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112 Partners in 24 countries in Europe and around the world

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

EPFL is an internationally top-ranked scientific research and educational institution on the shores of Lake Geneva. As one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, its trajectory over the past four decades is unparalleled—taking the lead in emerging fields of research such as bioengineering and energy technology, as well as expanding far beyond the Lausanne campus throughout Switzerland with satellite campus and international accords with other world-class universities.

The school is distinguished by the quality of its infrastructures, faculty and students. Close collaborations with the nearby CERN and CHUV University Hospital, as well as top faculty promise one of the best educations in Europe and the world. Its close ties to industry, reinforced by the presence of multinationals in the Innovation Park and the start-ups on campus, ensure that research and education at EPFL is in line with the needs of today's society. A dozen start-ups are born each year and numerous patents and industrial agreements continually catalyze the local and national economy while offering students pathways into the highly-end job market.

Today, the EPFL campus extends across all of French-speaking Switzerland, with satellite campuses in the Cantons of Neuchatel, Valais, Geneva, and Friboug. The school's educational and research activities span a large spectrum of science and technology with a focus on life sciences, microengineering, energy technology and basic sciences. 

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Olaf Blanke
Wulfram Gerstner
Pascal Fua
Sean Hill
Marc-Oliver Gewaltig
Pierre Magistretti
Henry Markram
Felix Schürmann
Anastasia Ailamaki
Yusuf Leblebici
Michael Herzog
× partner n 2 finland


Aalto University is located in the Helsinki Metropolitan area in Finland. The internationally recognized scientific achievements of the Aalto University, and of its predecessor TKK, are based on the vigorous interplay between basic research and in-house development of unique instrumentation. Aalto University's neuroscience and neurotechnology community focuses on systems-level functions of both healthy and diseased human brains. Sophisticated expertise covers subfields from sensory and cognitive functions to social interaction, methods development ranging from both general-purpose and neuroscience-specific analysis techniques to advanced computational techniques and network analysis, as well as strong command of imaging technology, with the top-notch research infrastructure at the centre.  The research community is remarkably multidisciplinary, with backgrounds comprising physics, basic and clinical neuroscience, medicine, biology, cognitive and social psychology, biomedical engineering, computational science, linguistics, economics, and even film studies.

Prof. Riitta Hari
Prof. Lauri Parkkonen
Athens University Of Economics And Business

Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) was originally founded in 1920 under the name "Athens School of Commercial Studies". In 1989 it assumed its present name, the Athens University of Economics and Business. It is composed of 8 academic Departments in the areas of Economics, International and European Economics, Business Administration, Marketing and Communication, Accounting and Finance, Management Science and Technology, Informatics, and Statistics.

It is the third oldest University in Greece and the oldest one in the general fields of Economics and Business. AUEB is a State University under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. Its main decision-making bodies are the following:

  • The University Senate,
  • The Rector's Council, and
  • The Rector.

The Research Centre was established in 1983, as part of the Athens University of Economics and Business, in order to coordinate and facilitate research by members of the University's faculty. In this capacity, the Centre is collaborating with other university institutions, public entities and organisations, private enterprises, international organisations and selected qualified individuals. The Research Centre is a non-profit organisation governed by an executive board formed exclusively by members of the University's faculty. One of the University's Vice-Rectors is appointed by the Senate as Chairman. The University's Departments appoint to the Board one member each. The Board is assisted by an Administrative Secretary who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Centre.

The Centre is devoted to the promotion of theoretical, applied and policy research in the fields of economics and management as well as of informatics and applied information systems. The Centre finances its activities by administering research and training projects which are funded by both public and private organisations, as well as by international organisations, such as the European Commission. It also receives research grants from the government and the University itself.

Prof. Vasilis Vassalos
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Centro Nacional de Supercomputación, BSC-CNS), was established in 2005 and serves as Spain's National Supercomputing Facility. The Center hosts and operates MareNostrum, the most powerful supercomputer in Spain. Currently headed by Mateo Valero, the BSC is a consortium that includes the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity, the Department of Economy and Knowledge of Catalunya and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). BSC-CNS's mission is to develop and manage cutting-edge information technology tools for scientific research. To further these goals, the BSC-CNS has brought together a group of over 250 Spanish and more than 100 international researchers. In 2011, the Center won recognition as a "Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence" for its major contributions in the area of computing and applications.

Dr. Rosa M. Badia
Javier Bartolome
Sergi Girona
Prof. Jesus Labarta
Bergische Universität Wuppertal
× partner n 5 germany

Bergische Universität Wuppertal

The University of Wuppertal is a modern, independent university in the Humboldtean tradition. As a university, it is committed to the search for truth in full awareness of its social responsibilities. A cornerstone of its ethics is that the pursuit of knowledge can only be undertaken by free and self-determined persons, and hence the noblest task of academic teaching is to educate people to the responsible acquisition and application of knowledge.

The University of Wuppertal is at the forefront of international research in various fields. At the same time, especially in the areas of training and transfer, it is aware of its regional roots. It sees its overall mission in the understanding and shaping of society, culture, technology and nature in their continuously changing forms.

The University of Wuppertal  seeks to educate its employees as well as its students to the highest standards, so that they can fulfill their future tasks in a democratic society, in teaching and research, and in their individual professions.

In this context it is a central goal of the university to develop future-oriented research and teaching profiles that are on the one hand based on established strengths in specific fields, especially interdisciplinarity and innovation, and on the other open to the ongoing issues of education, knowledge and research. The continuous growth of academic and scientific excellence in the framework of the strategic focus areas outlined below entails increasing activity in the development of national and international networks.

Prof. Andreas Frommer
Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem

The Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem was established in 1992 and is a recognized cultural institute of informal education and a center for scientific communication. The museum is a registered independent non-profit association operating under the joint auspices of the Hebrew University and the Jerusalem Foundation. It attracts visitors from every sector and every walk of life, and each year it provides educational programs and activities for more than 250,000  visitors among themmore than 60,000 students from throughout the country.

Mission statement:

To maintain a stimulating, informative, attractive, and up-to-date science museum that promotes the relevance of science and technology in everyday life and broadens its appeal to a vast and diverse audience.

The museum's aims:

  • Arouse the curiosity and interest of children, teenagers and adults regarding science and technology;
  • Support science teaching in schools from kindergarten through high school and foster the development of students who excel in science;
  • Bring science closer to outlying and diverse communities and equally to both genders.

The museum is an agent of change. It offers visitors access to science and technology, challenging them to think differently about the world. The museum is a dynamic, innovative learning resource for lifelong learning, featuring diverse ways to interact with up-to-date innovations and research, as well as with  basic principles of science and technology. Its expertise is in developing user-friendly, thematic, interactive and exciting exhibitions with attractive designs, with an emphasis on sustainable use of high quality materials, accompanied by educational and public activities related to the exhibitions (all materials and activities provided in three languages: Hebrew, English and Arabic).

The museum is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the European network of Science Centers and Museums (ECSITE), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and the European Science Events Association (EUSEA).

Maya Halevy
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

With over 32,000 researchers, engineers and technicians, CNRS is the largest European research organization. Its dynamic and ambitious international policy helps to strengthen its worldwide influence. CNRS supports highly-structuring projects — in particular through European and International Associated Laboratories, International Joint Units, European Research Networks and International Programs for Scientific Cooperation, which significantly contribute to its attractiveness.

As part of its constant search for scientific excellence, the organization implements a bold strategy in hosting high-caliber foreign researchers, postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students, so as to strengthen international collaboration and promote scientific exchanges.


In this respect, the proportion of foreign researchers within the institution keeps increasing, making up around one third of annual recruitments, mostly senior scientists of international repute.


Geared towards the creativity of its teams and laboratories, CNRS's human resources policy aims to support scientific excellence by facilitating the career development of its personnel. The policy's priorities are to ensure good working conditions, promote job and geographical mobility, provide specific training tailored for scientific challenges and offer personalized HR monitoring at the regional level. As a socially-aware organization, CNRS proactively promotes equal opportunities in the workplace and the prevention of psychosocial risks.


In the global context of increased scientific and technological competition, the particular attention CNRS pays to its people, who contribute to its attractiveness, remains one of the main features of its internationally-oriented researcher recruitment and hosting policy.

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Frégnac Yves
Destexhe Alain
Davison Andrew
Lavery Richard
The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford
Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and colleges. The central University is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries and museums. The collegiate system is at the heart of the University's success, giving students and academics the benefits of belonging both to a large, internationally renowned institution and to a small, interdisciplinary academic community. It brings together leading academics and students across subjects and year groups and from different cultures and countries, helping to foster the intense interdisciplinary approach that inspires much of the outstanding research achievement of the University and makes Oxford a leader in so many fields. Within the University, the Medical Sciences Division is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for biomedical and clinical research and teaching, and the largest academic division. World-leading programmes, housed in state-of-the-art facilities, cover the full range of scientific endeavour from the molecule to the population. With NHS partners the Division also fosters the highest possible standards in patient care.
Prof. Chris Ponting
Commissariat a l energie atomique et aux energies alternatives

The CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). It is a public body established in October 1945 by General de Gaulle. A leader in research, development and innovation, the CEA mission statement has two main objectives: To become the leading technological research organization in Europe and to ensure that the nuclear deterrent remains effective in the future. The CEA is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research.

Dehaene Ghislaine
Dehaene Stanislas
Mangin Jean-François
Pinel Philippe
Poupon Cyril
Dehaene Stanislas
Pallier Christophe
Sigman Mariano
Consorzio Interuniversitario Cineca

CINECA, established in 1969, is a non-profit consortium of 67 Italian Universities, the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), the National Research Council (CNR), and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

CINECA is the national supercomputing facility, one of the largest in Europe; its HPC infrastructure is equipped with cutting-edge technology and it offers highly-qualified personnel which cooperates with researchers and customers for the most effective exploitation of the HPC systems, in both the academic and industrial fields.

SCAI (SuperComputing Applications and Innovation) is the CINECA High Performance Computing department. The mission of SCAI is to accelerate the scientific discovery by providing high performance computing resources, data management and storage systems and tools and HPC services and expertise at large, aiming to develop and promote technical and scientific services related to high-performance computing for the Italian and European research community.

The current HPC infrastructure offers an IBM BG/Q, FERMI, (10 Frames, 163840 cores with 1GB RAM per core and a peak performance of 2 PFlop/s) ranked 12 in June 2013 Top500) and a PLX hybrid cluster Linux (3288 cores Intel Westmere with 14 TB RAM and 548 GPUs nVIDIA m2070 with a peak performance of 293 TFlop/s).

The SCAI staff offers support and consultancy in HPC tools and techniques and in several scientific domains, such as physics, particle physics, material sciences, chemistry. The staff has a long experience in cooperating with the researchers in parallelizing, enabling and scaling up their applications in different computational disciplines, covering condensed matter physics, astrophysics, geophysics, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics and bioinformatics, but also "non-traditional" ones, such as biomedicine, archaeology and data-mining. 

Dr. Giovanni Erbacci
De Montfort University
× partner n 11 united kingdom

De Montfort University

Based in Leicester, in the heart of England, De Montfort University is a university of quality and distinctiveness and its contribution to the world around it is significant: the University boosts the UK economy by £389 million each year and creates more than 12,000 jobs.

DMU boasts 13 National Teaching Fellows, UK higher education's most prestigious teaching awards. This is one of the highest numbers awarded to any university since the scheme began in 2000. In addition to this, more than 170 courses are professionally accredited. Four faculties offer 400 diverse undergraduate and postgraduate subjects, with full-time, part-time and distance learning options offering flexibility.

The university's pioneering research, driven by over 1,000 research students and supported by 500 staff, is internationally renowned and addresses some of the most critical issues affecting the world. Demonstrating the significance of this work, three key pieces of research are listed among the UK's top 100 projects that will have a profound impact on the future, including Professor Joan Taylor's revolutionary work to develop an artificial pancreas

Bernd Carsten Stahl
Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tuebingen

The University of Tübingen is one of Europe's oldest universities, founded in 1477. There are some 28,500 German and international students studying in Tübingen; some 450 professors and more than 4000 other academic staff teach at the University's seven faculties. The latest chapter of the University's history is marked by its success in the German federal and state government's Excellence Initiative, making Tübingen one of Germany's eleven universities in the top "Excellent" class. The University specializes in a number of innovative fields of research: Neuroscience, Clinical Imaging, Translational Immunology and Cancer Research, Microbiology and Infection Research, Molecular Biology of Plants, Environmental and Geoscience, Astrophysics and Elementary Particle Physics, Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology, Archaeology and Anthropology, Language and Cognition, Education and the Media. More than 280 courses are on offer. The University is open to the international exchange of academics and students. The University has partnerships with more than 150 educational institutions in 45 countries, particularly in North America, Asia and Latin America, as well as with all the countries in Europe. Some 12.6 percent of students in Tübingen come from abroad, and many of the University's German students pursue part of their studies in another country. 

Jan Born
Martin Giese
Ecole Normale Superieure
× partner n 13 france

Ecole Normale Superieure

The École normale supérieure (ENS) is an elite higher education institution (graduate school) for advanced undergraduate and graduate studies, and a prestigious French research center. It encompasses fourteen teaching and research departments, spanning the main humanities, sciences and disciplines. Unique among France's grandes écoles for its training in the humanities and sciences, the ENS prepares its students for their role as future leaders in every imaginable professional field: in research, media, public service and private industry.

Antoine Triller
Ernst Struengmann Institute
× partner n 14 germany

Ernst Struengmann Institute

The Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society is an independent, non-profit research institute. It was founded on September 12, 2008, and is financed by the Ernst Strüngmann Foundation of Drs. Andreas and Thomas Strüngmann.

The ESI is under the scientific governance of the Max Planck Society with the mission to perform excellent fundamental brain research. ESI research focuses on understanding how the many parts of the brain work together. 

