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.


  • Mathematics Centre Maastricht launches successfully

    Mathematics Centre Maastricht launches successfully

    Friday, November 20, 2020

    Mathematics in Maastricht? Why yes – for more than 30 years already! The recently-established Mathematics Centre Maastricht (MCM) is a first, however, and has already seen over fifty researchers from across the university join its ranks.

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  • CurCol

    Curcuma: from cultivation to biobased colorant

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    Did you know that we produce about 87 million tons of packaging waste per year in Europe? The good news is that a part of this is biobased packaging that is recyclable or biodegradable.

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  • Bert Kip on the NWO-AES board

    Monday, November 9, 2020

    Bert Kip joins the board of NWO-AES.

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  • marta

    An algorithm-mad surfer

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    In 2016 Marta Dávila Mateu, now a graduate of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering, moved to Maastricht, a city completely unknown to her. Her choice turned out to be a double-edged sword. She found the lack of skate culture depressing, but enjoyed her studies, especially the focus on the mathematics behind data.

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  • Microscopic image of coronavirus

    UM students dive into COVID-19 at the nano level

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Read more
  • tomatoes

    Healthy or sick? The tomato knows what to do

    Monday, October 12, 2020 Read more
  • Interior of a quantum computer (image: IBM)

    Maastricht University to enter quantum computing collaboration with IBM

    Monday, October 5, 2020

    Maastricht University will become the first Dutch university to enter the IBM Q Network. The goal of the collaboration is to develop the high-performance computation power required for two next-generation advanced physics detectors.

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  • brightlands future farming instituut

    Brightlands Future of Farming Institute: driving innovative strength in North Limburg

    Thursday, October 1, 2020

    Maastricht University is setting up a new institute to shore up Limburg’s innovative strength and contribute to the technological innovation that is needed to find answers to the major social issues in the agri-food sector.

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  • Building block

    Groundbreaking research project AMIBM starts in fourth package NWO Open Competition - XS

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020

    Maastricht University researcher, Jordy Saya, working at AMIBM is one of the 24 lucky ones whose research project 'Learning from Nature to Synthesize Peptides and Proteins' was honored by NWO.

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  • Food Claims Centre Venlo (FCCV)

    IDS researcher wins grant about food health claims

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    What can we learn about the health claims that manufacturers make about foods by applying data science?

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  • schmitz

    AMIBM: University collaboration at Brightlands

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

    Eighty years ago, DSM opened its central laboratory for fundamental research in Geleen. Now the old lab is part of the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. This coming fall, the Festival Feel the Chemistry will look back on eighty years of innovation and will also look ahead to the future. Maastricht University is one of the founders of the campus and is closely involved in the developments. It’s at the heart of the campus, as is the Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials.

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  • Judith Kamalski appointed as Managing Director BISS

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    Brightlands Institute for Smart Society (BISS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Kamalski as its new Managing Director.

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  • Dr. Steven Kelk

    Mathematics to help achieve bite-sized evolutionary trees

    Friday, September 11, 2020

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a KLEIN-1 grant to Dr. Steven Kelk. He will explore the mathematics behind shrinking the sometimes impossibly huge evolutionary trees.

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  • Grensmaas Project

    Crossing borders at the Grensmaas

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

    The Grensmaas project has been running since 2008 and is the largest river restoration project in The Netherlands.

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  • Virgo and LIGO reveal new and unexpected populations of black holes

    Virgo and LIGO reveal new and unexpected populations of black holes

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

    The research collaboration LIGO/Virgo, which leads global research into gravitational waves has presented another major discovery.

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  • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

    Data Science and Knowledge Engineering bachelor's programme changes name

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    As of 1 September 2020, the programme is named Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

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  • MASA

    First-year bachelor’s students rescue kidnapped professor

    Friday, August 28, 2020

    150 unsuspecting students took part in an alternate reality game last Monday. Within 30 hours of starting their introduction to the bachelor’s programme at the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering, they collectively defused a bomb and emerged as heroes.

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  • sips

    “I try to make the world a better place”

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Read more
  • Don't stop me now

    Monday, August 24, 2020

    Dr. Kateřina Staňková and Prof. Yvonne van der Meer each secured millions of euros in research funding during UM’s cyberattack. What was that like? And how does the post-Brexit, pandemic reality now affect them as newly-established coordinators of European research networks?

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  • Adipose tissue

    Publication in Nature Research

    Friday, July 24, 2020

    The framework of this research allows tissue cell type composition to emerge as a potential marker measuring homeostasis that can be utilized in prospective studies in regenerative medicine.

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Faculty of Science and Engineering in the media

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Klokhuis nomination Serious gaming

    Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs 2017

    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Together with artist Marie van Vollenhoven, Dr. Jerry Spanakis and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Weiss were nominated for the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs 2017 with their project The Infinity Games. The popular Dutch children’s tv show gives out the award annually (web page in Dutch).

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  • Reinout helpt de krimpregio's: Limburg

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Prof. Dr. Frank Thuijsman discusses KE@Work on Dutch Radio 1 (interview in Dutch)

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