Sharing science, shaping tomorrow
With open minds, open attitudes and open science, we join forces to create tomorrow’s solutions.

How we are working towards a better world

  • Twee bezoekers gaan in gesprek met een wetenschapper in een wijkbibliotheek tijdens Even over Morgen

    Open conversations about science

    In the fall of 2022 about 300 visitors of several libraries in Utrecht spoke with researchers from Utrecht University. Together they exchanged ideas and experiences about societal issues regarding upbringing, sustainability, health and freedom.
    "Even over Morgen"
  • illustratie van een vrouw die zonnepanelen bevestigt

    Energy of the future

    Where will your energy come from 30 years from now? Cooking with gas is no longer an option, coal and cement are long gone. We are on the eve of a true revolution. From electricity to heat, storage and transport: get ready for energy 2.0.
    Energy transition
  • Painting of a seascape

    Rising above water

    Sea levels are rising, and the rate of rise is accelerating. All over the world, many of today’s dikes, sea walls and flood barriers won’t be enough to hold back the water in the future. How can we minimise the damage and ensure people have somewhere safe to go when the water does come?
    Sea level rise
  • Dog walking in clinic

    New treatment for dogs with osteoarthritis

    Dogs with osteoarthritis benefit from an injection that delivers a painkiller with a long-term effect. For this research Marianna Tryfonidou collaborated with academic partners and companies.
    Safe and long-term effective

Facts and figures

  • With some 110 nationalities students and staff work and study together in an international environment.

  • Our students appreciate the many options available within our more than 150 Master's programmes.

  • Every year, 440 Utrecht PhD candidates obtain their doctorate.

  • 35000

    With over 35,000 students we are one of the largest Dutch universities.

Our people

  • Bert Weckhuysen

    Distinguished University Professor

    Prof. Bert Weckhuysen received the very first Chemistry Europe Award for his achievements in the field of sustainable chemistry and catalysis research. The innovative character, the scientific depth, but also the broad impact of his work are remarkable.

  • Portretfoto van Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga

    Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga


    How to do research in the field of medicine, food safety and toxicology without the use of animals? In her research and teaching, Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga focuses on guidelines and (faster) acceptance of alternatives to animal testing.

  • Portretfoto's van Raha Heshmatikhah en Pooyan Tamimi Arab

    Pooyan Tamimi Arab and Raha Heshmatikhah

    Assistant Professor and Master's Student

    How do Raha Heshmatikhah, a Master's student in Clinical Psychology and Pooyan Tamimi Arab, an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies – UU community members with Iranian roots – look at the situation in Iran?

  • Niki Frantzeskaki

    Chair Professor of Regional and Metropolitan Governance and Planning

    Niki Frantzeskaki focuses on urban issues related to climate change, from extreme droughts to floods, biodiversity crises and even serious public health implications. Collaboration is key.