Welcome to the Graduate School of Natural Sciences.

The staff at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences wishes all new graduate students a warm welcome to their chosen Master's programmes. Your study starts with a mandatory introductory event of two days, during which you will get to meet some of the research and teaching staff, programme coordinators, and make new friends by meeting other students.

Apart from a campus tour and an introduction to the research that is done at Utrecht University, you will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops on 21st century skills and career networking. The student associations market is an excellent place to meet other graduate students and to practice your networking skills. A professional photoshoot to complete your LinkedIn profile completes this ultimate kick-off to your new adventure at Utrecht!

All new students are required to register for this introductory event and its workshops online via Formdesk. You will receive an invitation to register via email once you have been admitted to a Master's programme.

The schedule of the Master's introduction can be found below. 

8:30-9:00: Arrival, registration for students from abroad and other Dutch universities and coffee/tea
Location: Educatorium, Megaron

9:00-9:20: Opening and Welcome for new students(from abroad & other Dutch universities)
Education at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences
Dr. Annik van Keer
Location: Educatorium, Megaron

09:20-09:35 (only students from abroad and other Dutch universities) A personal impression of Utrecht University by an international Graduate School’s master student

9:15-9:35: Arrival, registration for UU bachelor graduates and coffee/tea
Location: Educatorium, Megaron

9:35-9:40: Opening and Welcome
Dr.ir. Frank van der Stappen, Chair of the Board of Studies
Location: Educatorium, Megaron

9:40-10:30: An intercultural presentation by Dr. Pauline Hormann

10.30-11.15: What scientific integrity is really about by Prof. Bert Theunissen en Dr. Hieke Huistra

11:15-11:20: Elevator pitch of workshops by Dr. Ir. Ralphs Meulenbroeks

11:20-11:35: Break, choose your workshop

11:35-12:10: College tour: Prof. Dr. Ieke Moerdijk, interviewed by Frank van der Stappen

12:10-12:30: Granting the masters thesis award and closure by dean Prof. Isabel Arends

12:35-13:45: Lunch with your programme director and coordinator
Location: Minnaert Hall

13:45-15:45: Master’s programme introduction including a student’s presentation about his/her experience (of going abroad) followed by a campus tour for foreign and non-UU BSc graduates. Tour stops at university library, student affairs location, study counselor, tutorial rooms, research labs, a.o.
Location: Buys Ballot building

15:45- : Optional: Campustour

16:00-: Optional: Programme organized by student associations. Meet your fellow students and have an evening of fun!
Location: Meet at Minnaert Mezzanine

Location venue:

Educatorium, uithof

Koningsberger Building, uithof

A map of the Uithof

12:15-13:45: Workshops round 1:

  • Presenting in English: Babel 
  • Intercultural: Dr. Pauline Hörmann 
  • Using LinkedIn to improve your visibility: Alex de Haan
  • Networking: Jacky Imvers
  • Transferable Skills: Remko van de Kamp
  • Excelling and differentiating
  • Honours Education:  Dr. Arjen Vredenberg
  • Quantitative Biology:  Dr. Can Kesmir
  • Education Profile:  Dr. Ir. Ralph Meulenbroeks
  • Complex systems Profile: Dr. Deb Panja
  • Applied Data Science: Dr. Marco Spruit
  • 9 steps to get connected: How to use the UU_IT services,
    a practical workshop (bring your own device!)

14:00-15:30: Workshops Round 2

  • Presenting in English: Babel 
  • Intercultural: Dr. Pauline Hörmann 
  • Networking: trainer not known
  • Transferable skills: trainer not known
  • Going abroad, why should I?: Science International Office
  • Using LinkedIn to improve your visibility: Alex de Haan
  • 9 steps to get connected: How to use the UU_IT services, a practical workshop (bring your own device!)
  • PhD workshop: PhD Council of the Faculty of Science Chairman Dr.ir. Ralph Meulenbroeks

16:00-18:00: Graduate School’s Games event
Location: Minnaert Restaurant and Mezzanine

16:00-18:00: especially for all physics students: Nobel Prize winner Duncan Haldane

Location: Educatorium, Theatron

18:00-20:00: Diner
Location: Minnaert Hall

Location venue:
Minnaert Building and Buys Ballot Building
A map of the Uithof