Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is home to several outstanding departments in education and research. Students and scientists contribute to education programmes at the bachelor's, master's and PhD levels and take part in innovative research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


  • ROBUST Consortium

    UM part of ROBUST: Trustworthy AI-based systems for sustainable growth

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021

    To realise the promise of artificial intelligence to contribute to today’s societal challenges, trust is a central component of the interaction between people and systems based on artificial intelligence.

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  • Rethinking plastic

    Rethinking Plastic House

    Monday, September 20, 2021

    AMIBM part of 'Rethinking Plastic House' to raise awareness for sustainable plastics.

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  • Brighthouse/Brightworks

    New Brighthouse and Brightworks buildings festively opened

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo has been growing rapidly in response to a fast-growing influx of companies and institutes focusing on innovation in the field of food, future farming, and the biocircular economy.

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  • erespeld Venlo voor Martin Paul

    Martin Paul receives city of Venlo's badge of honour

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

    UM President Martin Paul received the badge of honour ('erespeld) of the city of Venlo on 7 September from Mayor Scholten.

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  • tree

    30% of tree species worldwide threatened with extinction

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Read more
  • Cover ACS Energy Letters (Van de Steeg et al 2021)

    More efficient carbon dioxide splitting for sustainable fuels

    Friday, July 30, 2021

    Using renewable electricity and carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO) can be produced as a source of sustainable fuels. Researchers from DIFFER and Maastricht University have discovered how to do this in a potentially more efficient way.

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  • Can we trust cultured meat?

    Friday, July 23, 2021

    Cultured meat, meat grown from animal stem cells, seems to be conquering the world. When such a new product enters the market, consumers must be able to trust that it complies with all European legislation and regulations regarding food safety.

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  • Maaike_Gerritse_SB_MaCSBio_thesis_award_2021

    Maaike Gerritse wins MaCSBio Thesis award 2021

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

    The Systems Biology student Maaike Gerritse is the winner of the MaCSBio thesis award 2021. She won the award for her thesis on ‘Heterogeneity among trauma-exposed subjects; studied at the multi-omics level’.

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  • matilde_della_fontana_BBM

    Matilde della Fontana winner of Menno Knetsch Thesis Award 2021

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

    The Menno Knetsch Award 2021 has been awarded to MSc Biobased Materials graduate Matilde della Fontana. Matilde completed her thesis at the sustainability group of the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Yvonne van der Meer.

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  • ‘A new way of thinking’

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

    In the new bachelor’s program, Circular Engineering, students learn how to design production processes in different industries as circularly as possible.

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  • Quiet mirrors

    Quiet mirrors to discover our universe

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021

    Dr. Jessica Steinlechner of the Department of Gravitational Waves and Fundamental Physics (GWFP) was awarded a VIDI grant to develop mirror coatings for gravitational waves detectors.

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  • AMIBM researcher participates in a panel discussion with two Nobel laureates

    AMIBM researcher participates in a panel discussion with two Nobel laureates

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021

    Julia Jansing took part in a fascinating panel discussion on gene editing with two Nobel laureates and the chair of the German Ethics Council.

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  • ESFRI roadmap graphic

    Two projects with important UM input approved for European roadmap

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  • Einstein Telescope approved for ESFRI Roadmap 2021

    Thursday, July 1, 2021

    On 30 June, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) decided to include the Einstein Telescope (ET) in the 2021 upgrade of its roadmap.

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  • Jules Harings

    Expert: Jules Harings Universitair Hoofddocent en groepshoofd AMIBM

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    Jules Harings vond na zijn promotie een goede baan in de industrie. Toch aarzelde hij geen moment toen hij zo’n acht jaar geleden werd gevraagd om mee te werken aan het opstarten van ’natural science’ activiteiten aan de Universiteit Maastricht.

