play a leading role in the field of innovation in logistics systems and connections with logistics hubs outside the city, strengthening its position as a logistics hub at global level.
Digital Connectivity: By 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area aims to be the most important place in Europe for data-driven innovation. The region aspires to be an international frontrunner in terms of its digital infrastructure, capacity to build innovative data-driven applications on the basis of this infrastructure, and trust in a digital society.
Health: By 2025, the residents of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) will be able to expect two extra healthy life years as a result of efforts on prevention through the use of data. The region will develop sustainable solutions for the health of its inhabitants by means of scientific research, data analysis and the implementation of innovative interventions.
Talent for the Future: By 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will have the most adaptive education and labour market in Europe, focused on successfully utilising, retaining and attracting talent.
- What does the Board do?The Amsterdam Economic Board brings together, industry, government, universities and research organisations in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area to find pioneering solutions to these urban challenges. The aim is to collaborate on the smart, green and healthy metropolitan area of the future. We do this in four areas:
Building ecosystems – We have a unique function as a network and bring together organisations that would not automatically come into contact. These ecosystems make fertile ground for knowledge exchange and a starting-point for new partnerships.
Identifying innovative opportunities – The Board plays an important role in spotting chances for new forms of innovative collaboration and industry, for example via theme-oriented learning communities, consortiums of trendsetters, or the development of new business models.
Boosting and mobilising the network – Based on the opportunities identified, the Board activates the network to carry out experiments and pilots, and to set up programmes.
Providing data-driven insights – The Board has an important strategic knowledge function and makes data-driven insights available at different levels: facts and figures on the AMA, trend analyses and future scenarios.
- What is the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area?The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is a region known for its high quality of life, with attractive amenities, good public transport and a relatively highly educated population. To strengthen this position, also as the population increases, there is a constant need for innovation. We tackle the most urgent urban problems in fields where we have the knowledge, expertise and human resources to make a real difference.
You can see an infographic on the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area here.
For all the urban challenges, we are working on ecosystems within the region.
- What is the Board’s mission?The Amsterdam Economic Board contributes to the creation of the smart, green and healthy metropolis of the future, for all the inhabitants of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA). We do so by accelerating the most important transitions of our time: the circular, energy and digital transitions. Within these three transitions, we connect industry, universities and government to collaborate on five urban challenges: circular economy, energy, mobility, digital connectivity and health. Talent for the future is a crucial precondition that transects all the challenges. To tackle these challenges, we stimulate third parties, propose initiatives, identify innovative opportunities, create ecosystems and provide data-driven insights.
- What is our ambition?Working on the smart, green and healthy metropolis of the future
The urban challenges on which the Board focuses have a shorter time horizon than the transitions (2040/2050). The ambitions below have been set for 2025:
By 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area aims to be a frontrunner in the field of smart solutions for resource conservation, so valuable resources will be used more efficiently and for longer. At the same time, this will enable the region to realise innovation and new industry.
By 2025, in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area we will have taken major steps in the transition to a flexible, robust and affordable energy system, one that helps us to arrive at an energy supply that is clean, decentralised and variable. A system based on collaboration between all the players in the chain, from producer to client, and that is linked to a set of new agreements and technologies.
By 2025, city transport in the region aims to be zero emission. There are two objectives: on the one hand, the region intends to be an international frontrunner in the field of smart and clean urban logistics (transport for goods, services and passengers); on the other hand, we intend to play a leading role in the field of innovation in the logistics system and connections with logistics hubs beyond the city, strengthening our position as a global logistics hub.
By 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area aims to be the most important place in Europe for data-driven innovation. The region aspires to be an international frontrunner in terms of its digital infrastructure, capacity to build innovative data-driven applications on the basis of this infrastructure, and trust in a digital society.
By 2025, the inhabitants of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be able to expect two extra healthy years of life, thanks to efforts on prevention using data. The region will develop sustainable solutions for the health of its inhabitants by means of scientific research, data analysis and the implementation of innovative interventions.
Talent for the Future
By 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will have the most adaptive education and labour market in Europe, focused on successfully utilising, retaining and attracting talent.
- Why were these challenges chosen?The five challenges are relevant for every metropolitan region in the world. Our region has the potential to achieve a prominent position internationally by developing solutions to these issues, prioritising the maintenance and improvement of quality of life. Parties in the region are ready and willing to work together on putting these solutions in to practice.
