Faculty of Humanities and Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS) is the incubator and home of several outstanding departments and prestigious institutions in education and research. Our scientists and scholars contribute to international education programmes at the bachelor's, master's and PhD levels and take part in innovative research in the fields of humanities, education, governance, sustainability, data science and natural science.


  • Freddy Troost

    Golden combination of commerce and science

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    The success of the master’s programme in Health Food Innovation Management was one of the critical factors in whether or not to establish a Maastricht University campus in Venlo. The graduation of the sixth class puts an end to any possible doubt. “We’re sticking around; we’ve proven that we have a right to exist”, says associate professor and programme coordinator Freddy Troost.

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  • MaCSBio - Science Day

    MaCSBio Science Day 2017: a big success!

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    The second MaCSBio Science Day was organized on 9 June 2017 at Maastricht University. This time the theme of the Science Day was: Extending Networks and was focused on fostering and expanding MaCSBio’s networks at Maastricht University and beyond.

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  • Food Innovation Awards

    Campus Venlo students on to finals of European food innovation competition

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    The three student teams from the master's Health Food Innovation Management (Campus Venlo) who dominated the preliminary rounds a few weeks ago, drew the first, second and third place in the semi-finals of the Ecotrophelia food innovation contest.

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  • MaCSBio Science Day 2016

    Michelle Moerel 2nd Science Talent 2017

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Michelle Moerel, assistant professor and researcher at the Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio), has reached a second place in the 2017 New Scientist Science Talent contest. 

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  • Liard Kranen

    Master Sustainability Science and Policy alumnus Liard Kranen wins waste innovation challenge!

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    In February the NVRD (The largest national waste management association of the Netherlands), the City of Maastricht and Maastricht University EDLAB launched an innovation challenge for solutions for the problem of dumped waste.

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  • Food Innovation Awards Campus Venlo

    Campus Venlo students win preliminary round European food innovation competition

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Friday 19 May, three teams of the Health Food Innovation Management master’s programme (UM’s Campus Venlo) took first, second and third place in the preliminary round of the Ecothophelia competition: a Europe-wide competition between student teams of both universities and colleges.

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  • Michelle Moerel

    Michelle Moerel nominated for New Scientist Science Talent 2017

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Maastricht University is proud of the nomination of Dr. Michelle Moerel, assistant professor and researcher at the Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio), for New Scientist Talent 2017. 

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  • Yvonne van der Meer lid van Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

    Yvonne van der Meer member scientific committee of the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

    Monday, May 22, 2017 Read more
  • AMIBM - Prof. Schilberg

    AMIBM hosts 2nd annual Applied Biobased Materials Conference

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    On the 12th of May, the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) hosted the 2nd annual Applied Biobased materials Conference (ABC) in the inspiring surroundings of the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen.

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  • Students UCV

    National Student Survey: UM scored well with regard to internationalisation

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Just like last year, students were generally quite positive about the Maastricht University (UM) study programmes. Fourteen of the seventeen themes showed increased appreciation compared to last year, with UM doing particularly well and scoring above average with regard to the new theme of 'internationalisation'.

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  • AMIBM - Richard Ramakers reveives the Ralf Raue award

    AMIBM wins Ralf Raue Innovation Award 2017

    Monday, May 15, 2017

    During the BIOMEDICA Life Sciences Summit, which took place on 9-10 May in Eindhoven (NL), the Ralf Raue Innovation Award for Life Sciences 2017 was awarded to the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMBIM).

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  • Biobased Materials - plastic

    Myth: bioplastics will solve the trashproblem

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Newspaper de Observant has published an interview with Associate Professor Yvonne van der Meer to bust the myths surrounding (bio)plastic

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    SURF subsidy for development open online services

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has selected the project ‘Leading to Success: SMART Choices and SMART Tools’, submitted by project leader Dr. Mindel van de Laar , for funding in a competitive selection process to encourage open and online education.

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  • Pim Martens

    On the huggability and emotions of animals

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  • brain umc+

    Research group headed by Elia Formisano reveals the human brain computations underlying real-life listening

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    New study published in this week’s issue of PNAS reveals the human brain computations underlying real-life listening.

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  • Minor Maastricht Science Programme feature image

    Maastricht Science Programme researchers and students develop novel assay for bacterial detection

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Researchers and students of Maastricht Science Progamme published an article in ACS Infectious Diseases last week concerning the development of a novel low-cost bacterial identification assay.

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  • Embryonic Stem Cell

    Interdisciplinary team with Gökhan Ertaylan of MaCSBio publishes paper in PLOS Genetics on stem cell cycle

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    In this work, the interdisciplinary team with Gökhan Ertaylan of MaCSBio, uncovers genes that are responsible for the pluripotency and proliferation of embryonic stem cells.

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  • ICIS and UNU-MERIT World Leading Institutes

    What Next for ‘World Leading’ UNU-MERIT & ICIS?

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    A committee of four Dutch and German professors gave the institutes very high marks for societal relevance, research quality and viability during an independent assessment.

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  • SSCAIT Logo

    DKE student wins Student StarCraft AI Tournament

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Martin Rooijackers (Master student Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering – Maastricht University) and his LetaBot took part in the annual Student StarCraft AI Tournament and won in both the student-division as well as the mixed division!

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  • Refugee evening

    Maastricht University hosts event on importance of education for refugees

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    On Monday evening 27 March, in a full auditorium of the Maastricht University administration building, various institutions presented the results of a unique and intensive cooperation to support the integration of refugees. Since the fall of 2015, these organisations have closely collaborated to support refugees in this region in finding suitable education.

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Social Media

    • Photo by University College Venlo

      After an amazingly warm week here in Venlo, some students don't feel like leaving the campus! God bless the air conditioning!

      17 hours 26 min ago
    • Photo by Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology

      Michelle Moerel was in the race to be the next 'Science Talent' of the Netherlands. The winner was announced last night in Amsterdam by New Scientist NL.

      Unfortunately she did not win. But we want to congratulate Bastiaan Rijpkema of Universiteit Leiden / Leiden University!

      20 hours 16 min ago
    • Photo by United Nations University-MERIT

      GPAC2 PhD fellow Brenda Yamba successfully defended her thesis yesterday about 'Evidence from Lesotho on Female Child Carers who Stayed in School'. Congratulations!
      Photography: H. Pijpers / UNU-MERIT

      20 hours 52 min ago
    • Maastricht University, Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering shared Taghi Aliyev's post.

      20 hours 56 min ago
    • The new MUNPOP (Maastricht-Utrecht- Nijmegen Program on Partnerships) newsletter is online.

      Next to a foreword by Pieter Glasbergen, the newsletter contains information on:
      • Final project symposium: sustainable pathways in agriculture: beyond certification.
      • Masterclass and PhD workshop on methodologies.
      • Workshop and symposium in Yogyakarta.
      • Pieter Glasbergen contributed to the second UNFSS flagship report
      • New publications
      • News from ongoing projects

      MUNPOP Newsletter 12
      1 day 1 hour ago
    • Photo by University College Maastricht

      The second edition of UCMx was full of thought-provoking speeches. Thanks to the speakers for sharing their ideas, and thanks to the organisers not only for organising the event but also for making it happen in our cosy courtyard. It was a great idea!

      1 day 21 hours ago
    • Photo by Master Biobased Materials

      Watch the second episode of Jules Harings' skills lessons “Nano-science and nano-technology: biopolymers and biocomposites” where our master students are reeling silk cocoons!

      1 week 17 hours ago
    • Photo by UM-mebit

      Proficiat, weer drie nieuwe masters Evidence Based Innovation in Teaching!!

      2 weeks 3 days ago

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