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.

Anna Akhmanova
Meet Anna Akhmanova

For some diseases, there are no treatments available. Anna Akhmanova is Professor of Cell Biology. She studies cell structure in order to understand the basis of human diseases.

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.


De installatie Fungi Mutarium
7 October 2015
Fungi Mutarium shows how toxic waste products, such as plastics, can be converted into food by mushroom-forming fungi.
Gezonde aardappelen en aardappelplanten
6 October 2015
A receptor discovered by plant biologists from Utrecht University and colleagues can help crops offer better protection against diseases.
prof. Berend Snel
5 October 2015
Berend Snel is intrigued by the surprisingly wide variations in the DNA of plants, animals and humans. Friday, 9 October he will give his oration.


13 October 2015 15:30 -
With talks on the Dutch paradox in 20th-century health care and 17th-century philosophy of mathematics.
14 October 2015 12:45 -
Defence of PhD thesis Mariella Franker
14 October 2015 14:30 -
Defence of PhD thesis Steven Woudenberg
Onderwijs Bètawetenschappen

Faculty of Science