Pascal Fries
ETHZ Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich) was founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1854 with the stated mission to educate engineers and scientists, serve as a national centre of excellence in science and technology and provide a hub for interaction between the scientific community and industry. Founded in 1991, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) is an autonomous unit of ETH Zürich) and it is located in Lugano, in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. CSCS partners with Swiss universities and research institutions on all issues related to high performance computing. Headed by Thomas Schulthess, CSCS provides scientists with the computing infrastructure and expertise they need, from cutting-edge supercomputers to a full range of services delivered by an international fifty-person team. CSCS also caters for users from business and industry and works with the world's leading computing centres and hardware manufacturers to guide and develop the state of the art.

John Biddiscombe
Colin McMurtrie
Thomas Schulthess
Fonden Teknologirådet
× partner n 16 denmark

Fonden Teknologirådet

The Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DBT) is located in the center of Copenhagen and is the parliamentary technology assessment institution of Denmark. It is an independent, nonprofit, common good foundation committed to technology assessment, foresight and knowledge-based decision-making. The DBT works with local, regional, national as well as international perspectives. It specialises in interactive methodologies, involving trans disciplinary research, stakeholder involvement, citizen participation, political deliberation and advice, and public communication. Especially in the domain of stakeholder and citizen consultation, connected to policy analysis, the DBT aims at being at the forefront of praxis.

The DBT is working under the subproject SP12 ‘Ethics and Society' of the Human Brain Project. 

The DBT is coordinator and initiator of the global citizen participation projects World Wide Views, which in 2009 involved citizen meetings in 38 countries on Global Warming and in 2012 citizen meetings in 25 countries on Biodiversity. 

Lars Klüver
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
× partner n 17 germany

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues cutting-edge research addressing the pressing issues in the fields of energy and the environment, health, and information technology. With its competence in materials science and simulation, and its expertise in physics, nanotechnology and information technology, as well as in the biosciences and brain research, Jülich is developing the basis for the key technologies of tomorrow. With more than 5,000 employees, Jülich is one of the large interdisciplinary research centers in Europe. Within the Human Brain Project, experts from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) coordinate the development of a High-Performance Computing Platform that will provide the supercomputing and data management hard- and software capabilities necessary to simulate models of a complete human brain. Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich's Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) contribute fundamental neurobiological information that will serve as a spatial reference system for the human brain. Furthermore, INM scientists work on the interface between neuroscience and simulation technology, investigating large-scale neural networks, and on methods for the analysis of multi-channel activity data from experiments.

Katrin Amunts
Markus Axer
Karl Zilles
Abigail Morrison
Sonja Grün
Karl Zilles
Markus Diesmann
Thomas Lippert
Bernd Mohr
Ralph Niederberger
Boris Orth
Klaus Wolkersdorfer
Dirk Pleiter
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Fraunhofer is Europe's largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people's needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people's lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas. In short, we forge the future.

The Mission Statement reflects the chief outline of our activities. It defines how we perceive the fundamental purpose of our work and our responsibilities toward our staff and society. From this statement, we have derived a four-part definition of our Values and Principal Objectives. Together, they form the Guiding Principles of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

  • The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft promotes and conducts applied research in an international context to benefit private and public enterprise and is an asset to society as a whole.
  • By developing technological innovations and novel systems solutions for their customers, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their region, throughout Germany and in Europe. Their research activities are aimed at promoting the economic development of our industrial society, with particular regard for social welfare and environmental compatibility. 
  • As an employer, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft offers a platform that enables its staff to develop the necessary professional and personal skills that will enable them to assume positions of responsibility within their institute, in industry and in other scientific domains.
Michael Griebel
Oswin Ehrmann

The Champalimaud Foundation (CF), based in Lisbon, Portugal, is an international organisation that aims to stimulate novel theoretical and practical methodologies by utilising the experience of both research scientists and medical practitioners. The foundation supports individual researchers and research teams working at the cutting edge of biomedical science. By supporting these active research programmes, The Champalimaud Foundation intends to stimulate further clinical research, particularly in the non-profit sector. By doing so, the Foundation aspires to make a significant contribution to reducing the global burden of illness and disease. The Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP) was created in 2007 through a collaborative agreement between the Champalimaud Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. It is a basic-research team with the broad aim of understanding brain function through integrative biological approaches. CNP laboratories apply advanced molecular, physiological and imaging techniques to elucidate the function of neural circuits and systems in animal models that include Drosophila, mouse, rat and zebrafish. The CNP is based at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU). The CCU is a multidisciplinary centre for neuroscience and translational cancer research and clinical practice. The Centre contains state-of-the-art facilities for basic and clinical research that hold cutting edge technological tools and equipment. The CNP also organises the International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme. In this programme students are provided with a broad educational background through both formal classes and hands-on experience in basic topics of contemporary neuroscience such as cellular and synaptic physiology, sensation and action and cognitive neuroscience. Quantitative approaches are emphasised and students also receive background courses in mathematics and programming.

Rui Costa
German Research School for Simulation Sciences GmbH

The German Research School for Simulation Sciences is a joint graduate school of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Our aim is to train the next generation of computational scientists and engineers. Combining the specific strengths of our founders in the fields of science, engineering, and high-performance computing in an unprecedented, synergistic manner, we provide a unique environment for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and education in the applications and methods of simulation in science and engineering. Equipped with dedicated modern facilities in Aachen and on the Jülich campus, and privileged access to world-class computing and visualization resources, the mission of our school is to offer advanced interdisciplinary graduate training programs. 

These comprise a Master's as well as a doctoral program. Our four laboratories, two in Aachen, two in Jülich, offer a wide range of research opportunities. Furthermore, about 40 research groups and institutes in Aachen and Jülich are associated with the German Research School and are currently involved in research with intensive use of computer simulation techniques. Simultaneously, the scientists make great efforts to advance existing methods and to develop new techniques and simulation tools. All research groups have access to the most advanced computing equipment like massively parallel supercomputers or advanced visualization methods. 

The German Research School for Simulation Sciences has been officially founded end of October 2007 in the legal form of a GmbH (limited liability company) by the two partners RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. We are funded in equal parts by the following five partners:

• Federal Republic of Germany (BMBF)
• Federal State of North Rhine-Westfalia (MIWFT)
• Helmholtz Association
• RWTH Aachen University
• Forschungszentrum Jülich

Paolo Carloni
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
× partner n 21 israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel's first university, is a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research, where intellectual pioneering, cutting-edge scientific discovery, and a passion for learning flourish. Research and creativity have always been the cornerstone of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since its inception in 1928.  For over 80 years, Hebrew University researchers have not only carried out outstanding basic research, but have also responded to the needs of society. The University is justly proud of its position at the cutting edge of world science. Its researchers publish widely in leading international scientific and scholarly journals, conduct collaborative research projects with noted scholars from other countries and compete successfully for research grants from international and national funding sources (NIH, DFG, EU, Human Frontier, ERC, Howard Hughes, ISF).The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked among the top universities in the world in two comprehensive surveys conducted by The Times Higher Education Supplement of London and Shanghai University. In The Times listings of the world's 100 top universities in specific academic fields, the Hebrew University was ranked 43rd place in the arts and humanities;  44th in social sciences, 52nd in science, and 63rd in biomedicine. Shanghai University ranked the Hebrew University  65th from among 1000 institutions surveyed. Funding of more than $107 million supports 4,500 research projects in progress. Within the framework of these projects, 45% of all the student body (24,000) are graduate students and are working towards advanced degrees, gaining invaluable experience as the project leaders of tomorrow. The University has educated and trained thousands of students - 28% of all doctoral candidates in Israel are enrolled at the Hebrew University- providing the skilled manpower needed for many aspects of Israel's development.

Idan Segev
Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf was founded in 1965. It has five faculties and more than 20,000 students. It is home to the C. and O. Vogt Institute of Brain Research and the Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology. The Vogt Institute is one of the major German centres of neuroscience, housing 200,000 histological brain sections collected by the Vogts and other unique collections, including brains of humans, great apes and non-human primates and other mammals. The JuBrain atlas, a cytoarchitectonic probabilistic atlas of brain areas, developed together with partners at Jülich, is based on this collection. The Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology uses a translational approach to understand brain structure, function and connectivity through MRI and electrophysiological methods.

Simon Eickhoff
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois
× partner n 23 switzerland

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois

The Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV: «Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois ») is one of the five university hospitals in Switzerland. With its 13 clinical and medico-technical departments and their numerous services, the CHUV is renowned for its academic achievements in health care, research, and teaching. It provides state of the art general and specialist medical care thanks to a dedicated team of leading consultants of highest international standing. The CHUV is also a well known center of medical education and research in collaboration with the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Together, these institutions form a vast campus in the Lake Geneva region.

The CHUV counts about 9'300 collaborators from 114 different nationalities. More than 45'000 patients/year are hospitalized and more than 2'800 daily patients are welcomed for management in an outpatient setting.

The CHUV provides a wide range of health services across a broad range of specialties. Cardio-vascular issues together with oncology, neuroscience, bioengineering and immunology have been identified among a number of priority areas in which the CHUV is actively acting to promote health, teaching and research.

SP8 SP11 SP13
Bogdan Draganski
Richard Frackowiak
Ferath Kherif
× partner n 24 germany


The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) is a private, non-profit research institute of the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

It concentrates on basic research in data-driven fields, with huge amounts of data to be processed and structured. HITS currently comprises ten interdisciplinary research groups from various fields of life sciences, mathematics, scientific databases, and astrophysics. The research groups in the life science fields use mathematical methods and computer simulations to deal with biological and medical topics from areas like theoretical biochemistry and molecular biomechanics. One objective of the institute is to raise awareness among the general public about the importance of the so-called 4th Paradigm of scientific endeavor, Data-Driven Science. More than 100 researchers from 20 countries work at HITS.

HITS gGmbH is jointly managed by Klaus Tschira and Andreas Reuter.

Rebecca Wade
Institut de Cerveau et de Moelle Epiniere Fondation

The ICM Brain and Spine Institute is a one-of-a-kind, international center for scientific excellence that adopts a transversal, multidisciplinary approach to responding to the pressing public health challenges posed by diseases and disorders of the brain and spinal cord. The Institute's objective is to promote the rapid discovery of treatments for conditions of the central nervous system and to make them available to patients as quickly as possible.

The ICM is located at the heart of La Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris – the birthplace of modern Neurology.  Its unique model of governance relies on international partnerships across the public, private and academic sectors, an excellency-based recruitment process, collaboration with industry actors, and an emphasis on the clinical application of research findings.

The ICM is part of a global network that brings together the world's most reputable centers for Neuroscience to lead joint research programs.

The Institute's team works daily to prevent and treat neurological diseases and disorders, from repairing injury by rebuilding neuronal circuits to diminishing or eliminating memory loss, language difficulties, pain, anxiety, depression, etc.

The ICM's revolutionary approach enables its various research teams to work both independently and interconnectedly in the framework of interdisciplinary research programs. This encourages scientific creativity, effective communication and the crucial pooling of skills. Indeed, the ICM building was conceived by architect, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, to facilitate such collaboration.

The Institute is also unique in that it regroups patients, doctors, and researchers together in one place, shortening the time it takes to transform basic research findings into applicable new therapies, to the patients' greatest benefit.

Mathias Pessiglione
Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique

Public science and technology institution established in 1967, Inria is the only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, Inria's 3,449 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future.

Educated at leading international universities, they creatively integrate basic research with applied research and dedicate themselves to solving real problems, collaborating with the main players in public and private research in France and abroad and transferring the fruits of their work to innovative companies. The researchers at Inria published over 4,500 articles in 2013. They are behind over 270 active patents and 110 start-ups. In 2013, Inria's budget came to 235 million euros, 25% of which represented its own resources.

Bertrand Thirion
Oliver Faugeras
Institut Pasteur
× partner n 27 france

Institut Pasteur

Institut Pasteur is a non-profit private foundation focusing on: Research, Education and Training, and Public Health activities. It is recognized worldwide as a leader in infectious diseases research and is ranked as a top-level institution for publication impact in the field of microbiology.

Institut Pasteur hosts almost 2800 individuals including approximately 600 tenured scientists, as well as numerous PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. It also hosts skilled dedicated engineers and technicians, as well as administrative staff. Several renowned scientists, including the Supervisors, have contributed to the international visibility of Institut Pasteur through their scientific activity and obtained numerous international prestigious prizes and awards. The Institut Pasteur hosts 130 Laboratories organised in 10 thematic Departments. Its organisation allows the fruitful multidisciplinary interactions and collaborations. The Institut Pasteur launched the international call for the excellent candidates wishing to create junior research groups ("5 years Groups"). The Institut Pasteur supports the trans-national mobility of the researchers and the career evolution through scientific excellence, toward independence and leadership.

Jean-Pierre Changeux
Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (in Hungarian: Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Kísérleti Orvostudományi Kutatóintézet)

The Institute of Experimental Medicine (IEM) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), established in 1952, is still the only research institution in Hungary dedicated exclusively to medical research. Its activity focuses on basic biomedical research, primarily in the field of neuroscience, including studies on neurotransmission, learning and memory, development, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, aggressive behaviour, ischaemic and epileptic brain damage, neurodegenerative disorders and the central and peripheral control of hormone secretion.

The research teams of the IEM employ multidisciplinary approaches: traditional, well-established methodologies (e.g. anatomy, electrophysiology, neurochemistry and pharmacology) are combined with novel approaches in cellular and molecular biology such as the use of transgenic animals and optogenetics, as well as with patch clamp, 2-photon microscopy and calcium imaging techniques. The Institute encourages international mobility of researchers, hosting 5-6 foreign scientists per year, and a similar number of IEM researchers visit leading laboratories in the world. Local and foreign funding enables the Institute to maintain a leading position in the international mainstream of neuroscience research.

