Mapping research and Innovation: Understanding Amsterdam's Competitive Advantage
A report by the Urban Innovation Network and Elsevier
Elsevier Analytical Services and the Urban Innovation Network partnered on this report to examine how cities can align development strategies and priorities with research strengths. Using Amsterdam as a case study, the report analyzes the city's competitiveness across multiple dimensions of research performance from 2004-2013. The report benchmarks Amsterdam against ten other European cities of comparable size and standing, namely: Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, Madrid, Manchester, Stockholm and Vienna.
To generate this report, Elsevier’s Analytical Services identified and aggregated research performance data for institutions in Amsterdam and comparator cities. The report draws on a variety of data sources including Scopus, usage metrics from ScienceDirect R&D expenditure, employment, and population data from EuroStat and the OIS (Research, Information and Statistics) of the City of Amsterdam, and patent information from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and LexisNexis TotalPatent.
NOTE: Methods appendix to this report will be uploaded soon
The core findings
- Amsterdam has key strengths in medicine
- Among the eleven cities under comparison, Amsterdam ranked first and second respectively in terms of relative volume and impact of medical research. The city’s research community has produced over 3,600 publications over the past 10 years in oncology, and Amsterdam's relative research impact in clinical neurology is more than twice the world average.
- Amsterdam is strongly connected to industry through its research.
- Amsterdam’s research in immunology and microbiology is incorporated in patents at a rate of six times above the world average.
- Amsterdam’s universities should continue to grow strong connections, especially with pharmaceutical companies.
- Amsterdam’s researchers are globally connected.
- Between 2004 and 2013, Amsterdam researchers co-authored more than 100 publications with researchers from 66 different countries.