116 Partners in 19 countries in Europe and around the world


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. 

SP1 SP4 SP5 SP6 SP7 SP8 SP9 SP10 SP11
Marc-Oliver GEWALTIG
Jean-Denis COURCOL
Katrien VAN LOOK
Catherine ZWAHLEN
Anastasia AILAMAKI
Silvestro MICERA
Michael HERZOG
Pascal FUA
× 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.

Academisch Ziekenhuis Leiden
× partner n 3 netherlands

Academisch Ziekenhuis Leiden

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.

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.

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.

Bauhaus Universität Weimar
× partner n 6 denmark

Bauhaus Universität Weimar

With faculties and a reasearch of study such as Architecture and Urbanism, Civil Engineering, Art and Design and Media, the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar has a distinctive identity. Today the University offers an extensive spectrumofinstructionwithabout 40 coursesofstudy, includingfineart, design, visualcommunication, media design, mediastudies, architecture, civilengineering, materialsscience, processingtechnology, environmentandmanagement. The term »Bauhaus« standsfor an eagernesstoexperiment, openness, creativity and internationality in the unique, cultural city of Weimar. Some of themost significant chapters of art and architectural history were written here.
Bergische Universität Wuppertal
× partner n 7 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.

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).

Cardiff University
× partner n 9 united kingdom

Cardiff University

 The MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (MRC CNGG) brings together world-leading researchers to investigate the major causes of mental health problems. Established in 2009, we are Wales' first MRC Centre and the largest psychiatric genetics group in the UK. We use our clinical, genomic, statistical and bioinformatic expertise to tackle the challenges posed by psychiatric, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, with the aim of informing better diagnosis and treatment for the future. We have a strong track record of translating our research findings into direct benefit for patients, policy and practice, as demonstrated by our strong performance in the latest Research Excellency Framework (REF 2014) which rated 90% of our research as 'outstanding' with regards to impact. Our research themes included: psychosis and major affective disorders, developmental disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, biostatistics and bioinformatics, models and mechanisms, neuropsychiatric imaging and the National Centre for Mental Health.
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.

Richard LAVERY
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.

Jean-François MANGIN
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.

Leonardo SACCONI
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. 

Giovanni ERBACCI
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
× partner n 14 denmark

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

Founded in 1829 with the view to create value and benefit society, DTU is an international elite technical university whose social value creation and activities in education, scientific advice, and innovation rests on a solid foundation of world-class research.   The University is among the world’s most innovative universities and is renowned for its ability to translate research into new technologies through close collaboration between academic, commercial, and public partners.   DTU is at the academic and multidisciplinary forefront within the technical and the natural sciences, with special focus on a number of internationally demanding engineering disciplines, including sustainable energy technology and life science. Study programmes are designed to stimulate analytical thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Coupled with solid academic knowledge these qualifications will enable DTU graduates to help solve the challenges of the modern, globalized world.
Debreceni Egyetem
× partner n 15 hungary

Debreceni Egyetem

The Department of Anatomy, histology and Embryology is a research oriented unit of the Medical Faculty of University of Debrecen. Our research activities are based on a solid background established by our excellent and internationally recognized research teams. The individual state of the art laboratories within the Department benefit greatly from close interactions and collaborations with colleagues working on cell and tissue biology, developmental biology and neurosciences. Our interdisciplinary approaches are coupled to a working atmosphere rich in enthusiasm, sense of free inquiry and passion for scientific discovery. We are highly rated both for both teaching quality and research and offer all our students the opportunity to receive a first class education.
De Montfort University
× partner n 16 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
Ecole Normale Superieure
× partner n 17 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.

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.

Fonden Teknologirådet
× partner n 19 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. 

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
× partner n 20 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.

Markus AXER
Joachim LÜBKE
Sonya GRÜN
Fortiss GmbH
× partner n 21 germany

Fortiss GmbH

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.

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.

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.

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.

Helsingin yliopisto
× partner n 25 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
× partner n 26 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
Hospices Cantonaux CHUV
× partner n 27 switzerland

Hospices Cantonaux CHUV

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.