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  • Chang Liu

    A new life for eggshells

    Friday, June 4, 2021

    At EGGXPERT, a local startup, two waste products from eggs are put to use in the production of facial masks and wound plasters. Co-founder Chang Liu was one of the first graduates of the master’s in Biobased Materials at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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  • Prof. dr. Nava Tintarev

    Meet Prof. Nava Tintarev, full professor of Explainable Artificial Intelligence

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021

    Prof. Nava Tintarev joined Maastricht University in October of last year. She focuses on Explainable Artificial Intelligence, which has an important societal component to it.

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  • Extracellular vesicles for cardiovascular therapeutics

    Extracellular vesicles for cardiovascular therapeutics

    Monday, May 31, 2021

    In this landmark review, group da Costa Martins and collaborators outline the endogenous properties of EVs that make them natural delivery agents as well as the features that can be improved by bioengineering.

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  • A novel murine model for arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy

    Thursday, May 27, 2021

    Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) is one of the most common inherited cardiomyopathies, characterized by progressive fibro-fatty replacement in the myocardium.

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  • Therapeutic Delivery of miR-148a Suppresses Ventricular Dilation in Heart Failure

    Therapeutic Delivery of miR-148a Suppresses Ventricular Dilation in Heart Failure

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021

    In this study, group de Windt demonstrated that miR-148a expression changes dynamically in distinct subtypes of heart failure: while it is elevated in concentric hypertrophy, it decreased in dilated cardiomyopathy. 

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Faculty of Science and Engineering in the media

  • Lokalzeit

    Einstein-Teleskop für Region?

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    German TV channel WDR has made an item about ETpathfinder and the Einstein Telescope.

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  • Limburg wil het Mekka van de natuurkunde worden

    Limburgs aims to become the Mecca of physics (Dutch)

    Friday, March 12, 2021

    The Einstein Telescope, an advanced device for detecting gravitational waves, may be coming to the Netherlands. South Limburg is seen as one of the suitable European regions where the machine can be built. If the Einstein Telescope comes to Limburg, it will offer both scientific and socio-economic benefits for the region.

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  • Stefan Hild

    “I feel like Alice in Wonderland”

    Monday, April 20, 2020

    Professor Stefan Hild on the Einstein Telescope, Sardinia and the cosmos

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  • DKE on Das Erste (Europamagazin)

    DKE on Das Erste (Europamagazin)

    Sunday, February 16, 2020

    German national TV channel Das Erste (ARD) visited DKE to discuss how Brexit may impact European research collaborations and students (TV fragment in German).

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  • DKE - Ancient games and Artificial Intelligence

    Is this the original board game of death?

    Thursday, February 6, 2020

    Science covered a publication by archaeologist Walter Crist (Digital Ludeme Project), which spread to news outlets across the world including Daily Mail (UK) and Fox News (US).

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  • Ancient Origins of Modern Board Games

    Ancient Origins of Modern Board Games

    Thursday, December 19, 2019

    American station BYU Radio talks ancient board games and artificial intelligence with Dr. Cameron Browne for their show Top of Mind (interview in English).

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  • AI is not a panacea – but is helpful

    AI is not a panacea – but is helpful

    Monday, December 16, 2019

    In the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Prof. Gerhard Weiss discusses why companies can be reluctant about AI applications although they think it is a game changer in their domain (essay in German).

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  • Gideon Koekoek @ Makkelijk Praten

    Gideon Koekoek featured on 'Makkelijk Praten' podcast

    Thursday, December 5, 2019

    Detecting gravitational waves? Einstein said that it would be impossible because of the giganticly small scale of it. But Gideon Koekoek is doing research into gravitational wave detection...in your face, Albert!

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  • Jan Scholtes at Big Data Expo 2019

    Interview with Prof. Jan Scholtes at Big Data Expo 2019

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    Studio Data discusses text mining, AI education in Maastricht and the benefits of being both CSO of ZyLAB and extraordinary professor (interview in Dutch).

