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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    • Only 10 days left to apply to our Post-Doc position on Distributed Data Sharing Technologies. We are looking for a highly skilled researcher to join our dynamic and vibrant group in Maastricht. You will be working towards improving data sharing and interoperability in healthcare

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    • Postdoctoral Researcher on Distributed Data Sharing Technologies

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      IDS is proposing new ways of sharing individual data, their ownership and re-use and needs a Postdoctoral Researcher on Distributed Data Sharing Technologies for help in this challenge! Check and apply before 1 September.
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    • Thrilled to recruit *3* talented individuals to our interdisciplinary Institute of Data Science at Maastricht University. Open to all ranks, come join our growing team to pursue new research and training in wonderfully diverse and collaborative environment

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