The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts a unique group of scientists and supporting staff addressing problems in physics, from the smallest scales of elementary particles, via the 'human' scales of climate dynamics, to the largest scales of cosmology.

The department has a long history of excellence in physics research and education. Today, we consist of about forty tenured staff which excel in research on topics such as String Theory, Cosmology, Hard- and Soft- Condensed Matter Physics, High-Energy Physics, Nanophotonics and Climate Physics. About fifty graduate and more than a hundred undergraduate students start each year in the broad Bachelor's programme and the four specialised Master's programmes.

The role of physics in society is expected to increase even more in the (near) future. The application of physical concepts and methodologies will remain important to drive innovations in industry. In addition, physicists will make major contributions to the development of research fields such as biology, sociology, health sciences and economy. As head of this department, I see it as my task to nurture and encourage current departmental strengths, but also to stimulate new, interdisciplinary research themes such as biophysics and complexity research.

I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the research, educational and outreach activities within the department.

- Henk Dijkstra, head Department of Physics


Institute for Subatomic Physics
25 April 2017
Publication by ALICE Collaboration, including 19 Utrecht researchers.
Onderzoeker Ingmar Swart, rechts, in het lab
25 April 2017
Physicists at Utrecht University have created a ‘quantum simulator’; a model system to study theoretical prognoses for a whole new class of materials.
prof. Guus Velders
20 April 2017
TIME has named Professor by Special Appointment Guus Velders as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


1 May 2017 14:30 - 15:30
PhD Defence of S.K. Jain
2 May 2017 16:00 - 17:00
6 May 2017 10:00 - 22:00
A brand new physics festival - for physicists and non-physicists - in the centre of Utrecht.