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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    • Both Pint of Science events in Bar Brutal, to which IDS contributes, are sold out! To make sure you don’t miss out, we provide a live-stream tomorrow evening. Join us from 7 pm and stay tuned to join us for the lectures! For all info:
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    • Photo by Institute of Data Science at University of Maastricht

      Please meet our colleague Pedro Hdez Serrano, who joined IDS as the first applied data scientist during fall 2017.
      Recently, together with Law-Techlab group, Pedro was granted a tender issued by the European Commission, which focuses on the transparency of AI in online markets, and a NWO Comenius fellowship, which aims to develop educational platforms for legal scholars to analyze case law from the Netherlands.
      Currently, he is the main data scientist of projects related to crowdsourcing optimization for supervised learning, damages calculation in competition law, energy transition measurement and cross-border company mobility in Europe.
      He has also contributed to carrying out the implementation of FAIR principles (, being involved in a variety of collaborative projects across different faculties developing data products such as automated pipelines, statistical packages and visualization solutions, as well as conducting data science Bootcamps, and workshops for non-data scientists (
      Pedro’s background is in industry, Actuary by training and studied a Master in Data Science at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico. During his free time, he enjoys exploring international cuisine and cooking his favorite taco recipes as well as spending time with his Dutch new family and his bunnies.
      #UMDataScience #DataScience #GOFAIR

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    • [Event] Registration deadline TODAY ! Sign up for the next #UMDataScience Research Seminar in collaboration with Aachen-Maastricht Institute of Biobased Materials on 23 May, 12-1pm. Lunch will be provided. See details: #DataScience #research

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