Thesis Fair

Registration is closed, we are no longer accepting projects nor new organisations for the Thesis Fair 2020.

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to have this event online. We value the health and safety of our students and organisation representatives. 

The event will still have the one-on-one individual sessions between students and organisation representatives. 

More information on the new online platform and how the event will take place will follow soon. 

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 late 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 2019/2020 Thesis Fair we had 39 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 over 150 students from a plethora of backgrounds. 

Examples of participating organisations are the City of Amsterdam, Elsevier, European Space Agency, ING, BrainCreators, PostNL, and more. 

Over 120 matches

The 2019 Thesis Fair had over 150 students looking for a project, either internally with UvA or externally with an organisation. Of those 150 students, more than 120 matched with external organisations 

more than 300 participants

More than 180 representatives from industry met with over 150 students over the course of the day 

5 master programs

MSc Information Studies, Data Science and Information Systems, MSc Software Engineering, MSc Computational Science, MSc Logic, and MSc Computer Science

Fees

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

€600 (medium/large companies)

€1200 (large companies)

Testimonials

George

Elsevier

Thesis Fair, 2019/2020

I enjoyed most the volume of the great young talent, and the precise preparation for the speeddates.

It has been a very beneficial programme, via which we have managed to do good research, produce publications, and create prototypes of services that later on we productionized. It also helps us explore fast in the form of PoCs, research directions that are unknown as to whether they could be beneficial for adoption, e.g., comparing some of the State of the Art for some of our text mining problems, with our own data.

Michael

TomTom

AI Thesis Fair, 2019/2020

I enjoyed most the volume of the great young talent, and the precise preparation for the speeddates.

It has been a very beneficial programme, via which we have managed to do good research, produce publications, and create prototypes of services that later on we productionized. It also helps us explore fast in the form of PoCs, research directions that are unknown as to whether they could be beneficial for adoption, e.g., comparing some of the State of the Art for some of our text mining problems, with our own data.

Brendan

MSc Information Studies, Data Science

Thesis Fair, 2019/2020

Meeting with multiple companies is important because in these one-to-one conversations you get a quick impression of the person that works there. Also, the discussions can lead to more opportunities.

It was an informative experience to speak with several people from different companies. I learned that there is a big difference in how I was approached by these companies. This made me consider it is important to get to know a company and its work ethic.

My experience of my internship has been great. The City of Amsterdam takes good care of their interns and provides us with opportunities to work closely together with fellow students.

Sean

MSc Information Studies, Data Science

Thesis Fair, 2019/2020

Meeting face-to-face gives students the opportunity to ask tailored questions and potentially stand out. [This] contact also allows for a more personal discussion and dissemination of opinions which are potentially important for the students’ and employers’ assessments of whether a research proposal or placement is suitable…unexpected opportunities arose, through this format, and that was how I secured my first internship placement.