VU University Amsterdam founded in 1880, is a leading research university that ranks among the best in Europe. VU University Amsterdam employs many researchers who are among the best in their respective fields, at both national and international level, and for several years has been one of the leading academic research centers in Europe. The VU houses 12 faculties, 14 interdisciplinary research institutes, participates in two national research centers of excellence and is participant in 40 accredited research schools, of which 6 as coordinating institution. In total, the VU employs over 1,750 research FTE and yearly more than 6,650 academic articles, monographs and books are published and more than 300 doctorates are honored. ‘Stichting VU-VUmc’, the legal entity comprising VU University and the VU Medical Center participates in 296 FP7-funded projects. Aging research is one of the top priorities; of all Dutch universities, VU University and VU University Medical Center harbour the highest number of professors working in the field of ageing and old age.