Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) 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.


  • AMIBM PhD candidate Carlos Andrés García Velásquez selected to attend the 2019 YSSP

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    PhD candidate Carlos Andrés García Velásquez, researcher at the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) is selected to attend the 2019 YSSP.

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  • bakir bulic

    “I’m a coffee fundamentalist”

    Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    Soul kitchen: a peek inside the kitchens of UM employees
    Bakir Bulić, director of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, still remembers being smuggled across the border from Germany to a refugee centre in Zeewolde when he was eight years old. He and his father, mother and sister Sabina were fleeing the Bosnian War. “The only thing I could think about at that moment was my mum’s veal schnitzel and mash. The thought comforted me, gave me something to hold on to.”

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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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  • Biobased sock

    Biobased socks from Sustainable Polymer

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Aim in their study was to develop biobased compostable socks from Polylactic acid (PLA), acknowledged as sustainable and eco-friendly is a biodegradable and compostable polymer obtained from annually renewable resources.

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  • Math/Maastricht, an alternative guide to the city

    Math/Maastricht, an alternative guide to the city

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    What do the Basilica of Saint Servatius, the bear pit at Aldenhofpark and the gate to the university library have in common? One: they’re special places to visit, and two: they all somehow remind Maastricht University’s math-oriented researchers of their work.

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  • keuzegids masters 2019

    UM number one in ‘Keuzegids Masters 2019’

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    According to the Keuzegids Masters 2019, Maastricht University is the best university in the Netherlands, a shared position with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 

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  • Thomas Cleij appointed as new Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Thursday, February 28, 2019

    The Executive Board of Maastricht University (UM) has appointed Prof. dr. Thomas Cleij as the new dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

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  • A knowledge agenda for a healthy urban environment

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    In the soon-to-be completed first phase of ZonMw project "Making space for health in the city: towards a South Limburg knowledge agenda", knowledge gaps were identified about how our urban living environment influences health. A whole range of methods was employed. Let's highlight two methods that were a bit more out-of-the box.

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  • Stefan Hild appointed professor of Gravitational Research; UM joins Nikhef

    Monday, February 25, 2019

    Maastricht University (UM) has appointed Prof. dr. Stefan Hild as professor of Gravitational Research. The move paves the way for UM to become a full member of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef).


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  • Philippe Debie

    Odd one out: student presents bachelor thesis at esteemed conference

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Philippe Debie is literally going the extra mile to present his bachelor thesis at a renowned international conference in Santiago, Chile.

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  • ICT4Life

    ICT care solutions for patients with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease

    Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    As part of the European consortium behind the ICT4Life project, Dr. Stelios Asteriadis and his group developed personalized care solutions for patients with neurodegenerative disorders.

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    GECCO – not preaching but doing sustainability

    Thursday, February 14, 2019

    GECCO is UCM's sustainability committee and their aim is to provide fellow students with green solutions to everyday problems.

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  • Lab Koen Venema

    Healthier gut flora thanks to food processing waste

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    Waste from the food processing industry can be used to improve the gut flora of people with obesity, according to the findings of a study by Carlota Bussolo de Souza, who received her PhD on the topic at Maastricht University (UM) last Wednesday.

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  • ENLEB Interreg

    Siemen shares his ENLEB experience

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Siemen Brinksma started as a researcher at UM for the ENLEB project. In December he ended his valuable research and left for a world tour.

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  • Penros and students

    The Road to Maastricht

    Thursday, January 31, 2019

    What would you ask someone who, in the words of the organizers, played a major role in the story of science in the last 70 years?

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  • teun dekker

    “The only role I can play is myself”

    Monday, January 28, 2019

    Teun Dekker, the political philosopher and first professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe, turns every lecture into a performance. The goal: reaching his students. Thursday 31st January he will deliver his inaugural lecture.

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  • roger penrose

    Sir Roger Penrose at the Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering welcomes Sir Roger Penrose, emeritus Professor of Mathematics of the University of Oxford, for a two-day visit to Maastricht.

