Start Sapiens: workshop, museum and debate center in Zuidas for and by young people

March 3rd, 2022
Bestuurders en jongeren zij aan zij op de trappen van Sapiens.

The striking residential and office tower 'Valley' on the Amsterdam Zuidas has been completed. This makes the arrival of Sapiens - workshop of the Anthropocene, museum and debate center - a fact. Sapiens is expected to open its doors in the spring of 2023.


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to save the earth

Valley was recently delivered by project developer EDGE to RJB Group of Companies. On 14 February, these two parties, together with the substantive partners of Sapiens, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and VU University Amsterdam (VU) signed the lease. Sapiens can start!

The need for a place like Sapiens is clear. It's time for a major overhaul of the Anthropocene; for structural action in the field of climate, biodiversity and sustainability. At Sapiens, young people in particular will work on concrete projects and initiatives to tackle the huge questions posed by the climate and biodiversity crisis.

Working on
system change

The disturbed balance between humans and nature must improve if we want to have a future as humans. That is why we are going to work at Sapiens on a systemic change for society; a transformation of sectors and new methods of collaboration. Philipp Pattberg, director of the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute at the VU, says: "What is at stake is nothing less than the survival of the human species. What we need to do to avert this catastrophe is also clear. words of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: 'Making peace with nature is the decisive task of the 21st century. It must be the highest, highest priority for everyone.'"

young people
in the lead

“We want to help everyone, and especially young people who are concerned about the quality of life on our planet for future generations, by making their concerns visible, by sharing knowledge, and by thinking about what solutions we can find together for a sustainable future”, says Edwin van Huis, general director of Naturalis Biodiversity Center. Young people will be leading Sapiens, supported by advice from seasoned experts. This applies to the substantive projects, but also to the organization itself, which will be shaped in the coming period.

Integrating sustainability
into education and research

Students from VU University Amsterdam and Inholland University of Applied Sciences, as well as young researchers from all three organizations play an important role in this initiative. “This is an opportunity for our students and colleagues to contribute to the development of a new, truly sustainable way of life together with inspiring, academic and professional partners. Moreover, with their acquired knowledge and experience, they can contribute to the further integration of sustainability in our education and research. In this way, the knife cuts both ways,” says Mieke van den Berg, member of the Executive Board of Inholland University of Applied Sciences.


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Sapiens is an initiative of Naturalis Biodiversity Center, VU University Amsterdam and Hogeschool Inholland and made possible with the support of project developer EDGE and building owner RJB Group of Companies.

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