We are working towards a better world. We do this by researching complex issues beyond the borders of disciplines.

How we are working towards a better world

  • Meisje met koptelefoon

    Happy youth

    How can we help our children to develop into well-balanced individuals - in a fast changing environment?
    Dynamics of Youth
  • Uber Protest Portland

    Open and powerful societies

    How do institutions, the formal and informal rules of human interaction, contribute to the formation and flourishment of open societies?
    Institutions for Open Societies
  • Petrischaaltje.

    A healthy future

    How can we drive innovations in human and veterinary health care, with careful consideration of our environment?
    Life Sciences
  • People crossing a bridge

    Transition towards a more sustainable world

    What is needed to enable the transition towards a more sustainable society?
    Pathways to sustainability

Facts and figures

  • Cijfer 4

    Our interdisciplinary research targets 4 themes that touch upon large societal challenges

  • Seven

    Our 7 faculties collectively cover the entire scientific spectrum of research

  • Our 10 focus areas are testing grounds in which we connect fundamental research to societal tasks

  • We conduct cutting edge research into over 130 different areas

Working together in research

  • Overleg

    Increasing labour market participation

    What is the best way to guide people on social assistance towards participation or paid work? Researchers from Utrecht University followed social assistance claimants in Utrecht and Zeist for sixteen months.
    Knowing what works
  • Model om de ontwikkeling van gletsjers te voorspellen

    Climate change and AI

    For the first time, a research team has used deep learning – a type of artificial intelligence – to simulate the future evolution of glaciers at a regional scale.
    Climate change
  • plastinaat van een ontleedde rat

    Animal-free science next level

    Utrecht University students can now virtually explore every layer of the anatomy of animals using holograms. Smart innovations take our science to the next level, while reducing or replacing animal testing.
    Animal-free science
  • Young and happy?

    Are they healthy and happy, or are young people in the Netherlands stressed-out, binge-drinking smartphone addicts plagued by mental health issues?
    Well-being of young people

Sustainable Development Goals: Our research compass

World goals for sustainable development