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Faculty of Science

About Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is located at the Leiden Bio Science Park. It was founded more than two centuries ago and currently almost 6500 people are working and studying at the eight institutes.


The Faculty of Science is spread over various buildings. The Science Campus consists of the Gorlaeus Building, Gorlaeus Lecture Halls, Gorlaeus Faculty Office, LMUY, Huygens, Oort and Snellius. The buildings Sylvius and Van Steenis are also situated at the Bio Science Park.

The new Gorlaeus Building is in full development. In the future it will house all institutes and departments under one roof. The Gorlaeus Building offers a high-tech environment with state of the art research and education facilities. The first phase of the Gorlaeus Building has been completed and it is in use since 2016. We are currently working on the design for the second phase.

Facts and Figures

The Faculty of Science was established in 1815. Late 2017, it was home to 2267 staff members, of whom about 146 full professors, 155 assistant & associate professors, 177 postdocs, 442 PhD's and 339 guest PhD's. The total number of students at the Faculty of Science is 4221, of whom 2678 bachelor's students and 1543 master's students.

We find it important our students are successful and graduate nominally. The percentage of bachelor's students who graduated nominally in 2015-2016 was 56%. For the master's students, the percentage was 38%. In 2016-2017, 449 students have graduated for their propedeuse within one year, of whom 78 students cum laude and 10 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). 

The Faculty Board 2018 - 2019, from left to right: Geert de Snoo, Marleen van Dorst, Dirkje Schinkelshoek

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 and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science ad interum in Prof. dr. Bart de Smit.
  • Drs. Dirkje Schinkelshoek is the Director of Operational Management.
  • The Assessor is concerned with student issues. Marleen van Dorst 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. 

Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH)
Leiden University is partner of the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH). This initiative brings together leading academic research institutes in the Netherlands in an open innovation network that responds to the theme: One Health. NCOH aims at an integrated approach for tackling the global risks of infectious diseases and sustainable solutions for major societal challenges in the field of animal and public health, healthy wildlife, and ecosystems.

Prof. Dr. Gilles van Wezel is co-director of the research theme Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) within NCOH and a member of the Executive Board. NCOH-AMR forms the basis for a high-quality consortium with top expertise in the field of antibiotic resistance. NCOH-AMR combines the expertise of Dutch knowledge institutions to jointly create solutions for the urgent problem of antibiotic resistance. Prof. Dr. Geert de Snoo is a member of the board of directors.

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