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  • Dr. Jerry Spanakis discusses the Law&Tech lab

    Law & Tech Lab on BNR Nieuwsradio

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Another feature on BNR Nieuwsradio: Dr. Jerry Spanakis discusses the Law&Tech lab. (Report in Dutch)

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  • Jacco de Vries bij 'Makkelijk Praten' podcast

    Jacco de Vries featured on 'Makkelijk Praten' podcast

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    What’s the matter? Everything! Everything is matter! Even the opposite of matter, anti-matter, is actually just matter. But then mirrored over in time, space and charge. Complicated stuff, but not for Dr. Jacco de Vries.

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  • The Digital Ludeme Project on BNR Nieuwsradio

    The Digital Ludeme Project on BNR Nieuwsradio

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    BNR Nieuwsradio’s show 'Wetenschap Vandaag' (‘Science Today’) spoke with Dr. Cameron Browne. (Report in Dutch)

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  • AI generates logos from whole cloth

    AI generates logos from whole cloth

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Cedric Oeldorf’s MSc thesis resulted in LoGAN v2: an AI that creates high-quality logos. Tech website Venturebeat discussed the preprint. (Article in English.)

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  • Chatbot DKE

    #MeTooMaastricht chatbot in the news

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Together with Dr. Jerry Spanakis, five DKE master’s students built a chatbot that helps victims of sexual harrassment. UK-based online tech magazine The Register discussed their preprint (article in English), which led to international coverage in newspapers Het Financieele Dagblad (NL), De Morgen (BE) and El País (ESP).

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  • KI als Schulfach

    Essay on the position of AI in Europe

    Friday, August 23, 2019

    Prof. Gerhard Weiss wrote an essay for the Sueddeutsche Zeitung: ‘KI als Schulfach’. What can policy makers and businesses do to ensure Europe stays competitive in the field of Artificial Intelligence? (Essay in German)

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  • Kateřina Staňková

    Kateřina Staňková in I/O Magazine

    Monday, July 1, 2019

    The July issue of the magazine of ICT Platform Netherlands (IPN) features Dr. Kateřina Staňková discussing her vision of the future: treating metastatic cancer with the help of mathematics. (Interview in Dutch)

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  • DKE - Ancient games and Artificial Intelligence

    Machine learning is about to revolutionize the study of ancient games

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    MIT Technology Review discusses the Digital Ludeme Project and the founding of a new research field combining AI and the study of ancient games.

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  • Kateřina Staňková

    Game theory increases the chances of surviving metastatic cancer

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    Czech university magazine Universitas interviews Dr. Kateřina Staňková about mathematics in cancer treatment (article in English).

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  • game theory

    Using game theory to treat cancer

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    Dr. Kateřina Staňková discusses using game theory for cancer treatment on Australia’s ABC Radio National (interview in English).

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  • Math/Maastricht, an alternative guide to the city

    Maastricht als hoofdstad van vlaai en van Pi

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    Regional newspaper De Limburger reports on our alternative city guide, Math/Maastricht (article in Dutch).

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  • Sir Roger Penrose

    De fascinatievolger interviews Dr. Ronald Westra

    Saturday, January 26, 2019

    De Fascinatievolger interviews Dr. Ronald Westra about physics at UM and discusses the upcoming visit of Sir Roger Penrose (podcast in Dutch).

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  • DKE - Digital Ludeme Project - Senet

    Een oud spel gevonden zonder regels? Deze wetenschapper reconstrueert ze

    Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Dr. Cameron Browne on the Digital Ludeme Project and his PhD research in Dutch newspaper Trouw (article in Dutch)

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  • infinitygames

    Onderzoek naar kunst verpakt in computerspel The Infinity Games

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Regional newspaper De Limburger talks about The Infinity Games, a collaboration between DKE researchers and an artist exploring whether computers can create ‘beautiful’ art (article in Dutch).

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  • Math/Maastricht

    Eerlijk delen volgens de heilige schrift

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    Column by Ionica Smeets in national newspaper de Volkskrant, based on a lecture by Prof. Dr. Frank Thuijsman (column in Dutch)

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  • Kateřina Staňková

    Ready Player One: Beating Cancer With Game Theory

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    US-based Fortune discusses the study ‘Optimizing cancer treatment with game theory’ by Dr. Kateřina Staňková and colleagues

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