Faculty of Science

“Our knowledge changes the world.”
Gerrit van Meer – Dean

Utrecht University's Faculty of Science stands for world-class research and innovative education. The faculty is the largest science faculty of the Netherlands and is home to over 4800 students and 1100 employees. The Faculty offers research expertise and opportunities across all departments, from Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Information and Computing Sciences to Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The Faculty of Science is world wide recognized for its excellent research. Among the bright minds of our faculty are a Nobel prize winner, Spinoza winners, ERC grant winners and of course we do all our research in close collaboration with social partners and the industry.

We believe it is a great privilege to pass our knowledge on to the next generations. The faculty offers a wide variety of educational programmes in both the Natural Sciences as the Life Sciences and we challenge our students to get the most out of their talents.

Cristiane Morais Smith
Meet Cristiane de Morais Smith

Cristiane de Morais Smith is Professor of Condensed matter physics and does "physics à la Picasso". She is not looking for precise answers, but wants to understand why a system behaves in a certain way.

Movies & Science

Studium Generale organises four evenings with films, covering themes that are daily work for the researchers of the Faculty of Science. Afterwards one of our scientists will comment on the film.


Dr. Frans Wiering
27 November 2015
Wiering will focus on the collaboration between researchers in the humanities and computer sciences and on developing a Digital Humanities strategy.
25 November 2015
Pieter Bruijnincx (Chemistry) has been asked to join De Jonge Akademie.
20 November 2015
More than half of all tree species in the Amazon may be globally threatened, according to a new study published in Science Advances.


1 December 2015 18:00 -
PhD defence Anne Franzen
Onderwijs Bètawetenschappen

Faculty of Science