The Anton Pannekoek Institute can be reached at (postal address):

Anton Pannekoek Instituut voor Sterrenkunde
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Postbus 94249
1090 GE Amsterdam

phone: (+31) (0)20 525 7491
fax: (+31) (0)20 525 7484


For outreach, i.e. about tours through the domes, our stargazing nights, or general stargazing questions, please send an e-mail to our outreach officer Esther Hanko.

PhD-PD council

The API PhD & PD Council was created in 2015 with the aims of building a community of PhDs & PostDocs, to facilitate communication between the staff and PhDs/PostDocs (including the Faculty PhD-PD Council) and to to organize welcome and information meetings for new PhDs & Postdocs.


How to find us

Our visitor address is:

Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam

You can recognise the faculty building by the two domes on top; the institute is located right under the domes. The building is also the largest building in the Science Park. Walk under the building between the pillars into the central area to find the main entrance.

If you are visiting, please present yourself at the reception on the ground floor in the central hall (hopefully, someone has notified the reception about your arrival in advance). Please state who you are visiting and you will be given an access card for the building (you may be asked some information and possibly an identification; this is for visitors to remind them to return the access card when leaving).

Take the lift to the fourth floor, and exit the lift towards the hallway. Then turn left and pass along the vide. Then left again and keep on walking to the end. You should now find yourself at the institute (see map).

General information on public transport

Public transport in Amsterdam is generally very good: trams, metro, buses and train will get you to most places. Amsterdam is using the so-called "OV-card", which you can buy at the public transport vending machines (Train: NS; all the rest: GVB) or in the tram/bus. Some card types are rechargable if you want to use it more than once. You swipe the card when entering and exiting public transport, the cost will automatically be deducted from the card. For more information see "how to use the GVB OV-chipcard". and "how to use the NS OV-chipcard".

How to reach Science Park 904

The Science Park is located at the "Wetenschappelijk Centrum Watergraafsmeer" (WCW). Information on how to get there is available at the Science Park website, which also contains a printable map of the area.

From Amsterdam Centraal station

If you are coming from Amsterdam Centraal station, the best option is to take the train to Amsterdam Science Park station. Trains to the Science Park leave at 10, 22, 40 and 52 minutes past the hour.

When exiting the Science Park station, turn left into the tunnel. Once through the tunnel, you'll find yourself in the Science Park. Our building is to your right and it can be easily recognized by the two domes on the rooftop.

From Schiphol Airport

At Schiphol, buy a ticket for Amsterdam Science Park station. Take the train to Amsterdam Centraal station, and follow directions as above.

Other options

If Amsterdam Amstel station is more convenient for you to reach (there are direct trains from Utrecht to Amsterdam Amstel, and the metro stops there as well), take bus 40 from Amsterdam Amstel station (every fifteen minutes) and get out at bus stop Science Park (some ten minutes from the station). The bus may go around the building first before stopping here, but there are bus stops at either side of the building.

Other options consist of taking bus 40 from Muiderpoort station to Amsterdam Amstel in the opposite direction, or taking tram line 9 and exiting at stop "Kruislaan". From there you can walk or catch bus 40 again.


By car

Get on the A10, the Amsterdam ring road, towards the easterly part (direction "Utrecht/Den Haag" if coming from Amersfoort; direction "Amersfoort" from other directions). Find exit S113-Watergraafsmeer.

At the end of the exit, follow the signs for Watergraafsmeer/Science Park (turn right coming from the east, turn left coming from Utrecht/Schiphol), onto the Middenweg.
After about half a kilometer, turn right onto the Kruislaan at the traffic lights; at the end of the Kruislaan, you pass under a long railway bridge, and you are in the Science Park (noticable by the various offices). Once there you should at some point see the API domes. Circle around the building until you find a parking place; parking at the Science Park is not free.

More information

Some more information is available on the Science Park website.


Local map of the Science Park