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!

You will receive an invitation via email once you have been admitted to a Master's programme. All new students are required to register multiple times during this event.

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

9:30-10:00: Arrival, registration for graduates from abroad and other Dutch universities and coffee/tea
Location: Building Educatorium, Megaron

10:00-10:10: Opening and Welcome for new students (from abroad & other Dutch universities)
Education at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences
Dr. Annik van Keer
Location: Building Educatorium, Megaron

10:10-10:30 A personal impression of Utrecht University by an international Graduate School’s master student: Albaraa Falodah

10:00-10:30: Arrival, registration for UU bachelor graduates and coffee/tea
Location: Building Educatorium, Megaron

10:30-10:35: Opening and Welcome by
Dr.ir. Frank van der Stappen, Chair of the Board of Studies
Location: Building Educatorium, Megaron

10:35-10:40 PHD student Anastacia

10:40-11.40: What scientific integrity is really about by Prof. Bert Theunissen en Dr. Hieke Huistra

11:40-11:45: Elevator pitch of workshops by Dr. Ir. Ralphs Meulenbroeks

11:45-12:00: Break and choose your workshop

12:00-12:40: Intercultural presentation by Dr. Pauline Hörmann

12:40-12:45: Closure by Dr.ir. Frank van der Stappen

12:45-13:30: Lunch with your programme director and coordinator at the Minnaert Hall

13:30-16:00: Master’s programme introduction
Location: Minnaert Building

Location Master's programme
MIN - 0.15 MBIM
MIN - 0.16 GMTE
MIN - 0.18 MSCM
MIN - 2.05 EXPH
MIN - 2.06 THPH
MIN - 2.07 CLPH
MIN - 2.08 NASC
MIN - 2.01 AI
MIN - 2.02 COSC

16.00- Optional: drinks Study Associations and Campus tour

Location venue:

13:00-14:30: Workshops and information round 1:

Location Workshop
MIN - 0.14

Presenting in English: Sue Brokmann, Andrew Walker 

MIN - 2.01 Using LinkedIn to improve your visibility: Alex de Haan 
MIN - 2.02
(and 2.07, 2.08)

Excelling and differentiating (Start 13.15!) 

  • 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


14:45-16:15: Workshops Round 2

Location Workshop
MIN - 0.14

Presenting in English: Andrew Walker

MIN - 2.02 Going abroad, why should I? Science International Office 
KBG - Atlas

PhD workshop: PhD Council of the Faculty of Science
Opening by Dr. Ir. Ralph Meulenbroeks

MIN - 0.15 9 steps to get connected: How to use the UU_IT services, a practical workshop (bring your own device!

16:00-17:30: Graduate School’s Games event
Location: Minnaert Hall

17:30-20:00: Diner
Location: Minnaert Hall

Location venue: 
Minnaert Building and Buys Ballot Building

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