Research institutes

Institute of Data Science

Vast amounts of data being generated across all segments of society. If taken advantage of, these data offer an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate scientific discovery, to improve healthcare and wellbeing, and to strengthen our communities. Data Science is an interdisciplinary field concerning the scientific methods, systems and workflows to obtain insights from data.

Data Science has the potential to affect all aspects of human activity. We embrace this development and are preparing a new generation of data scientists, scholars and entrepreneurs who work in a collaborative manner to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.


Research at IDS focuses on: 

  • accelerating scientific discovery through powerful platforms for scalable, collaborative and reproducible discovery science
  • improving clinical care and wellbeing by developing a learning health system to understand the health of diverse populations and to maximise the wellness and health outcomes for individuals.
  • empowering communities so that they can learn what works, what doesn’t, and how to enact change to improve the quality of life for themselves and their neighbours

IDS aims to tackle impactful research problems through multidisciplinary teams involving students, researchers, partners, and stakeholders inside and out of the university. We aim to train the next generation of data scientists to be even more collaborative and interdisciplinary.


  • 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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  • Data Driven Society event

    UM and Dutch Embassy host Berlin Science Week event

    Monday, November 5, 2018

    Maastricht University (UM) is the only Dutch university to have organised an event together with the Dutch Embassy during the famous Berlin Science Week.

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  • Postdoc part of ESOF Panel on AI

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Amrapali Zaveri, postdoc at IDS,  was part of a panel on “Increasing Scientific Productivity through Artificial Intelligence” of the EuroScience Open Forum conference.


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    • You are all invited to the next Research Talk 'A Network Theory Approach to Global Legislative Action' on Monday 1 April from 11.00 to 12.00 hrs, jointly organized by IDS and the Maastricht University Faculty of Law!
      Our guest speaker is Nadia Banteka, Assistant Professor in International Law and Victimology at the Tilburg Law School affiliated with INTERVICT and a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School.

      The event is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. For all information and to register, go to
      #UMDataScience #DataScience

      A Network Theory Approach to Global Legislative Action - events - Maastricht University
      16 hours 13 min ago
    • Photo by Institute of Data Science at University of Maastricht

      Meet our new colleague and postdoctoral researcher Karen Zegers, who joined the IDS team earlier this month. She will work within the Health and Well-Being pogram of the VSNU Digital Societ (
      Karen has a background in Technical Medicine, Imaging and Radiation Oncology. She obtained a PhD degree from Maastricht University (Department of Radiotherapy / Maastro) on the use of PET /CT imaging for visualization of the tumor characteristics (e.g. hypoxia). She continued her career in radiation oncology as part of the Physics Innovation team of Maastro Clinic, with a focus on dose-guided radiotherapy. Her most recent experience was as a clinical scientist at Philips Research Laboratories Eindhoven, where she contributed to the development of oncology solutions for radiotherapy. At IDS and within the VSNU digital society program, Karen has the goal to bring innovative digital solutions close to clinical practice.
      In her spare time, Karen likes to do outdoor sports and spend time with her family.
      #UMDataScience #DataScience

      20 hours 35 sec ago
    • Photo by Institute of Data Science at University of Maastricht

      The Institute of Data Science is very excited to announce that we have established a new partnership collaboration with the Dutch Hacking Health Hackathon in Maastricht! During the healthcare focused hackathon, which will be taking place from 12 tot 14 April in Maastricht, our institute will be contributing a team of data science experts to facilitate participants in developing data-driven solutions to make the most out of the (clinical) data for the MUMC+ teams.
      The organising team consists of IDS team members Pedro Hdez Serrano, Vincent Emonet and Nadine Rouleaux as project lead.

      The Dutch Hacking Health is a national Health Hackathon initiative, and in April hackathons are organised in Maastricht, Groningen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Nijmegen, and Utrecht. Dutch Hacking Health aims to combine technology and design, and bring together healthcare professionals, designers, coders, entrepreneurs, students and patients, to solve the biggest problems and challenges in healthcare. For all info check

      3 days 20 hours ago