The IEM has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training as part of a close collaboration with 3 universities in Budapest: the Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine has a joint PhD School with the IEM, the Pázmány Péter Catholic University has its Neuroscience Department in the IEM, and the Eötvös Loránd University conducts joint undergraduate and postgraduate training courses with the institute. The IEM extensively participates in science communication to the general public, as well as in the formation of advisory and lobby organizations to influence governmental science policy in Hungary.

In the year 2000, the IEM was ranked second from 260 candidates in a competition for the title "Centre of Excellence", and won this recognition for three years by the decision of independent experts of the European Commission.

Tamas Freund
Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy.

Founded in 1914 with private funding and inspired by the legacy of the European Enlightenment, Goethe University stands out as a pioneering "citizens' university"—and the history of the university is one of openness and public participation.

Goethe University is known for research in medicine, in particular neuroscience. In addition to the university, the Max-Planck-Institute for Brian research and the Ernst-Strüngmann Institute cooperate closely with the university. Neuroscience research is integrated by the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Center Frankfurt (INCF). 

Gabriel Wittum
Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the combination of a science and research institution with a University in Germany. Funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the state of Baden-Württemberg KIT is leading in innovation, research and teaching with a staff of 10000 employees and 25000 students. KIT is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. 
Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) operates the central computing centre of KIT to support the IT-demands of the various research Programmes within KIT and within the Helmholtz-Association of German research centres.  It has solid experience in both, distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs) as well as identity management and security in DCIs. SCC developed and runs the largest German university cloud storage for sync-and-share, providing access to more than 350,000 students and 100,000 researchers. SCC provides 22 PB disk (+22 PB tape) storage to a diverse range of scientific experiments hosted at more than 130 institutes on site. 
SCC successfully participated in several European projects such as CrossGrid, Int.EU.grid, EUFORIA, EGEE-1, EGEE-2 and EGEE-3, EGI-Inspire and is currently contributing to EUDAT. SCC has coordinated the G-Eclipse project and currently coordinates MMM@HPC.  Furthermore, SCC is founding member of the OpenCirrus Cloud Initiative.
Marcus Hardt
Diana Gudu
Karolinska Institutet
× partner n 31 sweden

Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institute is one of the world's leading medical universities, responsible for over 40 percent of the medical academic research output in Sweden. The Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology at the Karolinska Institute focuses on the forebrain mechanisms responsible for selecting and initiating actions and the evolution of goal-directed movement. The laboratory is also heavily involved in promoting the development of neuroinformatics and in the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility. The Alzheimer Disease Research Centre in the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at Karolinska Institute studies the impact of enriched environment on brain neurotrophins during aging. Within the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, the Linnarsson Group focuses on single-cell expression analysis to characterize the cell types and lineages of the mouse nervous system.

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Sten Grillner
Abdul Mohammed
Kevin Grimes
King's College London
× partner n 32 united kingdom

King's College London

King's College London (KCL) is a public research university located in London (United Kingdom). KCL is organised into nine academic schools, spread across four campuses in central and south London. King's has over 24,000 students (including nearly 10,000 postgraduates) from 140 countries and over 6,000 employees.

The Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine was established at the beginning of 2012.  Its aim is to establish King's as a world leader in social scientific approaches to health and medicine, with innovative research and research-led teaching as the basis for a significant input into global health policy.  It undertakes the highest quality research on the social and ethical implications of developments in medicine, science and health policy, placing this in a global context with a specific focus on questions of the social determinants of health inequality, and the role and implications of advances in biomedicine and biotechnology. The SSHM includes a number of Laboratories: Foresight and Responsible Research Innovation Lab (FRRIL), Urban Brain Lab, Neuroscience and Society Network (NSN). Previous research labs were: BIOS, BIONET.

Claire Marris
Nikolas Rose
Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan
× partner n 33 sweden

Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (KTH) is one of the leading technical universities in Europe and accounts for one-third of Sweden's technical research and engineering education capacity at university level. It is home to the largest computational neuroscience, neuroinformatics, and neurocomputing centre in Sweden, the Department of Computational Biology. Within the Department the Lanser group's research focuses on attractor memory network models applied to neocortex and the olfactory cortex and on basal ganglia modelling. Prof. Jeanette Hellgren- Kotaleski's group uses computational modelling to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying information processing, rhythm generation and learning in motor systems, using basal ganglia as a model system. Methods used by the group range from simulations of large scale neural networks, using biophysically detailed and abstract systems-level models, down to kinetic models of subcellular processes. The Center for Parallel Computers (PDC), the leading centre for high-performance computing for the Swedish academic community, is also located at KTH. PDC provides high- performance computing resources to the Stockholm Brain Institute (Karolinska Institutet), Stockholm University, and KTH, and has a capacity of up to about 500TF.

Jeanette Hellgren-Kotaleski
Anders Lansner
Erwin Laure
Laboratorio Europeo di Spettroscopie Non Lineari

Linnaeus University is one of Sweden's newest higher education institutions. The university was formed when Växjö University and the University College of Kalmar merged in 2010. Like Carl Linnaeus himself, we have high ambitions and are not easily contented. We are a young university, full of curiosity, and we aim for a distinct and strong position in society.

Linnaeus University is located in Växjö and Kalmar. We have approximately 2,000 staff, 34,000 students in 150 degree programmes and 2,000 single-subject courses. Our high-quality research has an impact, both nationally and internationally. It covers the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and represents a number of well-established research domains. Examples are labour market policy, welfare issues and entrepreneurship, but also life sciences, aquatic ecology, and timber and energy technology.

Francesco Pavone
× partner n 35 sweden


Linnaeus University is one of Sweden's newest higher education institutions. The university was formed when Växjö University and the University College of Kalmar merged in 2010. Like Carl Linnaeus himself, we have high ambitions and are not easily contented. We are a young university, full of curiosity, and we aim for a distinct and strong position in society.

Linnaeus University is located in Växjö and Kalmar. We have approximately 2,000 staff, 34,000 students in 150 degree programmes and 2,000 single-subject courses. Our high-quality research has an impact, both nationally and internationally. It covers the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and represents a number of well-established research domains. Examples are labour market policy, welfare issues and entrepreneurship, but also life sciences, aquatic ecology, and timber and energy technology.

Abdul Mohammed
Medizinische Universität Innsbruck

With about 3,000 students and a faculty of over 1,400*, the Innsbruck Medical University is the most important institution for medical research and education in Western Austria. The Innsbruck Medical University stands for excellence in education, research and patient care.

Current research priorities at the Innsbruck Medical University include:

  • Oncology
  • Neurosciences
  • Genetics, epigenetics and genomics
  • Infectiology, immunology & organ and tissue replacement
Alois Saria
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was founded in 1837 and is the oldest university in Greece. It consists of five (5) Schools (Sciences, Health Sciences, Law Economics & Political Sciences, Philosophy, and Theology), divided into twenty-nine (29) departments with 120,000 students, 2,500 Teaching and Research Staff, and 1,200 Administrative Staff. The University of Athens is a public legal entity with full administrative autonomy, but is subject to state supervision by the Ministry of Education, which also provides most of its funding. 

Yannis Ioannidis
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a new graduate university established in November 2011 in Okinawa, Japan, which aims to conduct internationally outstanding education and research in science and technology, and thus contribute to the self-sustaining development of Okinawa and promote the advancement of science and technology in Japan and throughout the world. OIST is at the forefront of creating change in how research and education are practiced. The graduate university hires world-leading faculty and give them substantial support and considerable freedom to pursue basic research. By avoiding traditional administrative and physical boundaries, and by creating easy access for people to each other and to research equipment, OIST has established a very open and intimate environment which naturally promotes cross-disciplinary education and research. It is training a new breed of students and young researchers to become future leaders in the global world of academia and/or industry—young talent that is receiving strong disciplinary training while additionally being exposed to a truly multidisciplinary experience that challenges them to bridge the boundaries between the physical and life sciences. So far, 47 research units have been launched at OIST, with research in five major areas of Neuroscience, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences, and Physics and Chemistry. The first graduate class commence in September 2012, with 34 students from 18 countries and regions. As of July 1, 2014, OIST has over 380 researchers, of whom approximately 180 are international, and about 260 administrative staff who support the researchers.

Erik De Schutter
Politecnico di Torino
× partner n 39 italy

Politecnico di Torino

The Politecnico di Torino (www.polito.it), founded in 1906 from the roots of the Technical School for Engineers created in 1859, has a long-standing tradition of leadership of polytechnic culture. It is one of the most important universities in Europe for engineering and architecture studies, strongly committed to collaboration with industry.

The Politecnico offers excellence in technology and promotes the ability to carry out theoretical or applied research and also the capacity to achieve concrete and reliable productive processes or organise services and facilities. By the end of his or her degree, a Politecnico di Torino graduate has gained a vast, multifaceted range of skills and knowledge. Students acquire competence in the interdisciplinary nature of the various fields of the contemporary scientific world, while still aware of the needs of people and society.

32,000 students attend the Politecnico per year. About 16% of them are international students coming from 100 different countries. In recent years Politecnico has notably increased its international activities and it has initiated, in collaboration with partners, several projects supporting the international mobility of foreign students.

The range of studies is broad and ever-widening: it spans space, environment and land, telecommunications, information, energy, mechanics, electronics, chemistry, automation, electrical engineering, industrial design, architecture and building, restoratio. At the present there are 3 successive levels of higher education: Bachelor's degree, master of science, research doctorate. To meet specific demands and respond to opportunities in the professional world, Politecnico offers post-graduate and specialisation programmes.

Politecnico is a research university always relied on close ties with both government and industry.The Politecnico di Torino is interested in developing permanent partnerships in research and education with industries that want to take advantage of university collaboration for innovation, and development through its Politecnico Business Research Centre.

Enrico Macii
The Regents of the University of California
× partner n 41 united states of america

The Regents of the University of California

The University of California is one of the world's largest public university systems, with 10 campuses, three national laboratories, and over 233,000 students and 190,000 faculty. The University of California also has the largest number of Nobel laureates (60) of any university. The Neuroscience Information Framework is part of the HBP and is operated from the University of California, San Diego. NIF is supported by the National Institutes of Health Blueprint Consortium. It provides a semantic framework and technology platform for integrating and accessing neuroscience resources and is currently the largest source of neuroscience data and tools on the web. NIF operates flexibly, using semi-automated tools to integrate neuroscience resources with minimum curator effort, and a concept-based interface to extract the maximum possible information from simultaneous searches. NIF also offers tools and strategies to simplify the defederation of resources from different platforms, using the open source Lucene/Solr system to create a semantically-enhanced meta-index over the deeper content of resources and providing additional services to register schema-level information. Led by Dr Maryann Martone, NIF has some fifteen staff and a complete cyberinfrastructure for hosting and serving data, along with triple stores, databases and tools for data federation.

Maryann Martone
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

With its 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen, established in 1870, is among the leading European scientific and research institutions. 40375 students in 127 courses of study are registered for the winter semester of 2013/14, including 6395 international students from more than 120 countries. More than 500 professors as well as about 4500 academic and 2500 non-academic colleagues work at RWTH Aachen University. The work of the research centers of RWTH Aachen is closely oriented towards the current needs of industry. This leads to numerous developments that are patented and utilized. The competence centers of RWTH Aachen achieve very effective cross-subject, inter-faculty collaboration in interdisciplinary networks while maintaining a high level of specialization and differentiation into distinct subject areas. In 2012, the university budget amounted to about 800 million Euros of which more than 300 million Euros were third-party expenditures.

Torsten Kuhlen
Riken the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research

RIKEN is Japan's largest research institute for basic and applied research. Over 2500 papers by RIKEN researchers are published every year in leading scientific and technology journals covering a broad spectrum of disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, and medical science. RIKEN's research environment and strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and globalization has earned a worldwide reputation for scientific excellence. The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI) performs cutting-edge neuroscience research in the service of society and has earned an international reputation as an innovative center for research and training. Researchers at BSI seek to understand brain functions from molecules to neural circuits to cognition, using methods drawn from a wide range of disciplines. BSI is also leading efforts to provide career development for researchers in Japan and around the world.

Naotaka Fujii
Royal Institution for the advancement of learning McGill University

With some 300 buildings, more than 38,500 students and 250,000 living alumni, and a reputation for excellence that reaches around the globe, McGill has carved out a spot among the world's greatest universities.

McGill Facts:

  • 1821 founding date of McGill University.
  • 2 campuses.
  • 300+ programs of study.
  • Number 1 in Canada among medical-doctoral universities for nine consecutive years (Maclean's University Rankings 2014).
  • 21st in the QS World University Rankings.
  • 20% international students.
  • 24% graduate students.
  • Highest % of PhD students of any Canadian research university.
  • 180 countries where alumni live and work.
  • 136 Rhodes Scholars—the highest among Canadian universities.
Alan Evans
Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg

Heidelberg University, founded in 1386, is Germany's oldest university and one of the strongest research universities in Europe. Its successes in both rounds of the Excellence Initiative, a competition to promote top-level research, and in international rankings prove Heidelberg's excellent reputation and leading role in the scientific community. In terms of educating students and promoting promising young academics, Heidelberg relies on research-based teaching and an outstanding, well-structured training for doctoral candidates.

Heidelberg University is a comprehensive university, offering the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, law and the social sciences alongside the natural and life sciences, including medicine. It aims to strengthen the individual disciplines and to further interdisciplinary cooperation as well as to carry research results over into society and industry.

Research at the university is focused on four major interdisciplinary fields, the "molecular and cellular basis of life", "structure and pattern formation in the material world", "cultural dynamics in globalised worlds" and "self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organisations". Heidelberg also draws its strength from its cooperation with numerous local non-university research institutions.