- How did the board come about?The Amsterdam Economic Board was founded in 2010 by businesses, universities and governmental organisations in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, with the aim of sustainably strengthening the region’s economy. Stichting KennisKring (Amsterdam Knowledge Network Foundation) – founded in 1994 to develop the regional knowledge infrastructure – and Amsterdam Innovatie Motor (Amsterdam Innovation Motor, AIM) were its predecessors. KennisKring launched the AIM project in 2004. In August 2006, AIM became a foundation and started operating as an independent organisation. AIM then focused on strengthening the climate for innovation for government, universities and industry. The foundation set up initiatives to promote collaboration among these parties and civil society organisations.
- Why can the AMA achieve international prominence in relation to these challenges?The characteristics of the AMA make it ideally suited to capitalise on a rapidly changing world:
– Sufficient critical mass in terms of economic activity (both small- and largescale) that is important for collaboration on these urban challenges.
– A strong concentration of innovative companies that are able to develop and market new products and services.
– A strong basis of scientific knowledge in the field of these urban challenges.
– A collaborative government that applies the right instruments to make innovation possible.
– A strong physical and digital infrastructure.
– Active citizens who are open to innovation.
- Can the challenges change?The ambition is for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area to be one of the top three most innovative regions in Europe by 2025. In a rapidly changing world, the route to this objective is unpredictable. The Board charts uncertainties and transitions so the region can respond to them flexibly. The challenges may therefore change if this creates opportunities or is necessary for the region.
- How is the Board organised?Read more about what the board does and who we are.
- How does the Board realise its aims in practice?In close collaboration with Board members, the Network Council and all other parties who have the desire and ability to play a role, concrete initiatives are launched and action is taken.
The point of departure is always the mobilisation of energy, ownership and the capacity for implementation within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
The Board organisation brings together parties in the region around different challenges. Within the scope of these challenges, various projects or initiatives may develop. They are then taken on and implemented by the relevant parties and consortiums. The innovations that arise from new partnerships and projects are the responsibility of the collaborating parties themselves.
- Who pays for the Board?The Board is funded by industry, universities and government in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
- Where is the Board?The Board’s offices are on the Marineterrein, Kattenburgerstraat 5, Amsterdam. See the location and contact information.
- Is the Board only for Amsterdam?No, the Board focuses on the entire Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA). The area stretches from IJmuiden to Lelystad, and from Purmerend to Haarlemmermeer. You can see a map of the AMA here.
- Can I receive funding from the Amsterdam Economic Board?The Board doesn’t fund projects itself.
- How do I contact someone from the Board?Click here for all the contact information.
- Can I join the Board?Board members join by invitation, bearing in mind factors such as the balance between industry, government and universities. You are more than welcome to take an active part in the Board community in other ways, for example by joining the Network Council.
- Are Board members paid?No, the members work on a voluntary basis for a strong regional economy.
- How can I keep up to date with the Board’s news and meetings?Sign up for the Board Update. You’ll then also receive invitations to our events. We also regularly publish articles about the initiatives we are working on with our network.
- What’s the relationship between the Board and the municipalities in the AMA?The Board is an independent foundation. The municipalities in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area are represented on the Board. In addition, the Board receives part of its funding from municipalities in the region.
- What is the Board’s relationship with other regions?The Board works closely with other knowledge and innovation regions, such as Brainport Eindhoven, and with other Economic Development Boards, such as those in Utrecht and Rotterdam. We all work together to benefit the Netherlands. In partnership with the Economic Board Utrecht, the Amsterdam Economic Board founded the Board Academy.
- What is the Board’s relationship with Brussels/the EU?The Board actively seeks opportunities in Europe to strengthen initiatives within the scope of the challenges, for example by participating in Horizon 2020.
- What happened to the old cluster networks?Since the strategic reorientation of the Amsterdam Economic Board in the autumn of 2015, the Board has been working to develop the metropolis of the future by contributing to solutions for five urban challenges. From this point onwards, the Board has no longer been responsible for the management of the cluster networks that have been established in the AMA over the years.
The shift in focus towards the urban challenges certainly does not mean that the cluster networks are no longer relevant to the Board’s work. To achieve successes in meeting these challenges, it is necessary to mobilise parties both within and beyond the AMA and to make cross-sectoral connections among the existing cluster networks. In the new situation, an intensive relationship between the Board and its organisation on the one hand and the existing cluster networks on the other continue to be vital to the AMA’s innovative strength.
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