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  • KE@Work - Cake

    Five years KE@Work, more A-team than Beauty and the Beast

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    What makes the KE@Work partnership unique, and which philosophy is behind the programme’s collaboration?

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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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  • thuijsman weiss

    Solid as a cloud

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    With his new project Solid, the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, tries to give users back ownership of their data. The internet hasn’t developed in the way he intended it. Data science progresses at a dizzying pace – are the people in the driver’s seat aware of their responsibility? We asked Gerhard Weiss, Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and Frank Thuijsman, Professor Strategic Optimization and Data Science.

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Sir Roger Penrose

The Road to Maastricht


What would you ask someone who, in the words of the organizers, played a major role in the story of science in the last 70 years?

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    • Photo by Foundation Programme Maastricht University

      Happy weekend. Have you been to this park in Maastricht?

      19 hours 23 min ago
    • Photo by University College Maastricht

      We hope that you have an EGGcellent long weekend!

      In the photo below, there are three hidden eggs. The first *person to spot all three eggs wins an Easter treat!

      *UM staff and students only


      1 day 5 hours ago
    • Photo by Maastricht Science Programme

      ♻️Micropolastic: A threat to health and the environment♻️

      In a first-of-its-kind study, a group of scientists at the EcoLab in the School of Agricultural and Life Sciences in Toulouse have recorded the daily rate of microplastic particles falling from the sky in the Pyrenees Mountains.

      The study found that more than 50 percent of the microplastics found at the station were fragments less than ⚠️25 microns in size⚠️; size at which it can enter the human body through the nose or mouth.

      Although there is no study that evaluates the health risk of microplastic particles it is known that they tend to be sticky and can accumulate heavy metals like mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs), ⚠️which are known to have health impacts⚠️

      Even less is known about ❗️nanoparticles❗️, which are harder to detect. They can have markedly different chemical and physical properties than the same materials at micro or larger sizes. For instance, they tend to be more chemically reactive.

      Lab studies have shown adverse impacts of nanoplastics on aquatic organisms, affecting their endocrine function and behaviour. It has also been shown that ⚠️nanoplastics cross cell walls in samples of human intestines⚠️

      For sure something to be discussed during the Ecology course.

      To read more: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/04/microplastics-pollution-falls-from-air-even-mountains/

      Microplastics are raining down from the sky
      1 day 7 hours ago
    • Photo by Global Supply Chain Management & Change -  UM - Campus Venlo

      #PlacesToGoinVenlo - Julianapark is the park that our students mainly hang out during summer 🏞 As the park is located just in front of our campus, students usually go there to enjoy the sun, play different games, listen to the music, study or read the book and do much more different activities 🤼‍♂️🤸‍♂️🤾‍♂️ The park covers large area between Burgemeester van Rijnsingel and Deken van Oppensingel streets. Except our students, you can see a lot of people hanging around in the park.
      Until the 19th century, the Elysium was located at this location, just outside the Keulsepoort. Different kinds of balls and shows were given for that particular time period. The park was built after World War II and certain changes are made in the structure of park during 1980-s. Now you can see the whole overview of gorgeous and chill park in the photo.
      Note that the weather will be above 25 degree during Easter Holiday! So if you are in Venlo, never miss the chance to enjoy the combination of the weather, park and holiday 🌞☀️
      We wish you to have a wonderful Easter! 🥚

      2 days 7 hours ago
    • Photo by University College Venlo

      Just enjoying the sun in the park 🌞 Starting from today the weather is going to be wonderful!! Up to 25 degrees till next Wednesday 🤩 How and where are you planning on enjoying the Easter break?

      2 days 8 hours ago
    • Photo by Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology

      We are currently busy planning the 4th edition of the MaCSBio Science Day.
      What would you like to see this year?

      3 days 4 hours ago
    • It’s Girls Day today! This day was initiated to raise awareness of the yet low number of females in a number of male-dominated jobs, including those in science and leading positions.

      From this perspective however we are pretty glad to have more than 50% of our students being female!

      Whatever path you want to decide for yourself, don’t let a dominating majority get you off your plans 🤗

      Yours, Johannes

      1 week 2 days ago