Heidelberg University is tied into a worldwide network of research and teaching collaborations. Exchange programmes have been established with more than 400 universities worldwide. Heidelberg's marked global interconnectedness is also evidenced by its 19 university partnerships and several international research training groups. Almost 20 percent of the university's 30,000 students and a third of the enrolled doctoral candidates come from abroad, one in five researchers is of foreign origin.

With its aspiration of connecting traditional values with future-oriented scientific concepts in research and teaching, Heidelberg University is building bridges to the future.

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Ulrich Brüning
Karlheinz Meier
Johannes Schemmel
Sabanci University
× partner n 46 turkey

Sabanci University

Sabancı University (SU) is one of the leading private university in Turkey. SU is a research university with the motto of “creating and developing together”. Sabancı University leads the nation based on research funds per faculty member and participation to FP7 programs. Sabancı University Microelectronics Group has extensive research programs in integrated circuits and systems design, fabrication and testing. The group’s experience includes high frequency and microwave circuits, low power circuits, readout circuits, analog and mixed-signal circuits, MEMS and microsystems, biosensors and biomimetic circuits. The Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center (SUNUM), provides valuable additional capabilities to the research infrastructure of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (FENS). Combined synergistically with the research expertise of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, SUNUM conducts application oriented, multidisciplinary research programs, bringing together researchers to address applications in electronics, healthcare, structural materials, energy, agriculture, food and defense industries.

Volkan Özgüz
Yaşar Gürbüz
× partner n 47 germany


SAP SE is the world's largest provider of enterprise application software. Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, with locations in more than 130 countries, employing over  67,000 employees, it is also the world's largest inter-enterprise software company and third-largest independent software supplier.

SAP solutions help enterprises of all sizes around the world to innovate through simplification. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, on premise to cloud, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight to stay ahead of the competition.

SAP applications and services enable more than 261,000 customers in 190 countries to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. SAP industry solutions support the unique business processes of more than 25 industry segments, including high tech, retail, manufacturing and financial services.  About 74% of the world's transaction revenue touches an SAP system.  

SAP's technology and innovation strategy seizes new opportunities by leveraging technologies like cloud, in-memory and mobile computing. Research and innovation teams worldwide anticipate and explore emerging technology trends and concepts that strategically influence the future of SAP business applications with the goal to transfer innovations into market-ready prototypes, product enhancements, and new business opportunities. Research activities span from co-innovation with customers to collaborative research in consortia with leading universities, partners, and customers worldwide.

Frank Gottfried
Stichting Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. The institute was founded in 1946 and is located at Science Park Amsterdam. The institute has a strong international position and is renowned for its high quality research. CWI's track record includes building the first computer in the Netherlands, computing the dike heights for the Dutch Delta Works, connecting Europe to the internet, developing the Python programming language used by Google, computing the train timetables for the Dutch Railways and breaking factorization records of RSA encryption codes. The contribution of CWI in the Human Brain Project focuses on the field of scientific database management and examines in particular new forms of data storage and processing for extensive data streams that are released by simulations.
Martin Kersten
Stichting Katholieke Universiteit
× partner n 49 netherlands

Stichting Katholieke Universiteit

Radboud University is a student-oriented research university where research and teaching are closely intertwined and where almost all academic disciplines are represented. Radboud University aspires to be one of the leading universities in Europe. The goal is for all research programmes to be rated ‘very good' and for degree programmes to rank among the top 25% of Dutch universities. To that end, the university has created an intellectual climate that inspires and challenges staff and students to explore the limits of their abilities.

Radboud University challenges its students to actively participate in the academic community and trains them to be critical and committed academics, with their own views regarding scholarship and society, who will take up responsible positions in a society which is becoming increasingly internationalised.

The university's academic staff come from all over the world, and a large proportion of our student population has spent at least some months studying at a university abroad.

Paul Tiesinga
Stichting Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
× partner n 50 netherlands

Stichting Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was founded in 1880. VU is made up of twelve faculties as well as a number of interdisciplinary research institutes. University-wide, four interdisciplinary themes have been determined as the principle focus areas of research: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World, and Professional Services. VU has about 24,500 registered students and 2,250 faculty members and researchers. Over the past decades, VU has transformed from a small, Protestant institution into a broad, research-intensive university attended by a wide variety of students of diverse backgrounds. VU is the Dutch abbreviation for ‘free university', signifying liberation from the church, state and any commercial interest. The basic philosophy of VU is expressed in three core values of responsibility, openness, and personal engagement. 

Huib Mansvelder
Technical University of Crete
× partner n 51 greece

Technical University of Crete

The Technical University of Crete (TUC) was founded in 1977 and has six departments and 57 laboratories in the scientific and engineering fields. TUC's purpose is to provide high-quality undergraduate as well as graduate studies in modern engineering fields demanded by the Greek and international job market, to conduct research in cutting edge technologies as well as to develop links with the Greek and European industry. TUC is committed to staying at the forefront of educational and intellectual development in the areas of research and teaching both in Greece and internationally. The Software Technology and Network Applications (SoftNet), part of TUC's Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, represents TUC in the Human Brain Project. The current research activities of the SoftNet group focus on database management systems, data mining, centralized and distributed data-stream processing, cloud computing, distributed and peer-to-peer systems, and sensor networks. SoftNet members publish regularly in these areas in major international conferences and journals.

Minos Garofalakis
Technische Universitaet Dresden
× partner n 52 germany

Technische Universitaet Dresden

The TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and Europe: strong in research, offering first-rate programmes with an overwhelming diversity, with close ties to culture, industry and society. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range making it one of a very few in Germany. TU Dresden is the largest university in Saxony. The big campus family of TU Dresden are 37.000 students, 4.400 publicly funded staff members – among them more than 520 professors – and approximately 3.500 externally funded staff members (2013).

Sebastian Höppner
Rene Schüffny
Technische Universitaet München
× partner n 53 germany

Technische Universitaet München

Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe's leading universities. It has roughly 500 professors, 10,000 academic and non-academic staff, and 36,000 students. It focuses on the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences, medicine, and economic sciences. After winning numerous awards, it was selected as an "Excellence University" in 2006 and 2012 by the Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). In both international and national rankings, TUM is rated as one of Germany's top universities and is dedicated to the ideal of a top-level research-oriented entrepreneurial university. The university's global presence includes offices in Beijing (China), Brussels (Belgium), Cairo (Egypt), Mumbai (India) and São Paulo (Brazil). The German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST - TUM Asia), founded in 2002 in Singapore, is the first research campus of a German university abroad. 

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Gudrun Klinker
Florian Röhrbein
Alois Knoll
× partner n 531 germany


fortiss is as an institute at the Technical University of Munich, university-related but independent legal, non-profit research institution in the form of a non-profit company. Shareholders of the fortiss are equally the Technical University of Munich (Kdö.R.) LfA, Fraunhofer Society.

On fortiss research and technology transfer to software-intensive systems and services are farsighted prepared as possible, thereby further drive innovation, especially in Bavaria trigger. The fortiss serves as a bridge between university basic research and its implementation in industrial practice and closing a much lamented gap. "The new Institute we provide the Bavarian economy a powerful coopera-tion partners to the side, which prepares the software expertise of the Technical University of Munich and the sub-company makes available." - Martin Zeil, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs (22.12.2008) In particular, there is the fortiss the following tasks: • Processing of the results of basic research to implementation in industrial practice. • Networking of work at home to leading international research centers. • Interception and treatment of problems in practice, so that they can be absorbed by the academic basic research. • Design, facilitation and implementation of reference projects with partners from science and practice. • Support, advice and training in selective Systems-, IT services and software engineering, deployment and transfer of engineering know-how for small and medium-sized companies. • Development and deployment of advanced methods and procedures for the development of software-intensive systems and services for a holistic and integrated product development (PLM) - a customer-driven product definition to (further) development. • Construction of an experience database data from software development projects to better collect quantitative aspects of software development. • Development of scenarios for the future use of the software and the resulting demands on the software and service engineering and impulses for innovative products and processes. • Support the transfer of research prototypes in precursors for the economic exploitation particularly in connection with company formation. • Increasing the visibility of the subject software technology, the improvement of awareness on the subject of software engineering, enhancing skills on software engineering.

Technische Universität Graz
× partner n 54 austria

Technische Universität Graz

In worldwide competition with comparable institutions, Graz University of Technology pursues top teaching and research in the fields of the engineering sciences and the technical-natural sciences. An integral part of putting together excellent education and training programs is knowing about the needs of society and the economy. Ultimately, the quality of the education and training at Graz University of Technology is carried by the strength of its knowledge-oriented and applied research. Numerous competence centers, the Christian-Doppler laboratories, special research fields, research focuses, and large EU projects are only a few examples of the University's extremely active and successful research.

Wolfgang Maass
Tel Aviv University
× partner n 55 israel

Tel Aviv University

Located at the heart of Israel's high-tech and cultural centre, Tel Aviv University represents Israel at its best – dynamic, innovative and forward-looking.

The University offers the broadest academic scope, with nine faculties and over 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and arts. TAU ranks number one in Israel in the number and impact of research publications, and among the top 100 universities in the world. It is consistently selected the first choice of students from among Israel's 69 colleges and universities.

TAU operates Israel's largest biomedical research complex, which brings together 1,400 clinical researchers working at 17 affiliated hospitals throughout the country. Combined, their efforts have already generated 25 drugs and medical treatments that are in various stages of clinical trials.

At TAU, "interdisciplinary" is a core value of the academic culture. Recognized centres of collaborative excellence are in brain studies, environmental studies, nanoscience, renewable energy, cyber security, genomics, bioinformatics, biophysics, archaeology, Jewish studies, and film, among others. This interdisciplinary approach has led in particular to outstanding results in Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, cancer and heart disease research

The goal of the University is to continue providing optimal conditions for interdisciplinary cooperation through the establishment of umbrella research centres and shared equipment facilities. For example, the University's Sagol School of Neuroscience is the first and only school of its kind in Israel in terms of its interdisciplinary breadth. The School unites existing neuroscience programs across the TAU campus under one academic and administrative framework, offering a coordinated curriculum, regularly updated multidisciplinary teaching programs and research. The School fosters innovative collaborations between 100 research laboratories coming from seven TAU faculties, as well as with affiliated hospitals. This centralized yet multi-faceted approach allows both students and researchers to strive for excellence and ingenuity in the brain sciences.  

Mira Marcus-Kalish
Yoav Binyamini
Umea Universitet
× partner n 56 sweden

Umea Universitet

Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is the fifth oldest university in Sweden. The University has 34,200 registered students taught and aided by over 4,200 teachers and supporting staff. Campus Umeå is the size of 28 football fields and is located within walking distance of downtown Umeå. Umeå University receives more than 700 exchange students from over 30 countries every year. Umeå Center for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI) is one of three research centra at the medical faculty and is known for top level brain-imaging research.

The University Library has over 920,000 physical visitors and nearly 1.1 million web visitors per year. The Universum building in the centre of campus includes shopping, restaurants, pubs, and the Aula Nordica concert hall which has a seating capacity of 1,000.

Umeå University has designated 14 strong research environments of high international quality. Umeå Plant Science Centre has been named the best research environment for young bioscientists outside the United States. The world's largest brännboll (similar to rounders) tournament is played in Umeå every May. IKSU Sport, one of Europe's largest exercise facilities, has approximately 23,000 visitors per week and offers a wide selection of activities.

Umeå is the largest city in northern Sweden and its 117,300 inhabitants have a medium age of 38. The city is known as the "City of Birches". In 1888, a large fire destroyed much of the city, so birch trees were planted to protect against the spreading of future fires. Most of Umeå's inhabitants were not born in this city and together they speak approximately 52 languages. Umeå is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Sweden. The city has over 180 kilometres of bicycle tracks, making bicycle the transportation of choice for most students, faculty and staff. Umeå is the European Capital of Culture in 2014.

Lars Nyberg
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
× partner n 57 spain

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) is a state university offering graduate and postgraduate degrees in many different fields. It is a young university -founded only 40 years ago- but has already achieved an outstanding international reputation for its high-quality teaching and research. It is generally recognized as one of the best Spanish universities in both national and international rankings (it is at position no. 153 in the ranking Top 500 World Universities -objective ranking by Jiao Tong University, Shangai-). UAM is a modern and democratic institution in which decisions are taken with the participation of all the members of the community, and which is characterised by its strong social commitment and participation in society.

Most of the faculties and specialised institutes are on the attractive Cantoblanco campus 15 km North of Madrid. The Faculty of Medicine is near La Paz Hospital and several Schools of Nursing belonging to the UAM are in different hospitals in Madrid.

The UAM is very aware of its mission -providing high quality education to its students- which mean that its objectives are not restricted to the academic curricula, but include preparing the student both professionally and as democratic citizens. The university offers an integrated approach to education, combining teaching and research and encouraging the participation of its students and researchers. In order to make this possible, the faculties and schools have many well equipped lecture rooms, modern libraries, laboratories etc. 

Francisco Clasca
Universidad de Granada
× partner n 58 spain

Universidad de Granada

The Universidad de Granada, founded in 1531, continues a long teaching tradition, the roots of which can be traced back to the madrasahs of the last Nasrid Kingdom.

Over 60,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students study at the UGR, with another 20,000 students taking additional courses, language courses, summer courses etc. The University employs 3650 lecturers and over 2000 administration, technical and maintenance staff.

At present, courses for 75 different qualifications are taught in the 28 teaching centres of the UGR. The courses are taught across 116 departments. The Postgraduate School offers 68 master's courses, 116 doctorate programmes and 113 additional courses.

The commitment to high-quality research has placed the Universidad de Granada in a prominent position in terms of national rankings.

The financing of 346 research groups illustrates this commitment. Through the Spanish Research Programme, as well as other national programmes and organisations, the University supports 165 research projects, and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Business has provided financial support to 78 Projects of Excellence.

In addition to the research work of the departments, the UGR has 12 research institutes, as well as other specific research units and centres that focus their work on specific areas.

