Maastricht University has taken major steps in the development of almost all scientific disciplines, with the natural sciences and engineering forming the crowning achievement of the university’s current knowledge offer. The development of these two disciplines is driven by the needs of industrial parties in Limburg. The natural sciences include chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics and all its derivative disciplines. (These disciplines are often referred to as STEM*, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).


At UM, several research groups and institutes work on STEM-related topics. Researchers from different departments join forces to address the social challenges of the future, such as renewable raw materials that can replace traditional plastics, or the immense problem of antibiotic resistance that is going to affect us.