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
  Imperial College London is one of the world's leading universities. The College's 16,000 students and 8,000 staff are expanding the frontiers of knowledge in science, medicine, engineering and business, and translating their discoveries into benefits for society.   Founded in 1907, Imperial builds on a distinguished past - having pioneered penicillin, holography and fibre optics - to shape the future. Imperial researchers work across disciplines to improve health and wellbeing, understand the natural world, engineer novel solutions and lead the data revolution. This blend of academic excellence and its real-world application feeds into Imperial's exceptional learning environment, where students participate in research to push the limits of their degrees.   Imperial collaborates widely to achieve greater impact. It works with the NHS to improve healthcare in west London, is a leading partner in research and education within the European Union, and is the UK's number one research collaborator with China.   Imperial has nine London campuses, including its White City Campus: a research and innovation centre that is in its initial stages of development in west London. At White City, researchers, businesses and higher education partners will co-locate to create value from ideas on a global scale.
Institut de Cerveau et de Moelle Epiniere

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.

Alexis BRICE
Institute of Experimental Medicine - Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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.

Szabolcs KÁLI
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.

Institut Jozef Stefan
× partner n 32 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.

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
Institut Pasteur
× partner n 34 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.

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Jean-Pierre G. CHANGEUX
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 für 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
Karolinska Institutet
× partner n 37 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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King's College London
× partner n 38 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.

Nikolas ROSE
Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan
× partner n 39 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.

Laboratorio Europeo di Spettroscopie Non Lineari

LENS was born as an European scientific research centre providing advanced laser and spectroscopic facilities for researchers from European countries and promoting and facilitating the exchange of ideas, scientific techniques, and technical skills. Several European universities have participated in the organization of LENS, through agreements with the University of Florence. LENS is directed by an Executive Council, nominated by the participating European institutions, that elects the Director and the Associate Director. The Executive Council is assisted in the planning of the scientific program of LENS by a Scientific Advisory Board, formed by an international panel of experts. The senior research staff of LENS consists of professors from the university of Florence and from other associated universities.

Francesco PAVONE
× partner n 41 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.

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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
Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon

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. 

Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet

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.

Hans Ekkehard PLESSER
Österreichische Studiengesellschaft für Kybernetik
Established in 1984 with support of the then Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research, OFAI currently employs 22 researchers, plus several scientists from universities on a contractual basis. It has longstanding experience in cooperating with research institutions, SMEs and industry. For example, it has already successfully completed 32 EC-sponsored multinational research projects, either as a partner or as the coordinator. The Institute undertook research in the areas of language technology, machine learning, interaction technologies, and intelligent software agents from the very beginning, and later also focused on the emotional and social aspects of these research areas, and their embodiment in robots. Studying results of brain research and cognitive science further influenced our work considerably. Research topics that are related to the HBP in particular include: “consciousness and awareness: functions, theories, and models”, “spatial memory and navigation ability in a physically embodied cognitive architecture”, “hierarchies in spatial memory models”, “la revolution bayésienne and physically embodied cognitive architectures”, “social human- robot interaction”, “ethical systems for robots”, and “robots for domestic applications, especially for ambient assisted living”. Some of these are currently underway, others are planned for the future.
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
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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Karlheinz MEIER
Sabanci Üniversitesi
× partner n 48 turkey

Sabanci Üniversitesi

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
Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA, 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 ( 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
Silvestro MICERA
Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica
× partner n 50 netherlands

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.
Stichting Katholieke Universiteit
× partner n 51 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.

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."

Technical University of Crete
× partner n 53 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.

Technische Universität Dresden
× partner n 54 germany

Technische Universität 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
Christian MAYR
Technische Universität Graz
× partner n 55 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
Technische Universitaet München
× partner n 56 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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Tel Aviv University
× partner n 57 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.  

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University of Oxford
× partner n 59 united kingdom

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.
The 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.

The University Court of the University of Aberdeen
Established in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest in the UK and is consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities.   Renowned for its world-leading research in health, energy, food and nutrition and environmental and biological sciences, 76% of research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ through the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)  ith a community of students and staff covering 120 nationalities, the University of Aberdeen is renowned for its international outlook, and in 2016 was ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 40 of the world’s 200 ‘most international universities’, making it the second highest Scottish university to be included in the rankings. In July 2016 the University was named among the top five universities in the UK for graduate employment with 96.6%.
The University of Edinburgh
× partner n 62 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 ( has generated a large amount of data and tools that are freely available and an education and public understanding website ( 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.

The University of Manchester
× partner n 63 united kingdom

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, with outstanding facilities and the widest range of courses. We are highly respected across the globe as a centre of teaching excellence and innovative research.

With 25 Nobel prize winners among our current and former staff and students, we have a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries, from splitting the atom to giving the world graphene.

We’re committed to world-class research, an outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility in everything we do.