For many years, the UGR has promoted a significant international activity through the Vice-Rector's Office for International Relations. The importance of the presence of international students is most clearly demonstrated by the 606 mobility agreements signed with European Higher Education institutions and the ERASMUS mobility programmes; the UGR is the leading European university in terms of receiving students and the second Spanish university in terms of the mobility of its own students. The University is also involved in major exchange programmes with universities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Mediterranean countries, Australia, Oceania and Asia.

Eduardo Ros
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is the Spanish's largest technological university and one of Europe's leading institutions. Awarded two International Campuses of Excellence, UPM is renowned for its research activity and for training highly qualified, competitive professionals.

Located in the Community of Madrid, UPM provides an outstanding scientific and intellectual environment. More than 40,000 students studying at its four Campuses, enrolled in undergraduate degrees covering all areas of Engineering, Architecture, Sports Sciences and Fashion Design, as well as specialist postgraduate training based on academic quality and excellence.

UPM has a high international profile and maintains strategic alliances. More than 3,000 researchers in 200 research groups carry out their activities to find real solutions for the needs of a constantly changing world.  The contribution of the University to knowledge creation through its scientific publications is also significant. The annual average figures are 1,800 journal papers, 2,000 conference communications and more than 350 Ph.D. theses.  Excellent research groups can be found in several domains such as materials science, biotechnology, telematics, software engineering, energy, robotics and industrial organization.

UPM has a large expertise in research projects participation both at national and international level, and leads the participation of Spanish universities in the Seventh European Union Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). The presence of UPM in the international R&D arena is ensured by its consistent participation in various EU programmes. As UPM participation in the FP7 is concerned, the University has been involved in 265 European R&D projects with more than 80 M€ of funding received from the European Commission.

UPM has a strong association with the business sector and provides solutions to meet demands for innovation and development.  Furthermore, is home to one of the most active entrepreneurial environments and more than 150 companies have been formed in recent years in the context of its entrepreneurs programme.

UPM is committed to the development of society, and clearly leading university development cooperation. 

Javier DeFelipe
Pedro Larrañaga
José M. Peña
Vicente Martin
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
× partner n 60 spain

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

The Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), with its four campuses located at Móstoles, Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, and Vicálvaro (Madrid, Spain), is a multidisciplinary higher education institution created by the Regional Government of Madrid in 1996 as a public university. Research and academic activity is structured through the areas of Health Sciences, Experimental Sciences and Technology, Communication Sciences and Law and Social Sciences.

The Rey Juan Carlos University is in close contact and  collaborates with the international scientific community and participates in exchange programmes for both teachers and students.  Research and technological innovation are one of its most important mainstays, as well as its commitment to and connection with business sectors in a free-flowing university-business relationship.

Luis Pastor
Universita degli Studi di Pavia
× partner n 61 italy

Universita degli Studi di Pavia

The University of Pavia, which has a centuries-old tradition of study, is considered both in Italy and abroad to be a university of excellence and aims to maintain its record of excellence while adjusting to changes brought forward by the recent reform in the Italian university system.

The quality of education is guaranteed by ample equipment and services which are  constantly being improved (didactic laboratories, computerised libraries etc.) and by the opportunities offered for the students' cultural development. Fortunately, the University of Pavia does not suffer the overcrowding which penalises other universities and thus can guarantee an excellent teacher-student ratio with the possibility of carrying out experiments in state-of-the-art laboratories, yielding very positive results on completion of the students' professional training.

The University of Pavia enjoys international prestige in many areas of research, as witnessed by the collaboration with the most qualified research centres worldwide, the recognition given to the University teaching staff and the appeal which our University has for researchers in Italy and abroad. On the basis of an agreement supported by the Ministry for Universities and Scientific and Technological Research, the University of Pavia, in association with the Borromeo, Ghislieri, Nuovo and Santa Caterina Halls of Residence, and ISU, has opened the University Institute for Advanced Studies (IUSS) which foresees the experimentation of under and post-graduate advanced training courses with the Advanced University School (SUS), the Advanced School of Integrated Training (SAFI), and the European Schools of Advanced Studies (ESAS).

The University of Pavia enjoys a strong tradition of international student and teacher exchanges: bilateral agreements regard, among others, the historic universities of Coimbra, many European universities which participate in the Socrates-Erasmus project,  some top American universities (New York, San Francisco, Washington), Chinese universities (Nankai, Tianijn) and many others. In addition to study holidays, the students' participation in archaeological excavations and geological field trips is encouraged, for example in Terqa, Syria and areas of Jordan.

The University of Pavia has been recognised by the European Commission as a Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence. The Centre for European Community Studies, which supplies documentation, links with Community databanks, notification of competitions for employment and work-experience programmes within the Community, is active in the University.

University of Pavia is mainly financed by the Italian "Ministry of Education, University and Research" and secondarily by the European Commission, regional agencies, foundations, companies. 

Egidio D'Angelo
Universitaet Bern
× partner n 62 switzerland

Universitaet Bern

The University of Bern was founded in and has eight faculties and some 160 institutes. With around 15,000 students, the University of Bern is a medium-sized Swiss university. Within the Department of Physiology, the Senn Lab uses mathematical models of synapses, neurons and networks to explain aspects of perception and behavior. It particularly focuses on models of cortical pyramidal neurons and microcircuits that have been investigated experimentally in vivo and in vitro. Other research at the lab focuses on the neuronal substrate for learning and memory and the way the brain learns action sequences from an on-going stream of sensory inputs and a delayed feedback signal. The lab has developed models of sensory processing and its interaction with cortical top-down signals which can explain experimental recordings from the visual cortex, obtained during perceptual or classification tasks. These models highlight key mechanisms by which synapses and neurons enable our brains to deal with learning and memory.

Walter Senn
Universität Zürich
× partner n 63 switzerland

Universität Zürich

With its 26,000 enrolled students, the University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland's largest university. Founded in the year 1833, UZH was Europe's first university to be established by a democratic political system; today, UZH is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world. Made up of seven faculties covering some 100 different subject areas, the University offers a wide variety of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programs. In addition, UZH's continuing education programs offer excellent learning opportunities. 

As a member of the "League of European Research Universities" (LERU), the University of Zurich belongs to Europe's most prestigious research institutions. Numerous distinctions highlight the University's international renown in the fields of medicine, immunology, genetics, neuroscience and structural biology as well as in economics. To date, the Nobel Prize has been conferred on twelve UZH scholars.

The academic excellence of the University of Zurich brings benefits to both the public and the private sectors not only in the Canton of Zurich, but throughout Switzerland. Knowledge is shared in a variety of ways: in addition to granting the general public access to its twelve museums and many of its libraries, the University makes findings from cutting-edge research available to the public in accessible and engaging lecture series and panel discussions.

Bruno Weber
Universitat de Barcelona
× partner n 64 spain

Universitat de Barcelona

Universitat de Barcelona has over 63,700 students, 106 departments and more than 5,000 full-time researchers. At UB, the Experimental Virtual Environments for Neuroscience and Technology (EVENT) Lab researches virtual environments and computer graphics, with applications mainly in neuroscience and technology. It focuses on the exploitation of virtual reality and robotics in investigating how the brain represents the body. Co-led by Mel Slater and Maria V. Sanchez-Vires the EVENT Lab has a staff of approximately 25 full-time researchers and technicians. It is funded mainly through European projects, including an ERC Senior research project granted to the lab director, ICREA Professor Mel Slater. The lab has two advanced head-mounted display systems together with head-trackers and full body motion capture, and physiological recording devices including EEG. It also has a state-of-the-art high definition four-sided Cave system, and an emotionally expressive life-sized robot. The major research of the lab in recent years has been the exploitation of body ownership in investigations of body representation and body plasticity. This embodies people in virtual bodies or robotic bodies controlled by brain-computer interfaces.

Mel Slater
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
× partner n 65 spain

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF, http://www.upf.edu) was established as a public university in 1990. UPF is one of the most dynamic research centers in Europe, proof of it is that UPF ranks among the top five Spanish universities in terms of both scientific productivity and academic efficiency. UPF's policy is to be an institution that is open to the world, and to be so, the university is actively incorporating prominent researchers, no matter their nationality. As a result, UPF presents outstanding research indicators, such as high-impact international publications, patents, and spin-offs. This trajectory has been systematically awarded in recent years, in particular by the EU 7th Framework Program (FP7).

Gustavo Deco
University of Gent
× partner n 66 belgium

University of Gent

Today Ghent University attracts over 41,000 students, with a foreign student population of about 4,000. In 2013, the university invested about 265 million Euros in research projects on behalf of public and private partners, and appointed about 5,800 scientific staff members. Ghent University is the only Belgian university in the top 100 of both the Shanghai (85) and Times ranking (85). The University has participated in more than 200 research projects in the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006) and in 260 projects in the Seventh Framework Programme, of which 26 ERC grants and 26 Marie Curie Fellowships. Ghent University coordinated 42 collaborative projects in FP7. The university provides excellent training opportunities to both young and experienced researchers, and awarded around 553 PhD degrees in 2013 of which over 20% went to international young researchers. The university is one of the fastest growing European universities in terms of research capacity and productivity, and its commitment to European research excellence is reflected by the recent extension of the ‘European Office’ in its Research Office, i.e. the department overseeing, guiding and administering research projects.

Joni Dambre
Universitetet for Miljo og Biovitenskap

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Norway, tracings its roots to the Higher Agricultural School founded in 1859 and recently merged with the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. Interdisciplinary research at NMBU integrates biosciences with social sciences and technology will contribute to solutions for a sustainable future. We provide Knowledge for Life through more than 60 study programs ranging from veterinary medicine to engineering. Located on a beautifully landscaped campus at Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, we collaborate closely with life sciences at University of Oslo and scientist around the globe. HBP efforts at NMBU are concentrated in the Computational Neuroscience Group at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, with its leading expertise in numerical modelling of extracellular signatures of neuronal activity and simulator development.

Gaute Einevoll
Universitetet i Oslo
× partner n 68 norway

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo was founded in 1811 as the first in Norway. Today it is the country’s largest public institution of research and higher learning with 27 000 students and 6100 employees.

Located mainly on Blindern Campus in the northern part of Oslo, UiO has eight faculties: Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Theology, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Education Sciences.

The capital university is also home to the Viking Ship Museum, the Historical Museum and the Natural History Museum, a Main Library with 3.6 million holdings and a wide range of associated units and centres.

The University of Oslo has an operating annual budget of NOK 6.6 billion, and most of its funding comes from the Norwegian Government.

UiO is the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway - and one of the World's Top 100 universities, according to the Shanghai World Ranking. With five Nobel Prize winners, UiO has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery.

As a classical university with a broad range of academic disciplines, UiO has top research communities in most areas. Moreover, UiO currently has and a strategic focus on interdisciplinary research in the field of energy and life sciences in parti8 National Centres of Excellence cular. As a broadly based, non-profit research university, UiO has access to good public funding schemes. Lab and office facilities, libraries and technical support are at the high end.

UiO offers more than 800 courses in English at all levels, around 40 Master’s degree programmes taught entirely in English and several PhD programmes. UiO focuses on research-based education and attracts highly qualified students from all over the country.

UiO attracts students and researchers from all over the world. As of 2012, 13 percent of the student population is from foreign countries. 17.5 percent of the academic staff and 26 percent of the PhD candidates are from abroad.

Jan Bjaalie
University of Cambridge
× partner n 69 united kingdom

University of Cambridge

The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. To date, 90 affiliates of the University have won the Nobel Prize.

Founded in 1209, the University comprises 31 autonomous Colleges, which admit undergraduates and provide small-group tuition, and 150 departments, faculties and institutions.

Cambridge is a global university. Its 19,000 student body includes 3,700 international students from 120 countries. Cambridge researchers collaborate with colleagues worldwide, and the University has established larger-scale partnerships in Asia, Africa and America.

The University sits at the heart of one of the world’s largest technology clusters. The ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ has created 1,500 hi-tech companies, 12 of them valued at over US$1 billion and two at over US$10 billion. Cambridge promotes the interface between academia and business, and has a global reputation for innovation.

Barbara Sahakian
University College London
× partner n 70 united kingdom

University College London

University College London is the oldest and largest constituent college of the University of London. UCL is organised into 10 faculties, within which there are over 100 departments, institutes and research centres. UCL has around 26,700 students and 11,025 staff. At UCL, the Synaptic Circuit Group uses cellular/molecular techniques to study the interactions between the synaptic cleft-spanning proteins that underpin synapse-formation, multi-photon imaging combined with electrophysiology to study the contribution of voltage-gated ion channels to the shaping and integration of synaptic inputs in different dendritic compartments, and paired intracellular recordings combined with histological and immuno-cytochemical processing and pharmacology form the basis for studies of the properties of cortical circuits and the synaptic connections that form them. The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL is an interdisciplinary centre for neuroimaging excellence. It brings together clinicians and scientists who study higher cognitive function using neuroimaging techniques. Its goal is to understand how thought and perception arise from brain activity, and how such processes break down in neurological and psychiatric disease. Its research groups study all aspects of higher cognitive function including vision, memory, language and reasoning, emotion, decision making and motor control. Home to SPM, the world's most popular tool for analysing neuroimaging data, the Centre seeks to answer fundamental questions about how the brain works in order to improve human and animal health. The Space and Memory lab in the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, headed by Neil Burgess, has strong expertise in computational neuroscience, functional neuroimaging, single-unit electrophysiology and neuropsychology. The main focus of the lab is understanding the neural mechanisms of memory, and particularly spatial area, an area in which it is possible to compare results from humans and rodents.

