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Watch the VU-AIMMS Festival recap

17 October 2023
How can our interdisciplinary research make the biggest impact on society?  How can we leverage connections with external parties to accelerate that impact?   These were among the topics discussed at the launch festival of AIMMS —VU’s molecular research accelerator, connecting 11 research groups with each other and with the outside world.

150 AIMMS researchers and industrial partners came together to celebrate molecular science, spark new ideas and foster collaborations. From inspiring industry and AIMMS keynote speakers to interactive parallel sessions tackling big societal challenges, the energy was high and it gave our younger scientists opportunities to really contribute. 

 Moving forward, we’re starting to see fruits of the seeds that were planted during the festival. Ongoing activities include:

  • Mimetas followed up the festival by launching the Mimetas-AIMMS challenge 
  • By popular demand, a continuation of our discussion on public private partnerships is planned this fall
  • Industry days at the VU are being set up with active support from AIMMS coming Q1 2024

Science is so much more than the excellent work you perform in your lab or at your desk. Truly accelerating science is about getting your research out there—zooming out from your expertise and making the connections needed to create mutually beneficial partnerships with external parties. AIMMS strongly believes that making an impact through science is not done in isolation, but through strong collaborations. This festival was a great way to foster such connections by getting out of our labs and talking with each other. To quote Matthias Bickelhaupt from the after movie: “Modern academia actually has a lack of this type of meeting, that’s why it’s so important why we do this. […] We need this exchange.” 

 Curious what are participants thought of it? Check out the after movie to get a good idea.

AIMMS Festival 2023 Video Recap

Watch the recap of the AIMMS Festival 2023 here