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Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
× partner n 64 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 CLASCÁ
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 LUJÁN
Universidad de Granada
× partner n 66 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
Universidade Do Minho
× partner n 67 portugal

Universidade Do Minho

University of Minho aims to be a University without walls, focusing on the regional, national and international socioeconomic environment. UMinho is a research University, engaged in the valorization of the chain Knowledge-Research, D&I as evidenced by a series of indicators. The ratio between PhD students and academic staff is over 1; the fraction of postgraduate students in the total student population is over 20%; the ratio between research projects and PhDs is over 0.5; around 150 PhDs are awarded every year; the average yearly production of refereed papers in scientific journals is impressive for an eclectic University: above 2/FTE/year; citations are strongly increasing every year; 250 R&D contracts are signed yearly with companies. Amongst the 28 UMinho Research Units evaluated by FCT in 2014, 1 was considered Exceptional, 10 Excellent and 11 Very Good. UMinho ranked 3rd in the Portuguese (PT) entities that managed more funds in the FP7, keeping that position in terms of PT Universities under H2020. There are presently 2 ERC Advanced Grants running, as well as a participation in another, which resulted in a funding of 5.8 MEuros. UMinho is also the only University in Europe that leads all Widening types of instruments: TEAMING, TWINNING, ERA-Chairs and previously REGPOT, corresponding to around 7 MEuros of UMinho funding. The EC also approved a FET project: Graphene Future Emerging Technology Flagship, where UMinho is the only PT University to be part of the Main Consortium. In the context of H2020, UMinho has seen already approved 23 projects, coordinating 6 of those. UMinho has taken on major involvement in connection with the socio-economic fabric, particularly in terms of innovation and technological development. In this context it is important the enhancement of knowledge based on intellectual property management, an area where UMinho is one of the PT Universities with more registered patents. UMinho runs a project in collaboration with BOSCH – HMIEXEL "critical R&D around the development and production of advanced multimedia solutions for automotive cycle", which is one of the largest ever Academia-Industry collaboration projects in Portugal. UMinho is one of the world's best universities under 50 years. In 2015 UMinho climbed 11 places in the world ranking Times Higher Education 100 under 50 and maintained, for the third consecutive year, the leadership among PT universities. UMinho is also the best PT university in the global ranking of Times Higher Education, which lists the 400 best universities in the world. It is also very well classified in the various parameters of the 2015 CWTS Leiden ranking, the most prestigious bibliometric ranking worldwide. UMinho also ranks second among the PT higher education institutions in the global ranking U-Multirank 2015, having 11 indicators classified with full marks (category A - Very Good), highlighting the dimensions of research, internationalization and regional involvement.
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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. 

Vicente MARTIN
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
× partner n 69 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.

Universita degli Studi di Pavia
× partner n 70 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. 

Universität Bern
× partner n 71 switzerland

Universität 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 Bielefeld
× partner n 72 germany

Universität 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.

Universitätsklinikum Aachen
× partner n 73 germany

Universitätsklinikum Aachen

The Uniklinik RWTH Aachen is a modern centre for high performance medicine. Under its roof are combined patient-oriented medical treatment, efficient teaching and innovative research on an international level. The 34 clinics, 27 institutes and five interdisciplinary units cover the entire spectrum of modern medicine. Highly qualified teams of physicians, nurses and researchers are competently committed and dedicated to the health of our patients. The proximity of medical treatment, research and teaching offers the best requirements for an intensive interdisciplinary exchange and close clinical and academic integration. Approximately 1,400 beds are available for in-patient medical care. Yearly more than 45,000 in-patients and approx. 200,000 ambulatory patients benefit from the highest standards of medical treatment. The Uniklinik Aachen is home of the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen University.
Universitätsklinikum 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 ENGEL
Universität Zürich
× partner n 75 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.

Universitat de Barcelona
× partner n 76 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.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
× partner n 77 spain

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF, 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
Universite d'Aix Marseille
× partner n 78 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 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-François DARTIGUES
Universiteit Antwerpen
× partner n 80 belgium

Universiteit Antwerpen

 The University of Antwerp is a research university where pioneering, innovative research is conducted at an international level. Research and education are closely linked. Educational innovation is a constant focus, and special care is also taken to welcome and guide each of the 20,000 students spread across our nine faculties.   The University of Antwerp is not an island: we build bridges to secondary education, to industry and, by extension, to society as a whole. With over 5,000 members of staff, the University of Antwerp is one of the most important employers in Antwerp, Flanders’ largest city.
Universitetet i Oslo
× partner n 81 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.

University College London
× partner n 82 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.

Francesca CACUCCI
Uppsala Universitet
× partner n 83 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
Weizmann Institute of Science
× partner n 84 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.

