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.



    Quantum Machine Learning enters the fray in CERN’s LHCb experiment

    Wednesday, August 3, 2022

    In a recent article in the Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP), the LHCb collaboration reports the application of Quantum Machine Learning for identifying properties of so-called jets: streams of particles that result from particle collisions.

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  • Circular Engineering

    The new engineer seeks the balance between resources, environment and public opinion

    Thursday, July 21, 2022

    The new engineer seeks the balance between resources, environment and public opinion

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  • einstein telescope

    Preparations for the Einstein Telescope can continue

    Wednesday, July 13, 2022

    The Einstein Telescope will definitely receive 42 million euros from the National Growth Fund. The government previously granted the amount subject to conditions. With the definitive allocation, the preparatory work can continue.


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  • Nitroshrimp: From shrimp waste to biobased fertilizers

    Nitroshrimp: From shrimp waste to biobased fertilizers

    Friday, July 8, 2022

    A team of UM students from the Biobased Materials Masters, Business Engineering, Bachelors and Maastricht Science Program Bachelors was awarded 2nd place in the Netherlands’s national phase of Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E) Competition 2022.

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  • Marco Serafini

    Marco Serafini winner of Menno Knetsch Thesis Award 2022

    Friday, July 8, 2022

    The Menno Knetsch Award 2022 has been awarded to MSc Biobased Materials graduate Marco Serafini. His winning thesis was about ‘Sustainability assessment of biobased colourants for packaging applications.’

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  • Circular Engineering

    Circular Engineering: at the intersection of sustainability and technology

    Friday, July 8, 2022

    This academic year, Maastricht University launched the bachelor’s in Circular Engineering. New programme director Gavin Phillips and first-year students Maria el Kadi and Lea Dratwa discuss the how and why of this degree, which will help students to address existing as well as future sustainability challenges.

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  • Dr. Jessica Steinlechner

    Searching for signals in the new science of gravitational waves

    Monday, July 4, 2022

    Jessica Steinlechner and her research group at Maastricht University are making their contribution to discovering into the origin and future of the universe in the form of mirror coatings that will improve our ability to make such measurements.

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  • Kristian van Kuijk

    Giving a scientific push to cyclists at the Tour de France

    Friday, July 1, 2022

    Writing a thesis can be a lot of fun, particularly when you choose a subject that’s related to your favourite hobby. For Kristian van Kuijk, an avid cyclist, it’s even led to a dream come true. He’s found an accurate way to predict the energy burned by a rider during a race. The algorithm has impressed Team Jumbo-Visma, who are using Kristian’s predictions in this month’s Tour de France.

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  • logo nwo

    Four Vidi grants for talented Maastricht University researchers

    Friday, July 1, 2022

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded four experienced researchers at Maastricht University a Vidi grant of EUR 800,000.

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    First milestone for Brightsite Plasmalab: converting methane via plasma technology

    Thursday, June 30, 2022

    "The first project recently started, in which we convert methane using plasma technology. The exciting experimental part will now really begin”.

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  • Ten years Brightlands Chemelot Campus: Limburg's innovation engine for global challenges

    Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    Happy anniversary to Brightlands! In the space of exactly ten years, Brightlands Chemelot Campus has been working on global issues in the field of materials, biomedical innovations and sustainable processes.

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  • Madhura Rao

    Concerns about daily bread

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    In the Netherlands, more than a million people live below the poverty line. For them, it is not a matter of course that they can buy enough healthy and affordable food.

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  • Yvonne van der Meer

    Yvonne van der Meer new president KNCV

    Monday, June 27, 2022

    At the Annual General Meeting (ALV) on June 21, 2022, Prof. Yvonne van der Meer was appointed President of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society.

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  • Pim Martens

    The biggest animal lovers don't have pets themselves

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    No, the animals on the livestock farm do not have it best. But that applies just as much to many of our pets, says Professor Pim Martens in his book Animal Dignity. An animal that is used to living in a forest in Romania can't just be dropped into a flat in Amsterdam.

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  • sustainable education

    UM is taking steps to integrate sustainability into core course curricula

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    Sustainable UM 2030 has awarded three projects with a sustainability grant for education to further integrate sustainability into the course curricula. 

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  • What did the big bang look like

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  • Michel Dumontier, Ellen Narinx-Schrauwen and Mark Winands

    New ‘supergroup’: DKE and IDS jointly become Department of Advanced Computing Sciences

    Friday, June 17, 2022

    The new department broadly covers research and education in artificial intelligence, computer science, data science, mathematics and robotics. Over 100 staff members find their home in the new group, which is embedded in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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  • Sustainability of composite materials in the EMR region

    Friday, June 3, 2022

    This thematic was highlighted at the AACOMA Roadshow RS4 the 10 May 2022, hosted by the partner AMIBM at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen (NL).

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  • Kim Ragaert

    The new old plastic will soon come from Geleen

    Friday, June 3, 2022

    Will we succeed in changing the system of plastic production and waste? Professor Kim Ragaert laughingly says in this Dutch article in NRC that she is an optimist.

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  • What does it take to write a play? UM students found out

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    End of April, renowned Dutch theatre company Toneelgroep Maastricht offered UM students the opportunity to take part in a playwriting workshop, a Meet & Greet with actors and a visit to A Seagull, an adaptation of the famous play by Anton Chekhov.

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Faculty of Science and Engineering in the media

  • Cameron Browne

    Is this stone in the Thermenmuseum Heerlen the oldest board game in the Netherlands?

    Monday, July 18, 2022

    Is this stone in the Thermenmuseum Heerlen the oldest board game in the Netherlands? Experts from Heerlen and Maastricht differ in opinion.

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  • Was the dodo really that dumb?

    Friday, May 20, 2022
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  • Digital Ludeme Project in Atlas

    The oldest game in the Netherlands comes from Limburg

    Monday, March 7, 2022

    In the thermal baths museum in Heerlen, whose masterpiece is the remains of a Roman bathhouse, the remains of something resembling a game have been found.

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  • Walter Crist for Universiteit van Nederland

    What was the first board game ever played?

    Monday, February 28, 2022

    Dr. Walter Crist (Digital Ludeme Project) answers this question in an online lecture for Universiteit van Nederland.

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  • The R is in the month. Which vitamins should you take or not take?

    Friday, February 18, 2022

    The R is in the month, you are tired, pale and feel that you could use some help. At the drugstore a whole wall of vitamins is staring at you, but which one should you take now?

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  • Cameron Browne

    Digital Ludeme Project in Dutch and Belgian newspapers

    Friday, February 11, 2022

    Dutch newspaper Parool and Belgian newspaper De Morgen ask for Dr. Cameron Browne's opinion on a new archeological game find (article in Dutch).

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  • DKE - Digital Ludeme Project - Senet

    Digital Ludeme Project in the Middle East edition of WIRED

    Monday, January 24, 2022

    Article in English: Rules to these ancient games seemed lost forever. Then AI made its move

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  • Rico Möckel

    Smart robots on the insect farm: BNR Nieuwsradio

    Monday, December 13, 2021

    Dr. Rico Möckel and Kamil Bujnarowski discuss CoRoSect in a radio segment for BNR Nieuwsradio (interview in Dutch and English).

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  • Cameron Browne

    Digital Ludeme Project featured on WIRED

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021

    This AI Resurrects Ancient Board Games—and Lets You Play Them features Dr. Cameron Browne and Dr. Walter Crist.

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  • DKE SwarmLab in I/O Magazine

    SwarmLab in I/O Magazine

    Sunday, July 18, 2021

    The July edition of I/O Magazine features a portrait of the DKE SwarmLab and its members.

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  • 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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