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


Het basiskamp van de gletsjeronderzoekers op de locatie van zomerse smeltmeren. (© Nick Gillett)
2 May 2018
Meltwater lakes do not only appear in summer, Utrecht glaciologist Peter Kuipers Munneke discovered. The cause: warm wind.
Minister Van Engelshoven en de tien hoofdaanvragers van de gehonoreerde Roadmap-projecten
12 April 2018
The Faculty of Science is involved in four projects from the NWO National Roadmap Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure.
10 April 2018
The winners will compete in the Breaking Science 2018 final of 23 April


4 June 2018 12:45 - 13:45
PhD defence of Drian van der Woude
13 June 2018 14:30 - 15:30
PhD defence of Guido van Miert
27 June 2018 14:30
PhD defence of Fabian Hagemans