Based on the results of a competitive call for proposals, the City of Amsterdam' has announced that its new science institute -- the "Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions" -- is to be developed by collaboratively by MIT, Delft University and Wageningen University.  The group's proposal was "head and shoulders above the other short-listed entries," according to Robbert Dijkgraaf, chairman of the jury.  "Amsterdam will be getting something really new: a scientific institute of technology which will develop expertise in practical urban issues."

The city of Amsterdam is committing €50m to the new institute, which is expected to generate hundreds of jobs.  Corporate sponsors such as Cisco, Shell, IBN, Accenture, TNO and Schiphol are also involved.