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Faculty of Science

About Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is situated in the Bio Science Park Leiden and spread over various buildings; the Gorlaeus Laboratories, Huygens Laboratory, Oort Building, Snellius Building, Sylvius Laboratory and the Van Steenis Building.

Directly next to the Gorlaeus Laboratories the new Gorlaeus Building is being built, where all institutes and departments will be housed under 1 roof. The new Science Campus will offer a high-tech environment with state of the art research and education facilities. 

Facts and Figures

The Faculty of Science was established in 1815 and is currently home to about 1250 Staff Members, of whom about 140 Full Professors, 140 Assistant & Associate Professors, 175 Postdocs, 430 PhD's and 315 Guest PhD's. The total number of Students at the Faculty of Science is 3500, of whom about 2200 Bachelor's students and 1300 Master's students. 

The total number of Students increases gradually
We find it important our Students are succesful and graduate nominally. The percentage of Bachelor's Students who graduated nominally in the class off 2014/2015 is 52%.  For Master's Students that percentage is 43%.  In 2015 366 Students have graduated for their Propedeuse within one year, of whom 75 Students Cum Laude and 6 Students Summa Cum Laude.


Research and education is being conducted at 8 institutes. The institutes are Mathematical Institute (MI), Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Leiden ObservatoryLeiden Institute of Physics (LION), Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC), Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR), Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL), Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML). 

Faculty Board
The Faculty Board is responsible for the general management of the Faculty, as well as the administration and organization of the Faculty's teaching and research. The Faculty Board is supported by the Faculty Office.

  • The Dean is responsible for General Management, Human Resources Management (chair positions), Library Policy and Research Policy and is the head of the Graduate School. Prof.dr. Geert de Snoo is the Dean of the Faculty of Science.
  • The Director of Education Prof.dr. Han de Winde. He is also the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science.
  • Drs. Dirkje Schinkelshoek is the Director of Operational Management.
  • The Assessor is concerned with student issues. Maxim Allaart is the assessor.


Interdisciplinary teams of scientists work together with partners from the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Delft University of Technology as well as partners from industry and governmental agencies. The location of Leiden Science, in the middle of one of Europe‚Äôs most successful Bioscience Parks, enables close collaboration with life science companies.