The Department of Physics 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


Laura Filion
25 June 2019
Vidi grantee Laura Filion wants to find out how a crystal 'chooses' its structure.
6 June 2019
The earth’s rotation has surprising effects on narrow, deep lakes such as Lake Garda, according to a new publication in Scientific Reports.
3 June 2019
Wired published an article with Raimond Snellings about the experiments on the gravitational waves produced by neutron stars.


8 July 2019 14:30 - 15:30
PhD defence of Siddharth Paliwal
11 - 13
11 July 2019 10:00 - 13 July 2019 17:00
Utrecht University will host an international conference entitled ’t Hooft 2019 - From Weak Force to Black Hole Thermodynamics and Beyond.