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
Happy youthHow can we help our children to develop into well-balanced individuals - in a fast changing environment?
Open and powerful societiesHow do institutions, the formal and informal rules of human interaction, contribute to the formation and flourishment of open societies?
A healthy futureHow can we drive innovations in human and veterinary health care, with careful consideration of our environment?
Transition towards a more sustainable worldWhat is needed to enable the transition towards a more sustainable society?
Facts and figures
Our interdisciplinary research targets 4 themes that touch upon large societal challenges
Our 10 focus areas are testing grounds in which we connect fundamental research to societal tasks
Research and society join forces in 20 hubs to tackle key societal challenges
We conduct cutting edge research into over 135 different areas
Working together in research
Increasing labour market participationWhat 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.
Climate change and AIFor 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.
Animal-free science next levelUtrecht 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.
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?