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Neil Burgess
Alex Thomson
John Ashburner
The University of Edinburgh
× partner n 71 united kingdom

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583 and is today ranked in the top 20 world universities. The University of Edinburgh, promotes excellence in teaching and research Seth Grant, Professor of Molecular Neurosciences at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Neuroregeneration (CNR) is co-directing the research on the multi-level organisation of the mouse brain in the HBP in Sub project 1. The CNR seeks to understand the mechanisms of neural development, injury and repair. The CNR is leading the way towards improving our understanding of the fundamental biological processes underlying neuropathological conditions. The main goal of the Grant laboratory, based at the University of Edinburgh, is to understand molecular events at the synapse; specifically the multiprotein machines mechanisms underlying behaviour and cognition and identify their involvement in disease. The research has focused on the study of genes and proteins that control the synapses between nerve cells. Multiprotein machines comprising many different protein components are responsible for basic innate and learned behaviours and dysfunction in many brain diseases. Recent work shows that these mechanisms are conserved between mice and humans opening new avenues for diagnosis and therapeutic discoveries. The Genes to Cognition research team (www.genes2cognition.org) has generated a large amount of data and tools that are freely available and an education and public understanding website (www.G2COnline.org). Work published by the Grant laboratory revealed the evolution of the synapse and uncovered a new model for the evolutionary origins of the brain and how it evolved the complexity found in humans and other animals. Within the HBP the Grant laboratory will focus on obtaining a first draft of the full set of proteins expressed in neurons and synapses.

Douglas Armstrong
Seth Grant
Peter Buneman
Universiteit of Haifa
× partner n 72 israel

Universiteit of Haifa

The University of Haifa founded in 1963 is the "youngest" research University in the country. Today it is home to more than 18,000 students with over 750 scholars and scientists making up the academic staff of the University's Seven Faculties: Humanities; Social Sciences; Education; Law; Social Welfare and Health Studies; and Natural Sciences. The latter is home to leading research groups in biology, neuroscience and biotechnology. The on-campus IBM Haifa Science and Technology Center underscores the University’s potential for 21st-century IST research.

Avi Karni
The University of Manchester
× partner n 73 united kingdom

The University of Manchester

Opened in 1880, the University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

In May, 2013, the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA announced the recruitment of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) and the creation of the Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics (INI), a world-class facility in which all the techniques for modern ultra-high-field and standard-field MRI brain scanning, image analysis, data basing, mathematics, genomic analysis, computation and medical imaging will be housed under one roof. Informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, use, applications and implications of information technology for data enabled research, education, and practice. Informatics seeks to identify new forms of scientific knowledge, leveraging large-scale computational architectures, emerging mathematics, new means of visualizing massive-scale data, and formulating models of interactions between unexpected or unpredicted elements present in data. LONI and the INI have the primary goal of enabling informatics across biomedical disciplines. LONI and the INI bring together the intellectual and computational infrastructure necessary to characterize the richness of biomedical datasets through the use of informatics methods, enable broad ranging multidisciplinary informatics research and facilitate the training of young investigators.

Steve Furber
David Lester
USC (University of Southern California)
× partner n 74 united states of america

USC (University of Southern California)

As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or health professions students -- in addition to medical residents and fellows -- at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 57,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state.

Art Toga
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
× partner n 75 united states of america

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or health professions students -- in addition to medical residents and fellows -- at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 57,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state.

Robert Williams
Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux II

The “université de Bordeaux” has a long-lasting university tradition dating back to 1441. Ranked among the top universities in France for the quality of its academic courses and research, it is a multi-disciplinary, research-focused, international institution.

The University of Bordeaux is the third largest university in France (based on the number of its students), with more than 50, 000 students, including almost 2, 000 PhD students and 6, 000 foreign students. It employs around 5, 600 staff members, of which nearly 3, 000 are academic and research staff.

The University of Bordeaux is leading an ambitious project to be one of Europe's top research universities, in partnership with national research organizations such as the CNRS, Inserm and others (INRA, Inria, Irstea) and also along with the “Grandes Ecoles” located in Bordeaux such as Bordeaux Sciences Agro, Sciences Po Bordeaux, IPB. This strategy to develop the University of Bordeaux as a Campus of Excellence has been rewarded with significant funding provided by the French Government in the framework of its "Investment for the future" program, a national funding program that aims to promote the development of knowledge and innovation within France thus supporting the future growth of the country.

Jean-Marc Orgogozo
Uppsala Universitet
× partner n 77 sweden

Uppsala Universitet

Uppsala Universitet was founded in 1477 and ranks among the best universities in Northern Europe and internationally. The university has nine faculties and about 24,000 full-time students and a teaching staff of roughly 1,800. The Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala studies research ethics, bioethics, neuroethics and medical law. Ethics is included in the curriculum for Uppsala University's programmes in nursing and medicine. In this setting, CRB offers a web-based course in neuroethics as well as an advanced level course on ethics and public health. It also offers research ethics courses for postgraduate students at all faculties. CRB participates in several bilateral and multilateral national and international research collaborations.

Kathinka Evers
Arleen Salles
Weizmann Institute of Science
× partner n 78 israel

Weizmann Institute of Science

The Weizmann Institute of Science is a multidisciplinary research centre with around 2,500 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff. The Weizmann Institute's Computational Neuroscience Lab, led by Dr Misha Tsodyks, adopts a theoretical approach to modelling brain functions. It is part of the Neurobiology Department, and in this position collaborates on the design of new experiments and the analysis of experimental data. The lab's main activities are in the fields of learning and memory, space representation in hippocampal formation, visual processing and synaptic transmission in the cortex.

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Yadin Dudai
Rafael Malach
Rony Paz
Misha Tsodyks
Wenzhou Medical College
× partner n 79 china

Wenzhou Medical College

Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) is a key institution of higher learning under the administration of Zhejiang Provincial Government in P. R. China. With a complete educational system, WMU covers a full range of programs from bachelor to doctoral study for students not only from China mainland but also from abroad as well from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. WMU has a primary discipline doctoral program of Clinical Medicine and a postdoctoral research station,and also offers a 7-year program in optometry directly leading to master degree. There are 8 primary discipline master degree programs involving Clinical Medicine, Nursing Science, Traditional Chinese Pharmacy, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Preclinical Medicine, Chinese and Western Integrative Medicine, Pharmacology and 5 professional master programs. There are 30 bachelor programs in the disciplines of medicine, science, engineering, administration, arts, law and education. WMU boasts one state key laboratory and 8 provincial or ministerial key laboratories (research centers), 4 provincial Top Priority programs and 10 provincial key programs. Currently, the total enrollment amounts to 14000, including ~80 Ph.D students, ~2300 master students and 600 international students.

WMU has over 8000 faculty and staff members, of whom over 1200 hold senior professional titles: 204 full professors and 241 associate professors out of 1000 full-time teachers and researchers. Composed of four campuses, WMU covers a total area of 120 acres with a building space of 510,000 ㎡.The college library has a collection of 1,380,000 volumes. Three out of five journals sponsored and issued by WMU are in CSTPCD. There are 5 directly affiliated hospitals and 14 non-directly affiliated hospitals all around Zhejiang province.

WMU has been striving to develop itself through constant endeavors and initiatives to meet the needs of the local community and beyond by an integration of medical and academic services and industries.

Yun Wang
Yale University
× partner n 80 united states of america

Yale University

Founded in 1810, the Yale School of Medicine is a world-renowned center for biomedical research, education and advanced health care. Among its 28 departments are one of the nation’s oldest schools of public health and the internationally recognized Child Study Center, founded in 1911. Its Yale Cancer Center is one of 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The School of Medicine consistently ranks among the handful of leading recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations supporting the biomedical sciences, and belongs to medical organizations including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC).

The school’s unique curriculum, known as the Yale system of medical education, promotes teaching in small seminar, conference and tutorial settings, and requires student self-evaluation, independent thinking and investigation.

Michael Hines
Academisch Ziekenhuis Leiden – Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum

Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) is a modern university medical centre for research, education and patient care with a high quality profile and a strong scientific orientation. LUMC has a unique research practice, ranging from pure fundamental medical research to applied clinical research. This enables LUMC to offer patient care and education that is in line with the latest international insights and standards. The more than 7000 staff members of the LUMC are passionate about improving patient care through scientific research. The Division of Image Processing (LKEB) is a research group within the Department of Radiology at LUMC, and has a strong track record in developing and publishing innovative biomedical image and data analysis algorithms, and transferring these to industry under strict software quality standards (e.g. companies such as Medis, GE, Toshiba, Agfa, Terumo, Lightlab, Volcano, Boston Scientific). In addition, we have experience with open-source code distribution, as evidenced by the LKEB-co-developed elastix platform for non- rigid image registration (> 25000 downloads). This way of working has resulted in several widely used clinical software packages, some of which have been recognized as de-facto standard in the field, in combination with a strong publication track record. LKEB’s collaboration with the Pattern Recognition and Bioinformatics group in Delft, embodied in the research team on mining the Allen Brain Atlas, gives access to state-of-the-art pattern analysis and bioinformatics expertise, while its position within the Leiden University Medical Centre connects LKEB to state-of-the-art neuroscience research.

Boudewijn Lelieveldt
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress, and it is prepared to collaborate with Spanish and foreign entities in order to achieve this aim. According to its Statute (article 4), its mission is to foster, coordinate, develop and promote scientific and technological research, of a multidisciplinary nature, in order to contribute to advancing knowledge and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to train staff and advise public and private entities on this matter.


CSIC plays an important role in scientific and technological policy, since it encompasses an area that takes in everything from basic research to the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector. Its research is driven by its centres and institutes, which are spread across all the autonomous regions, and its more than 12,000 staff, of whom ore than 3,000 are staff researchers and the same number again are doctors and scientists who are still training. CSIC has 6% of all the staff dedicated to Research and Development in Spain, and they generate approximately 20% of all scientific production in the country. It also manages a range of important facilities; the most complete and extensive network of specialist libraries, and also has joint research units.


Its multidisciplinary and multisectorial nature means CSIC covers all fields of knowledge. Its activity is organised around eight scientific-technical areas: Humanities and Social Sciences, Biology and Biomedicine, Natural Resources, Agricultural Sciences, Physical Science and Technologies, Materials Science and Technology, Food Science and Technology, and Chemical Science and Technology.

Bernabe Linares-Barranco
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

The National Research Council (CNR) is a public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country. To this end, the activities of the organization are divided into macro areas of interdisciplinary scientific and technological research, concerning several sectors: biotechnology, medicine, materials, environment and land, information and communications, advanced systems of production, judicial and socio-economic sciences, classical studies and arts. CNR is distributed all over Italy through a network of institutes aiming at promoting a wide diffusion of its competences throughout the national territory and at facilitating contacts and cooperation with local firms and organizations.

Michele Miglore
Edex-Educational Excellence Corporation Limited (University of Nicosia)

The University of Nicosia is the largest private university in Cyprus, combining a dynamic student-oriented learning environment, with quality standards and an international philosophy. The University aspires to be a leading contributor to excellence in education and research. Its mission is to assist its students in becoming educated individuals, in achieving their academic and professional goals, and assuming responsible roles in a changing world of European cooperation and global interdependence.

The University of Nicosia pursues excellence in education through its four Schools: (i) Business; (ii) Education; (iii) Sciences and Engineering; (iv) Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. Through these, the University offers a range of academic programmes of study, leading to Bachelor, Master and PhD Degrees – modelled on European and US higher education, and continually updated to keep pace with changing trends and industry needs.

Over the years, the University has adopted a dynamic research strategy, aiming to reach out to all its stakeholders, to work with them in developing ideas for academic and applied research, to better the community, country and wider region. The University is currently involved in funded projects at the national, EU and international level. 

Along the way, the University of Nicosia has distinguished itself on multiple fronts. It established the first UNESCO Chair in Cyprus, for the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. It was awarded with a “Gold Medal” in Business Ethics Excellence (BEE) by the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN), in recognition of its sound corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. It has also been recognized by the European Commission, being awarded with an Erasmus University Charter, while it remains among a select few universities in Europe to receive the European Commission Diploma Supplement (DS) Label. Moreover, the University has adopted the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), while also serving as member of the European University Association (EUA).  

Avgis Hadjipapas
European Brain Research Institute Rita Levi-Montalcini Fondazione - EBRI

The European Brain Research Institute (EBRI) is a non-profit International Research Institute fully devoted to the study of Neuroscience. Founded in 2005 by the Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini as an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, it was designed to spearhead Italian neuroscience investigating fundamental questions of the development and functional organization of the brain, and to show case translational neuroscience with tangible output and patient benefit.

In particular, using a multidisciplinary approach and a varieties of different techniques ranging from genetic and molecular biology to neurophysiology, computational analysis, and quantitative analysis of behavior, EBRI aims at investigating the biological basis of the higher functions of the vertebrate brain in both physiological and pathological conditions such as neurodegenerative diseases and other neurological disorders including epilepsy and autism.

EBRI is part of the Neuroscience campus enveloping Fondazione Santa Lucia, the Cell Biology and Neurobiology Institute (CNR), and two Telethon groups. It currently provides flourishing environment to seven research groups whose scientific interest and endeavors encompass development of recombinant antibodies, synaptic transmission and plasticity, neurotrophin factors neurodegenerative disease, metabolism in brain disease, stem cells and adult neurogenesis. The EBRI core staff comprises 60 people,  including scientists, technicians, and administrative personnel, and is organized in independent laboratories, units, as well as core facilities.
Despite its young age, EBRI has already been able to secure a number of very competitive research grants from the EC (ERC, Cooperation, Marie Curie), the American Alzheimer’s Association, the Italian Minister of Health. Recently EBRI was included in the EU project PAINCAGE (involving nine partners from six European countries) whose aim is to identify new therapeutic targets for chronic pain.

