Interdisciplinary Research Institutes

Research at VU University Amsterdam covers a wide range of fields that often cut across disciplinary boundaries. In order to encourage and accommodate interdisciplinary research, VU University has established interdisciplinary research institutes in which researchers can meet, share their expertise and join forces in the acquisition of external funding. The institutes enhance the scientific quality and the societal impact of research, and they enjoy an excellent reputation due to their successful PhD and research Master’s programmes, worldwide recruitment of staff and students, and active participation in international networks and consortia. They are also highly esteemed, both nationally and internationally, on account of their excellent research facilities.



The ‘Amsterdam Institute of Sports Science’ (AISS) is a partnership between the Vrije Universiteit, VU Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, AMC and Hogeschool van Amsterdam. AISS seeks close cooperation with Reade, De Sportartsen Groep and the Centre for Elite Sports and Education (CTO) Amsterdam.



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Research institute LEARN! groups all education researchers of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the VUmc. Central to its mission are the questions of how people learn, and how education should be organized so as to allow learners to grow. These questions are addressed using pedagogical, psychological, and neuroscientific methods, as well as through classic education science.

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Amsterdam Neuroscience


The mission of Amsterdam Neuroscience is clear: to improve understanding of the human brain and nervous system in health and disease by executing integrated basic, translational and clinical research. We do this by bringing together more than 850 clinicians, faculty and staff in the Amsterdam area, producing 1200+ publications per year, and performing research and clinical care amongst the best in the Netherlands and beyond. Our investigators target and organize their collaborations along nine translational research programs, each focused in specific brain and nervous system disease mechanisms but also on technology innovation and basic research.