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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    • 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

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      The UM Data Science Research Seminar Series are monthly sessions organized by the Institute of Data Science in collaboration with different departments across UM with the aim to bring together data scientists from Maastricht University to discuss breakthroughs and research topics related to Data Science. Read more here:
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      RT @UNUMERIT: What do innovation scientists do? And what is the impact of science on technology and vice versa? Dr. Önder Nomaler and Dr. L…

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    • Last week, six Honours+ students - Léïa Bonjean, Liselotte Grönlund, Samuel Kopp, Marwan Mansour, Michele Monaco and Simon Stachelscheid - presented about their project at our weekly group meeting. These students form an interdisciplinary team as they are from different faculties - Maastricht University Faculty of Law, Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering Maastricht University School of Business and Economics - and have different backgrounds.Their research project is related to important questions concerning Green Energy: what is Green Energy, how can we define it and can we use data-driven methods to determine the different factors that contribute towards Green Energy? For all project info see students were supervised by Pedro Hdez Serrano and Amrapali Zaveri. They gave a fantastic presentation and are now preparing for their five minute pitch in May!
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      RT @ELIXIREurope: Today we're kicking-off @EoscLife! The kick-off meeting in Amsterdam brings together over 120 participants from 13 biomed…

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