Thesis Fair

Thursday, 3 November 2022

The project submissions deadline has been extended to Tuesday, 27 September. 

The 2022 Thesis Fair will be held completely in person at the USC Sport Center at Science Park. 

The event’s format is changing this year! There are now three parts:

The first part of the Thesis Fair will be an open market fair with each organisation having their own stand and students freely walking around for an hour.

The second part of the fair is the speeddate meetings. This year there will be 5 rounds of 15 minute speeddate meetings. A speeddate schedule will be drawn up and sent to participating students and organisations a week before the event. During the event, organisations have the excellent opportunity to meet our students in 15-minute conversations and discuss thesis project details, opportunities and compensation.

The event will finish with a borrel. This will allow you to continue or finish earlier conversations or meet with students who were unable to meet you during the first two parts.

We hope this new format will allow you to meet more students and for more in-depth conversations with the students.

Event Schedule

Registration starts at 11:45 for organisations and a lunch will be provided for representatives to enjoy as you set-up your booth.

The conference section of the event takes place from 12:50 – 13:50 with a 25 minute break before the first speeddate meeting. The meetings begin at 14:15 and end at 15:50. We then move downstairs to enjoy a borrel. 

In case of COVID-19 Restrictions

In case we need to cancel an event due to government regulations pertaining to COVID-19, we will either issue a full refund or partial refund.

A full refund will be given to all organisations if we cancel 14 days or more before the event. If we need to cancel less than 14 days before the event, then large companies and medium/large companies will receive 80% of their fees back. All others will receive a full refund.

If we do need to cancel, you and your colleagues will still have access to our students as well as their CVs. There will not be an online event nor meetings facilitated by us. Instead you will be able to access the students who voted for your projects on our platform – including their contact information, CV, and websites. They will, in turn, be able to access your contact information.

You will then be able to organise meetings and interviews with students you wish to meet on your own time. We will no longer be involved at this point.

The Thesis Fair is a yearly event that started in 2011. Over the years, as our programs and industry ecosystem have grown, so has the Thesis Fair. The popularity of the event has lead us to splitting it into two separate events, with the AI Thesis Fair occurring in October and this Fair in November. We have also found more programs choosing to participate, thus opening up possibilities for more types of students to interact with local industry.

In the 2021/2022 Online Thesis Fair we had over 30 diverse organisations ranging from small startups, to SMEs, large corporations and banks, to government agencies participating. They had the opportunity to meet individually and mingle with more than 250 students from a plethora of backgrounds. 

Examples of participating organisations are the City of Amsterdam, Elsevier, KPMG, Amsterdam UMC, Huawei, Picnic, Zeta Alpha Vector, and more.

Over 250 matches

The 2021 Thesis Fair had over 250 students looking for a project, either internally with UvA or externally with an organisation.

more than 400 participants

More than 200 representatives from industry met with over 250 students over the course of the day. 

4 master programs

MSc Information Studies: Data Science and Information Systems Tracks; MSc Software Engineering; MSc Computational Science; and MSc Logic.

€200 (startups, SMEs, government organisations, and non-profits).

€600 (medium/large companies).

€1200 (large companies).

25% off for LAB42 tenants.