Applying science for a positive impact
on complex societal challenges

What is the Tesla minor?

The Tesla minor is a 30 EC minor for research master students, from both University of Amsterdam and other universities. Students work in small interdisciplinary groups on complex projects connecting science with a societal challenge.

In the Tesla minor, most of the student’s time is being spent on their project. However, they also participate in a wide variety of training sessions, workshops, lectures and assignments to help them with their project work and to prepare them for life after university. A few examples of these activities are:

  • Lectures: Guest speakers from all sorts of disciplines visit to speak and provide insights on science and society. Tesla students partially organize the lectures themselves and are welcome to invite inspiring individuals.
  • Workshops and training sessions: Theater, Storytelling, Visual thinking, Efficient meetings, Project Management, Communication, Project Planning and many more.
  • Sports: On top of the normal work week, students participate in a specialized Tesla sports program, designed in cooperation with the University Sports Center to encourage physical health and team building.

Previous Projects

Every year Tesla has several projects running with different partners. The topics typically revolve around sustainability or health, however, they vary every year

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