Facts and Figures

The Department of Earth Sciences is the largest academic Earth Sciences institute in the Netherlands, and among the larger ones in Europe. With over 175 researchers and PhD students we have established an international centre of excellence in scientific research and research training that actively contributes to addressing the challenges we face in developing a modern, sustainable society.

Below we present some key data on staff composition and student numbers. Note that the teaching programmes are jointly offered with our sister-Department of Physical Geography.

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Composition of academic research staff per December 31, 2021.
This excludes honorary staff and 55 external PhD candidates.

academic faculty (full prof / associate prof / assistant prof)55
research associates (postdocs)35
internal PhD candidates97

Gender distribution: female 41%, male 59%
Staff of non-Dutch origin: 51%

Input in research, distributed by funding source
(in percentage of total nominal research time over Jan - Dec 2021)

Direct funding (main)14%
Direct funding (competative)2%
Total 1st funding source ("direct funding")16%
NWO Talent programmes11%
NWO/NWA/NSO/etc. Science programmes21%
NWO/STW-TTW Technology programmes6%
Special programmes (e.g. Depth Strategy, Gravity)8%
Total 2nd funding source  ("research grants")46%
ERC Talent programmes17%
EU/EC Science & Technology programmes5%
Companies; Non-academic knowledge institutes;
Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy/RVO
Other, e.g. fellowships & scholarships9%
Total 3rd funding source ("contract research")38%

Registered students in BSc and MSc programmes per October 1, 2021.

BSc Earth Sciences467
MSc Earth, Life & Climate98
MSc Earth Structure & Dynamics98
MSc Earth surface & Water136
MSc Marine Sciences95

Gender distribution across all programmes: female 45%, male 55%
International inflow (across MSc programmes only): 24%