Research at the Faculty of Science
With our research programmes, we aim to be international competition. In a number of scientific fields of research, such as organic chemistry, solid state physics, astrophysics, microbiology, cybersecurity (epi)genetics, and cognitive neuroscience, our Faculty of Science has taken a leading position worldwide. Our research has been brought under in different research institutes.
Finding and keeping excellent scientists does not only require investments from within our own unique infrastructure, but it also requires an intellectual climate in which top scientists bundle their expertise and work together. In the past decade, this strategy has proven fruitful: in the past 7 years, we have received 10 ERC Advanced Grants and 5 Spinoza grants. Also the NWO’s Gravity programme has led to significant successes. The number of researchers, publications in top periodicals and the impact of those, have been increasing steadily.
Meet the Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science possesses a number of unique research facilities, among which the High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML), the Free Electron Laser facility, the Greenhouse, and the NMR spectroscopy laboratorium, which all contribute to our successes. We also work with world class facilities abroad, such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (Genève) and the ALMA telescopes in Chile. All of our facilities attract many top scientists from abroad who use these facilities for their experiments.
Research activities that are aimed at the big challenges of our time, for example the challenges included in the EU programme Horizon 2020, require a broad range of expertise and input from various academic fields as well as various parts of society in order to be successful. Such multidisciplinary research is exactly what our research institutes are good at, and it is the keystone to our success in scientific research.
The external funding of our research has increased greatly and now almost equals the first flow of funds. This growth of external funds for research has remarkably stimulated the faculty’s research. Taking into the consideration the significance of the societal impact of our education and research, we, along with private parties, will use our expertise to contribute to innovation and a dynamic ecosystem in order to improve the economic and societal infrastructure.