Enrico Cherubini
Helsingin yliopisto
× partner n 86 finland

Helsingin yliopisto

The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It was founded in 1640 and operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 17 other locations. Within the Neuroscience Centre, two research groups are participating in the HBP. Matias Palva’s group performs non-invasive brain imaging and stimulation experiments with healthy subjects and select patient groups as well as invasive stereo-encephalography recordings through collaboration projects. The group also develops data analysis and informatics methods and uses first-person video games as key tools in next-generation human brain research. Satu Palva’s group investigates the system-level neuronal mechanisms underlying perception, attention, and memory, as well as the mechanisms that lead to short- and long-term variability in the behavioural performance in these functions. The group uses magneto- and electroencephalography (MEG/EEG) to non-invasively record neuronal activity during cognitive tasks, neuroinformatics-oriented data-driven analysis approaches to identify local and large-scale cortical networks of neuronal interactions that beget momentary task performance, and rhythmic transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to entrain or disengage these MEG/EEG targeted cortical processes.

Matias Palva
Institut Jozef Stefan
× partner n 87 slovenia

Institut Jozef Stefan

The Jožef Stefan Institute is the leading Slovenian research organisation. It is responsible for a broad spectrum of basic and applied research in the fields of natural sciences and technology. The staff of around 960 specialize in research in physics, chemistry and biochemistry, electronics and information science, nuclear technology, energy utilization and environmental science.

The Institute was founded in 1949 at a time when scientific research was expanding rapidly throughout the world. Initially established as an institute for Physics within the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, it is today involved in a wide variety of fields of both scientific and economic interest. After more than 60 years of scientific achievement, the Institute has become part of the image of Slovenia. The basic goals of the Institute are to provide expert scientific and applied output in the form of processes, products and consultancy, and to produce well-trained young scientists.

The Department of Knowledge Technologies performs research in advanced information technologies aimed at acquiring, storing and managing knowledge to be used in the development of knowledge-based applications. Established areas include intelligent data analysis (machine learning, data mining, and knowledge discovery in databases), semantic data mining and the semantic web, language technologies and computational linguistics, decision support and knowledge management. Apart from research in knowledge technologies, we are also developing applications in environmental sciences and ecology, medicine and health care, biomedicine and bioinformatics, economy and marketing.

Saso Dzeroski
Institute of Science and Technology Austria

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is a multidisciplinary research institution dedicated to cutting-edge basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. The Institute is located in the city of Klosterneuburg, 18 km from the center of Vienna. The graduate school of IST Austria educates doctoral students from around the world. IST Austria was established jointly by the federal government of Austria and the provincial government of Lower Austria and inaugurated in 2009. At the end of 2013, 28 professors and a total of 373 employees from 51 different countries worked on campus. The development plans of IST Austria allow for a growth to 90 research groups and more than 1000 employees by 2026, who will conduct research in an international, state-of-the-art environment. The first President of the Institute is Thomas A. Henzinger, a computer scientist and former professor of the University of California at Berkeley and the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Ryuichi Shigemoto
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
× partner n 89 belgium

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding.

Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest and highest-ranked university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.

Since its founding, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.  

Wim Vanduffel
Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1808 as an advisory body to the Dutch Government – a role that it continues to play today. The Academy derives its authority from the quality of its members, who represent the full spectrum of scientific and scholarly endeavour and are selected on the basis of their achievements. It is also responsible for sixteen internationally renowned institutes whose research and collections put them in the vanguard of Dutch science and scholarship.

As the forum, conscience, and voice of the arts and sciences in the Netherlands, the Academy promotes quality in science and scholarship and strives to ensure that Dutch scholars and scientists contribute to cultural, social and economic progress. As a research organisation, the Academy is responsible for a group of outstanding national research institutes. It promotes innovation and knowledge valorisation within these institutes and encourages them to cooperate with one another and with university research groups.

The Academy’s duties are defined by law. Briefly, they are: to serve as a learned society representing the full spectrum of scientific and scholarly disciplines; to act as a management body for national research institutes; to advise the Dutch Government on matters related to scientific pursuit.

In accordance with these statutory duties, the Academy:

  • serves as a forum for debate and a platform for knowledge-sharing;

  • manages and sets policy for the national research institutes;

  • issues advisory reports and foresight studies;

  • cooperates with foreign and international organisations on matters related to science and scholarship;

  • awards prizes and runs a number of funding programmes, either in its own name or on behalf of a foundation or fund that has been entrusted to it.

Pieter Roelfsema
Middlesex University Higher Education Corporation

At Middlesex University, the world is our campus. With institutions on

three continents - and students hailing from more than 140 countries -
we offer outstanding teaching, learning and research that knows no
geographical or academic borders.

Our international outlook informs everything we do, allowing us to

make a far-reaching and enduring contribution to the world around us.

The most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) found 77 per cent

of our research to be 'internationally recognised': the result of
significant investment in staff and facilities. We now attract more
research students than any other new university in London.
Christian Huyck
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) is one of the most prestigious University in Italy that recruits a very small number of students, through a very competitive admission exam. Students are selected only on the basis of merit, lessons are held in seminar form, and an intimate link connects didactic and research. Student life is deeply integrated, and great space is devoted to international exchanges, according to the best models of higher instruction in Europe. Students live in a completely gratuitous collegiate system; they follow an educational path based on a blend of study, research, and personal experiences.

SNS was founded by Napoleon in 1810, on the model of the Ecole Normale Superieure in France, and has, since, kept the highest teaching, academic and research standards. This is witnessed by the Shanghai Academic Ranking of the World Universities (ARWU) (http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2012.html). Due to the small number of students and faculty, the relevant ranking to be considered is the ranking normalized per number of students (PCP: Per Capita Academic Performance). According to the PCP ranking, in 2012 SNS ranks at the 5th position worldwide.

The activities of the Scuola are traditionally divided into two main areas: the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Sciences and hosts fully equipped Biology and Physics Laboratories. A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between didactic and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate program of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome, indeed, the students that are more akin for their study interests and allow them to collaborate precociously to the activities of the researchers.

SNS undergraduates and graduates routinely find doctoral, postdoctoral and research positions in the best universities and research centers worldwide.

Antonino Cattaneo
Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA, www.sssup.it) is a public University whose mission is to provide excellence education at graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral level, and to perform excellence research, in its six Institutes, in the fields of life science, engineering, economics and social science.

The BioRobotics Institute of SSSA (www.bioroboticsinstitute.it) has been started in 2011, by merging the ARTS and the CRIM Labs and the EZ Research Centre, with their 20-year history. The BioRobotics Institute conducts theoretical and experimental research on robotics and biomedical engineering, along with applied research and technological innovation, particularly in the biomedical field. Given their interdisciplinarity, the BioRobotics Institute has a strong tendency toward integrating heterogeneous bodies of knowledge. The former ARTS Lab, over the course of its 20-year history, has built and consolidated a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in the fields of Service Robotics, Humanoid Robotics, NeuroRobotics, Neurodevelopmental Bioengineering, Bionics, Neural Interfaces, Assistive Robotics, Robotics for Neurorehabilitation, Biomimetic Robotics, Soft Robotics and Marine Robotics, as well as the former CRIM Lab had become a reference at international level for microfabrication technologies and for microrobotics applied in the medical field.

Joint Laboratories, especially in Tuscany and on the National territory, are aimed at promoting application and technology transfer. The Biorobotics Institute is located at the "Polo Sant'Anna Valdera", in Pontedera, a town close to Pisa. This is a research park, specifically created to favour technological innovation, with a surface of 6,300 square metres and important facilities for design and (micro)fabrication.

At present, the Biorobotics Institute includes around 200 people, among which 5 Full Professors, 3 Associate Professors, 8 Assistant Professors, more than 40 Post-Doc researchers, more than 90 PhD students, 6 technical and 8 administrative assistants, 15 other research assistants, a variable number of master students around 10, and a variable number of visiting researchers.

Cecilia Laschi
Stiftung FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik am Karlsruher Institut fur Technologie

Application research with reliable knowledge and technology transfer is the core business and competence of FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik. As an independent research institution, FZI works for companies and public institutions regardless of company size: from small business to large corporations, from local public administrations to the European Union.

Every department at FZI operates under a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008. Departments working on medical information technologies are also certified according to DIN EN ISO 13485:2010. FZI has its head office in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin.

Our interdisciplinary research activities concentrate on seven Research Sectors and currently 21 Research Focuses. The FZI House of Living Labs offers a unique research environment for applied research."

Paul Levi
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
× partner n 95 switzerland

Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

The SIB vision is three-fold, encompassing service, research and education and it is implemented through the SIB mission.

The SIB helps shape the future of life sciences through excellence in bioinformatics.

To provide world-class core bioinformatics resources to the national and international life science research community in key fields such as genomics, proteomics and systems biology. To lead and coordinate the field of bioinformatics in Switzerland.

These two components of our mission are different in nature and are worked towards in two different and distinct ways: The first and primary SIB mission consists of providing services, i.e. the bioinformatics research infrastructure for life science research. It is carried through in a top-down approach, with objectives set by the SIB Board of Directors and an implementation plan agreed with the concerned groups. Federal funds are almost exclusively used to fulfil this mission. Within the second mission the SIB plays a federating role, linking the Swiss bioinformatics community and promoting and coordinating research and education. This activity is mainly performed in a bottom-up way with funding from the universities and other partners and from research grants.

Ioannis Xenarios
Simon Bernèche
Synaptologics BV
× partner n 96 netherlands

Synaptologics BV

Sylics is the tradename of Synaptologics BV, a private company founded in 2007 by a small group of research opinion leaders from the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam. Sylics has a strong expertise in the fields of neuroscience, genetics and mouse behavior research and in providing optimized and customized solutions for clients in building and operating their projects. The mission of Sylics is to capitalize on four areas of expertise: 1) automated mouse phenotyping of brain disease mutants, 2) employing the latest cellomics robotics, 3) development of bio-informatics tools for complex data analysis and 4) services to international research consortia with a focus on project definition, administrative management of international programs, legal issues and other project consultancy services.

Maarten Loos
Synome Ltd
× partner n 97 united kingdom

Synome Ltd

Synome Ltd is a biotechnology company that utilises innovative approaches to study diseases of the brain. We specialise in translating knowledge of the genetic basis of brain disorders into new therapies.

Many of the DNA mutations interfere with the communication between nerve cells, which takes place at microscopic junctions called synapses. Over 100 brain diseases are caused by malfunction of synapses and these diseases are called “synaptopathies”. Synome scientists have extensive experience in creating genetically altered mice and analysing genetic models of human brain diseases using state-of-the art methods in electrophysiology, imaging and cognitive testing. The name SYNOME reflects our combined expertise in synapses and the genome.

Synome Ltd has a track record of successful collaborations with pharmaceutical companies including H. Lundbeck A/S and Eli Lilly and Company. Synome scientists are also actively co-operating with many academic groups for fundamental research on brain function.

Synome offers a battery of touchscreen cognitive tasks, testing many aspects of rodent cognition. In contrast to more traditional methods of cognitive evaluation (e.g. fear conditioning or water maze testing), touchscreen tests have superior translational potential, as they use the same types of stimuli (objects and locations on a computer screen), and the same types of responses (screen touches) as human cognitive test routines, e.g. CANTAB- the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery.

Also, Synome is offering an extensive portfolio of contract research opportunities in brain slice electrophysiology. We use multi-electrode array technology, which is ideally suited for studies of nerve circuits and their plasticity.

In summary, Synome capitalises on the extensive experience of its scientists in studying the genetic and physiological basis of brain diseases and is positioned to rapidly exploit the new discoveries in medical genetics and convert these into therapeutic advances.

Maksym Kopanitsa
The Foundation for Medical Research Infrastructural Development and Health Services next to the Medical Center Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center is a 1,200-bed tertiary care teaching hospital that is affiliated with the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. The Foundation for Medical Research, Infrastructure Development and Health Services is a separate legal entity established and registered under Israeli law. The TASMC-FUND is authorised to perform and execute research projects in the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center whilst using its facilities.

Talma Hendler
× partner n 99 finland


Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is Finland's second-largest university in engineering sciences. The university's research, conducted by some 1,800 staff and faculty members, mostly focuses on applied science and often has close ties to many different companies (such as Nokia). Located next to the university campus is a Technology Centre Hermia, including a large Nokia research facility. TUT is one of the only two Finnish universities which operate as a foundation. The foundation model promotes the development of education and research at TUT and gives the university good prerequisites to succeed amid growing international competition. The university's leading-edge fields of research are signal processing, optics and photonics, intelligent machines, biomodelling and the built environment. The university has one Finnish Center of Excellence, the Signal Processing Laboratory. 

Marja-Leena Linne
Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha

UCLM is a young university. From its foundation (1985), UCLM has grown at a high rate, attracting qualified human resources and providing the people in the region with high education skills. UCLM integrates 36 academic departments offering 45 degree qualifications. UCLM has two peculiar features: a) it is multi-disciplinary, undertaking work in practically all branches of knowledge; and b) its activities are very wide-ranging, embracing the spectrum from basic research to technological development. Moreover, promoting collaborations between industry and academia and favoring the dissemination of technological advances are part of our University's missions, demonstrating the strong commitment that UCLM has with the productive sectors of the region. The Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office is the structure within the University that strongly collaborates in this task. A total of 17 R&D contracts were managed under the 6th Framework Programme (FP6), and there are 35 approved projects under FP7 and CIP, not to mention other European and international programmes such as Interreg, JPEN or COST, as well as collaboration with NIH and other USA programmes, inter alia, all of which are managed under supervision and collaboration of the European Projects Office at UCLM.

Rafael Lujan
Universitaet Basel
× partner n 101 switzerland

Universitaet Basel

The city of Basel is home to the oldest university in Switzerland. Founded upon the initiative of local citizens in 1460, the University of Basel is a modern and attractive centre of teaching, learning, and research situated in the heart of the historic old town.


