Creating positive impact through connecting science and society

Tesla is a 30EC minor program for MSc students (UvA or other universities) who want to apply science beyond academia and become an effective changemaker in just sustainability and health transitions. During this intensive five-month program, you work in interdisciplinary groups on a real-world societal challenge, in collaboration with diverse partners and stakeholders such as government, NGOs, non-profits and social businesses. Using a combination of co-creation, consulting and systems thinking approaches, you have the opportunity to create meaningful change while gaining invaluable experience.

Besides working on a project, you also participate in – and co-organize – trainings, lectures, coaching and an integrated sports program. All designed to prepare you for a fulfilling career as an effective changemaker.

Our projects

Every year, Tesla works on multiple projects with different partners. Topics typically revolve around sustainability or health.

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What students say

“In Tesla I had the chance to work in a very ambitious team. The Tesla program also assisted a lot in the team process. It is important to be open to each other in the beginning, to share your preferences and be aware of how you induce negative feelings in others. As my team consisted of three very different personalities conflicts are inevitable when working together for five months. However, we learned to accept each others needs and found ways that allowed everyone to express his/her strengths, because we were open to each other and everybody worked hard.” – Maurice

Apply until May 23

Interested in becoming a partner?

Do you have a question that has been bugging you for ages? Or an innovative idea that needs some thorough research and a fresh perspective?

Become a Tesla partner! A team of 2-3 top-level and highly motivated MSc students, guided by experienced consultants, coaches and academic supervisors, will take a deep dive into your problem. By working on your assignment, the students gain valuable experience and professional skills, and you receive a creative and scientifically sound solution.

Some of our partners