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.


  • FSE student common room

    Maastricht University offers unique specialisation in Quantum Computing

    Friday, February 3, 2023

    Maastricht University offers unique specialisation in Quantum Computing

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  • Wolfgang Giernalczyk

    Wolfgang Giernalczyk appointed as Department Head and Programme Director of UCM

    Friday, January 20, 2023

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering has appointed Wolfgang Giernalczyk, as Department Head and Programme Director of UCM.

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    Multi-Stakeholder Ecosystem for the Co-creation and Evaluation of Medical Device Software

    Thursday, January 19, 2023

    On the 19th-20th January 2023, the first meeting of the interdisciplinary consortium of the European research project REALM, takes place in Maastricht

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  • ROBUST Consortium

    Artificial Intelligence programme ROBUST receives additional €25 million in funding from NWO

    Tuesday, January 10, 2023

    The programme, which will boost fundamental research in artificial intelligence through public-private collaborations, has a total budget of over 87 million euros. ROBUST will include 17 new labs across the Netherlands and recruit 170 new PhD candidates.

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  • Metabolism-based personalised diet better for health

    Thursday, January 5, 2023

    For the first time, there is scientific evidence that a personalised diet based on a person's metabolic profile leads to better health. This is an important step towards more effective nutritional interventions aimed at improving health and preventing chronic diseases.

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  • Thomas Cleij reappointed as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Tuesday, December 20, 2022

    The Executive Board of Maastricht University has reappointed prof. dr. Thomas Cleij as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Cleij will continue to lead the fast-growing faculty until March 2027.

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  • Why you gain weight after dieting

    Monday, December 19, 2022

    Why you gain weight after dieting? Edwin Mariman is a professor at Maastricht University (MaCSBio) and conducted research on the yo-yo effect.

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  • Faculty of Science and Engineering launches science communication training, support and funding programme

    Friday, December 16, 2022

    The aim of the Science Communication Incubator is to foster and support a group of researchers that bring science communication skills and knowledge into their teams. 

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  • Mark Winands

    Machines that can improvise

    Thursday, December 15, 2022

    Computers are already capable of making independent decisions in familiar situations. But can they also apply knowledge to new facts? Mark Winands, the new professor of Machine Reasoning at the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences, develops computer programs that behave as rational agents.

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  • Rennende kinderen

    JOINclusion: developing kids’ soft skills through a collaborative app

    Monday, November 28, 2022

    How do you teach children empathy? The new research consortium JOINclusion, launched on 1 May, aims to help increase social inclusion among children between 7 and 12 years old, especially in multicultural classrooms.

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  • University guide 2023 awards six UM bachelor’s programmes top-rated status

    Thursday, November 24, 2022

    Eight of the 23 bachelor’s programmes at Maastricht University (UM) that were assessed have been voted the best in the country. Six UM programmes have also been awarded ‘Top-rated Programme’ status. The rankings were published today in the university guide Keuzegids Universiteiten 2023.

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  • Nikola Prianikov

    From Ukraine to the international classroom

    Wednesday, November 16, 2022

    When the war broke out in my home country of Ukraine, I realized that this place - this friendly city in the south of Netherlands is quite possibly my new home now for the extended future.

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    CARBIOW project will help Europe to take the lead in energy and transport sector decarbonization

    Monday, November 14, 2022

    An extraordinary multidisciplinary and multinational team will work together the next 42 months developing innovative and sustainable processes to produce biofuels from organic waste with negative emissions

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  • Sciences on the Chemelot site

    Friday, November 11, 2022

    At industrial complex Chemelot in Geleen, education, knowledge institutions, business and industry meet.

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  • Plasma

    How a prize-winning computer model helped unlock the industrial potential of plasmas

    Friday, November 4, 2022

    This summer, Dr. Paola Diomede (Circular Chemical Engineering) received the William Crookes prize. The prize is awarded for major contributions in plasma physics.

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  • Sponsorship

    Sponsorship of iGEM MSP-Maastricht

    Thursday, November 3, 2022

    SHE sponsors the innovative Maastricht student-team iGEM MSP-Maastricht to tackle the problem of the availability of freshwater worldwide.

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  • A grocers' bag full of vegetables

    Maastricht researchers develop testing device for fruit and vegetables

    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Maastricht researchers develop testing device for fruit and vegetables

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  • britt van belkom

    “Mmm… carrots!” How to teach toddlers to love vegetables

    Thursday, October 13, 2022

    Teaching toddlers and pre-schoolers a healthy diet is not easy. But children are not preordained to dislike vegetables, say PhD candidates Anouk van den Brand and Britt van Belkom. The key to success: persist and reward.


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  • Center for Healthy Eating and Food Innovation

    Solving world issues through food

    Tuesday, October 11, 2022

    "In ten years more than a thousand students here will be working on social issues around agriculture, sustainability and nutrition," predicts Dean Thomas Cleij of Maastricht's Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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  • 'Gut is our second brain'

    Monday, October 10, 2022

    Our intestines are oh so important, but in science they get the short end of the stick. Microbiologist Koen Venema is doing research with artificial intestines. "They are the key to your health."

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Faculty of Science and Engineering in the media

  • Universiteit van Nederland

    Chocolate is the most widely eaten candy in the world. What makes it so irresistible?

    Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    Chocolate is the most widely eaten candy in the world. What makes it so irresistible? Two experts from Maastricht University share their knowledge.

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  • 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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