The University of Basel provides committed individuals from all over the world with a strong academic community and an inspiring work environment. The University of Basel has full university status. It offers degree programmes across the arts and sciences, ranging from Archaeology to Zoology. One of our distinctive strengths is the focus on «Culture» and «Life Sciences.» Comprising 9’000 undergraduate and 2’000 postgraduate and doctoral students, the University of Basel is comparatively small by European standards. 320 professors and 1’300 academic staff are dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering independent thinking and socially responsible action. We are proud of our high female student roll (55%) – tending upwards – and an increasing number of international students (20%). Our mission is to accomplish first-class research, teaching, and public service. The University of Basel ranks among the world’s one hundred best universities and boast a top-ten place among German-speaking universities

Torsten Schwede
Universitaet Bielefeld
× partner n 102 germany

Universitaet Bielefeld

Interdisciplinary - Communicative – Innovative

Bielefeld University was founded in 1969 with an explicit research assignment and a mission to provide high-quality research-oriented teaching. Today it encompasses 13 faculties covering a broad spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technology. With about 21,500 students in 105 degree courses and about 2,750 staff members (including 264 professors and lecturers as well as 1,380 academic staff) it is one of Germany's medium-sized universities.

Since its foundation the University has been guided by the paradigm of interdisciplinarity, as today's complex problems can no longer be adequately tackled through mono-disciplinary approaches alone. Here interdisciplinarity stands for a spectrum of multiperspectival approaches of different kinds and intensities. As the architectural expression of its interdisciplinarity, the University unites - uniquely in Germany - almost all its departments in a single building. This striking structure brings people working in different disciplines together in close proximity. The culture of communication fostered between students and teaching staff as well as between researchers, management, and administration is characterised by great openness towards new and unconventional ideas. This culture formed the backdrop to important course-setting decisions and has contributed decisively to the University's successes. The establishment of the Faculty of Technology in 1990 and of the Faculty of Health Sciences - the only such Faculty of its kind in Germany - in 1994 are both prominent examples of the University's capacity for institutional renewal.

The University's research profile pursues major scientifically and socially relevant themes, focusing primarily on the extremely productive interfaces between disciplines. In teaching as well, Bielefeld University stands out through its specific, transdisciplinary, and highly networked profile.

Ulrich Rueckert
Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf

The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) is the largest hospital in Hamburg. Each year the medical centre treats approximately 50,000 inpatients, 250,000 outpatients, and 50,000 emergency patients. As a university hospital, UKE offers patients a complete range of treatment options while implementing new research ideas and approaches for the diagnosis and therapy of diseases. The range of medical care extends from overall diagnostic services to highly specialized and complex treatments necessary for uncommon diseases. Work in the Department of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology (led by Prof. Andreas K. Engel) focuses on cognitive and sensorimotor functions, which are studied in humans and animal models using neurophysiological and neuroimaging techniques. The group is addressing the neural mechanisms underlying perceptual integration, sensorimotor integration, multisensory interactions, attentional control, response selection, perceptual decision making, agency, social cognition and awareness. Further topics of interest include the role of synchrony in sensorimotor transformations (which convert signals from various sensory modalities into motor commands), establishing links between synchrony and perceptual states, cross-species comparison of synchronization phenomena, and the study of synchronization mechanisms (carried out via recordings in transgenic mice). To understand the mechanisms of cross-modal binding, the group has developed computational models of networks of coupled oscillators. Research of the group also focuses on the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia and autism. Another key aim of the group is interdisciplinary work linking neurophysiology, neuroimaging and technical applications (neuroprosthetics, brain-computer-interfaces, neurorobotics).

Andreas Karl Engel
Universite d'Aix Marseille
× partner n 104 france

Universite d'Aix Marseille

AMU comes from the merging in January 2012 of the three pre-existing Universities in the geographic area of Aix-Marseille (South-Eastern France). Following this merging, AMU is now the largest university in France in terms of student number (71 000 including 4000 PhD Student), personal staff (7500 persons including faculty and research) and budget (650 million-euros). It is composed of 132 research units distributed over 5 campus, and has a long tradition of excellence in a large spectrum of activities (science, economics, health and biomedical research, law, environment, art etc.) with 12 PhD schools.

Viktor Jirsa
Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1

Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1 (UJF) is located in the middle of the Rhône-Alpes region, 2nd French region in terms of research activities.

UJF is a research intensive university in an international and high tech environment:
-19 000 full time students, of which 1 200 doctoral students which enhanced nearly 300 theses submitted each year ;
- 2 400 lecturers and researchers and a similar number of administrative and technical staff
- 70 laboratories and 10 doctoral studies organised in four core areas: Mathematics- Information sciences-Technologies-Communication; Chemistry-Life sciences-Health-Biotechnologies; Material sciencesNanosciences-Engineering; Earth-Universe-EnvironmentHumanities ;
- major international and national research centres are located in the Grenoble area as ESRF, ILL, EMBL, CEA ;
- a high density of multinational firms in fields such as nano and micro-electronics and biotechnologies (ST microelectronics, Hewlett-Packard, Becton Dickinson, Schneider Electric, Roche Diagnostics, BioMerieux) ;
- three major science parks (MINATEC, BIOPOLIS, MINALOGIC). More specifically, UJF has a great experience in European framework programmes (FP). 7 staff personals are directly connected to European research projects at UJF (full or part-time of their activity): 3 at the European office; 3 at the financial office and 1 at the personnel department.

The Grenoble Institut des Neurosciences (GIN) which is part of UJF will be involved in the HBP project. The GIN opened in 2007 and gathers 13 different research teams (INSERM, CEA, Hospital, and Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1) to develop a multidisciplinary approach to Neuroscience. It is aimed to become one of the most attractive research centres in Neuroscience in Europe. Because of the expertise and focus of the different candidate teams, research programs from basic science to clinical applications and therapeutics are conducted to address paradigms concerning diseases such as cancers, Parkinson's, epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer's and schizophrenia. To this end, a multidisciplinary approach to cellular and molecular neuroscience, neuroimaging and integrative Neuroscience is developed.

Philippe Kahane
Université Lyon 1 Claude Bernard
× partner n 106 france

Université Lyon 1 Claude Bernard

Created in January 2011, the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center(CRNL) integrates the multidisciplinary expertise of 370 members (11 teams) for a synergistic approach of brain organization, cognitive functions and mental states, and of related brain disorders.The neural substrates of brain functions, such as perception and action, attention, memory and learning, sleep and vigilance, emotion and social cognition, are investigated along two entwined strategic directions: from genes and cells to behavior and cognition, and from bench to patient. Aiming at a comprehensive understanding of these complex brain functions, a multiscale integrated approach is pursued in animal models and humans. Tackling brain dysfunction means deciphering the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms from the molecular/cellular level up to neural network organization and behavior, and translating this knowledge to new diagnostic markersand to innovative therapies

Jean-Philippe Lachaux
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6

Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) stands for French excellence in science and medicine. UPMC participates in the development of high-level research, as proven by its many international prizes and medals and its collaboration with more than one hundred international universities. The University has seven teaching and research departments in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine, physics, and life, earth, environmental and biodiversity sciences. UPMC also includes the Ecole polytechnique universitaire, the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, the Institut Henri Poincaré and three marine stations. In 1968, the Paris Faculty of Science was divided into a number of different universities. Created in 1971, Université Paris 6 was the principal heir, and in 1974 it chose a prestigious patron by adopting the official name Université Pierre et Marie Curie. It continuously strives to perpetuate the scientific legacy of its illustrious forebears. Today, the largest scientific and medical complex in France is active in all fields of research and has achieved an outstanding reputation. 

SP4 SP11
Olivier Marre
Ryad Benosman
Universiteit Maastrich
× partner n 108 netherlands

Universiteit Maastrich

Maastricht University (UM) has almost 16,000 students and 4,000 staff and offers a wide choice of academic programmes. Maastricht University has used Problem-Based Learning (PBL) ever since it was founded in 1976 and has been an expert in this field for over 35 years. PBL is more than just acquiring knowledge; it's about exchanging knowledge in a challenging and effective way. Researchers at UM work in multidisciplinary teams and in close cooperation with international institutes, business and industry. Maastricht University's research portfolio continues to attract national and international top researchers. UM can easily call itself the most international university in the Netherlands as almost 45% of its students and more than 30% of the teaching staff come from abroad. Most of UM's programmes are taught in English and European and international themes are deeply rooted in research and education. 

Rainer Goebel
Peter de Weerd
Universiteit van Amsterdam
× partner n 109 netherlands

Universiteit van Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has a rich history dating back to 1632, when its forerunner, the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre, was established. Today, with some 30,000 students, 5,000 staff, more than 100 nationalities and a budget of more than 600 million euros, it is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted at seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad. UvA's fundamental research is ranked among the world's best. Its diverse application-oriented research programmes are often multidisciplinary and focused on societal issues.

Tobias H. Donner
University of Leeds
× partner n 110 united kingdom

University of Leeds

Established in 1904, the University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest universities, world famous for its teaching and research and located in the heart of a vibrant, affordable and student-friendly city. The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities, part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) which comprises 18 research-intensive institutions spanning six continents and in the top 100 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2013).

  • 33,000 students from over 145 countries

  • Our single site campus is a ten-minute walk from Leeds city centre

  • The Edge is our state-of-the-art fitness, sport and well-being facility, which includes a 25m eight lane swimming pool and the largest fitness suite of any UK university

  • New undergraduate library opening spring 2015, with 1,000 study spaces

  • The students' union is one of the best in the country with more than 350 clubs and societies

  • More National Teaching Fellowships awarded to our staff than any other English university

  • We are a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities

  • We are a top 10 university for research in the UK according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise

  • We are part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), which comprises 19 research-intensive institutions spanning six continents

  • The University of Leeds is one of the top ten universities targeted by Britain’s top graduate employers in 2012-13, according to the influential High Fliers report.

  • Leeds is ranked in the top 100 in the world - QS world ranking.

  • Number 1 for international student satisfaction in the Russell Group.

Marc de Kamps
University of Surrey
× partner n 111 united kingdom

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey (UoS) is one of the UK’s leading
professional, scientific and technological universities with over
fifteen thousand students and four hundred research active members of
academic staff. Surrey ranked 6th in the UK in the Guardian League
Table and 12th in the Times Good University Guide in 2014 as well as
achieving 39th position in the prestigious Top 100 List of the world’s
most international universities, part of the Times Higher Education
(THE) World University rankings for 2013-14. Surrey has recently been
awarded the European Commission’s ‘HR Excellence in Research’
badge. Eleven of Surrey’s subjects achieved top ten rankings in the
2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and 99% of our research was
rated as world-leading, internationally excellent, or recognised
either nationally or internationally. Surrey has one of the highest
rates of participation in European Commission funded projects across
the EU and within the UK. There have been more than 170 EC projects
funded at Surrey, worth around €70M in total.

Andre Gruning
University of Sussex
× partner n 112 united kingdom

University of Sussex

The University of Sussex was the first of the new wave of UK
universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in
August 1961. 50 years on, Sussex has become a
leading teaching and research institution.

Sussex is a leading research university, as reflected in the 2008
Research Assessment Exercise. Over 90 per cent of Sussex research
activity was rated as world leading, internationally excellent or
internationally recognised, confirming the University among the
leading 30 research universities in the UK, on a simple average across
all scores.

The University of Sussex has over 13,000 students, of which over a
third are postgraduates. Creative thinking, pedagogic diversity,
intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been
fundamental to a Sussex education.

Sussex has developed a reputation for innovation and inspiration, and
attracts leading thinkers and researchers. We have over 2,100 staff,
including around 540 teaching and research staff, and 270
research-only staff. It has counted three Nobel Prize winners, 13
Fellows of the Royal Society, six Fellows of the British Academy and a
winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize on our faculty.

From its foundation, Sussex has had an international perspective to
its academic activities and its outlook. The University attracts staff
and students to its campus from over 120 different countries across
the world. Nearly a third of staff come from outside the UK.  Research
at the University of Sussex tackles major world issues, with leading
areas of expertise such as climate change, development studies and
Neuroscience. The University has extensive links with many
institutions worldwide, such as Peking University, National Taiwan
University and the Harvard-Sussex programme.

Thomas Nowotny
Les Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
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Les Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève

In Switzerland, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) is the premier teaching hospital, fulfilling a triple mission: to provide treatment, enable training and develop clinical research projects. As a general public hospital, the HUG plays the role of a community hospital and represents an important national and international centre of excellence.

Together with the Faculty of Medicine, the HUG has achieved a recognised level of excellence in many areas of cutting-edge medicine:

  • Cardiovascular diseases

  • Complex disorders in children and adolescents

  • Diabetes and diseases of the liver and pancreas

  • Genetic medicine

  • Neuroscience

  • Oncology.

Key fields of its expertise include cardiac surgery, early detection of genetic predisposition to cancer, handling strokes or cerebrovascular accidents, deep brain stimulation, surgical treatment of epilepsy, Down’s syndrome (trisomy 21) and vaccinology.

Worth a total of CHF 317 million, the technical support facilities of the HUG are among the most modern in Europe. They include: 39 operating theatres, 2 surgical robots and 5 surgical navigation systems, 13 angiography, endoscopy
and catheterization rooms, 43 medical imaging appliances and
5 radiation treatment machines.

With the CHUV, collaborations in clinical research and cutting-edge medicine mainly centre on transplantation, neurosurgery, forensic medicine, hyperbaric medicine, cochlear implants, pediatric cardiac surgery and the care of third-degree burns patients. The aim is to offer patients in the French-speaking part of Switzerland the full range of specialist care. The HUG explores other partnerships with the University hospitals, engineering colleges and major industrial players.

Founded in 1995, the HUG comprises eight public hospitals and 40 outpatient clinics and is also one of the Canton of Geneva’s largest employers, with over 10 000 staff and 180 job categories. HUG’s geographical location gives it a window on the world. HUG is engaged in active cooperation with the World Health Organization and coordinates more than 50 projects worldwide.

Giovanni Frisoni