The four Life Sciences institutes at the Faculty of Science are among the world’s best, according to an international research assessment committee, earning ratings of excellent (10x) and very good (2x). “We form a community that encourages people to excel”, acknowledges Prof. Marc Baldus, Director of Science for Life, the collaborative effort of the four institutes.
Science for Life is one of the four sub-themes of Utrecht University’s strategic research theme Utrecht Life Sciences. It is a collaboration by the Bijvoet Centre for Biomolecular Research, the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (IBB), the Institute of Environmental Biology (IEB) and the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS). Over 100 research leaders are affiliated with Science for Life.
According to the review committee, each of the Science for Life institutes is ‘world leading’. Their output, both in numbers of publications and in numbers of citations, is extremely high. In the category ‘research quality’, the institutes all received a score of ‘1’ for ‘excellent’. This is also the result of the collaboration and cross-fertilization that is present within Science for Life, Baldus says. “We are a community that truly enjoys working together. And the real breakthroughs very often come from bottom-up collaboration across scientific disciplines.”