Technische Universität Darmstadt
× partner n 85 denmark

Technische Universität Darmstadt

The objective of the Laboratory for Parallel Programming is to develop solutions that support simulation scientists in exploiting massive parallelism on modern architectures. The laboratory specializes in programming tools for application performance analysis and modeling, data-race detection, and parallelism discovery. Further topics include parallel algorithms and cluster resource management. One of the laboratory’s key projects is Scalasca (, a performance-analysis tool for large-scale parallel applications, which is being jointly developed with the Jülich Supercomputing Centre. Recent contributions of the laboratory to Scalasca are related to automated performance modeling and requirements engineering for HW/SW co-design.
Felix WOLF
Université de Genève
× partner n 86 switzerland

Université de Genève

The Academy of Geneva was o cially founded in 1559 by two eminent Reformers, Jean Calvin and Théodore de Bèze, and was then renamed University of Geneva (UNIGE) in 1873. For the last four and a half centuries, the Alma mater has at- tracted students and researchers to Geneva from all over the world. The UNIGE is currently (2015-2019) run by Rector Yves Flückiger, Professor of Eco- nomics.
University of Glasgow
× partner n 87 united kingdom

University of Glasgow

The Muckli Group is part of the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, and the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi). The CCNi is equipped with 3T fMRI, MEG, TMS, EEG, and MRI- compatible EEG. By the end of 2016, the University of Glasgow will open an Imaging Centre of Excellence, including 7T fMRI. The Muckli group studies visual and cognitive neurosciences using fMRI. They measure the role of cortical feedback in prediction, using retinotopic mapping to identify regions of V1 receiving no sensory stimulation, to isolate feedback. They use multivariate pattern classification to decode the information content of top-down signals to distinct cortical layers.
Medical Research Council
× partner n 88 united kingdom

Medical Research Council

The MRC Programme “Object vision and population-code representation” was launched in 2009 under the leadership of Dr Nikolaus Kriegeskorte. The Programme uses a combination of computational modelling, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and cell recording to understand how humans perceive the visual world and recognise objects.
University of Hamburg
× partner n 89 germany

University of Hamburg

Numbering around 41,000 students, with some 5,000 international students from over 130 countries, Universität Hamburg is one of the largest higher education institutions in Germany. The University unites diverse teaching and excellent research. With more than 170 degree programs, Universität Hamburg offers all the disciplines associated with a comprehensive university across its eight faculties: Law; Economics and Social Sciences; Medicine; Education; Psychology and Human Movement Science; Humanities; Mathematics, Informatics and the Natural Sciences. Universität Hamburg is committed to the idea of sustainable science and scholarship. The Center for a Sustainable University (KNU) functions as an academic platform for interdisciplinary concepts and procedures relating to sustainability. All these measures are guided by the University's avowal to pursue the motto inscribed above the entrance of the Main Building donated by businessman Edmund Siemers: "To Research, To Teach, To Educate and Form."
Brigitte RODER
Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
× partner n 90 germany

Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin

Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin Humboldt-Universitaet was founded in 1810 according to the concept which Wilhelm von Humboldt had put forward, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin was the "mother of all modern universities".  29 Nobel Price Winners who worked at Humboldt-Universitaet have contributed to the international acclaim of its research. With more than 430 professors and 38.000 students it covers all the major academic disciplines in the Arts and Humanities, in Social Science, Cultural Science, Human Medicine, Agricultural Science, Mathematics, Economics and Law and the Natural Sciences. In an international comparison, Humboldt-Universitaet ranks among the top ten of German universities. Scientists here research socially relevant topics and challenges of the future and communicate these with the public. Humboldt-Universitaet invests all its energy in being a place of excellent research and teaching. Its aim is to promote young talents and to positively influence society and economy outside the university framework. The University's success in continuing or resuming traditional partnerships and the interest shown by renowned universities from all over the world show that Humboldt-Universitaet plays an important and accepted role in the global scientific dialogue.
Matthew LARKUM
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.

Christiaan LEVELT
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
The National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) is the Italian research agency dedicated to the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the laws that govern them. The INFN community is made of some 5,000 researchers working within a framework of international competition and in close collaboration with numerous research centers worldwide. They conduct theoretical and experimental research in the fields of subnuclear, nuclear and astroparticle physics. Fundamental research in these areas requires the use of cutting-edge technology and instruments, developed by the INFN at its own laboratories and in collaboration with industries, including parallel and distributed computing, and cyber-physical interfaces. Since 1984, the APE lab of INFN designed and developed several generation of parallel/distributed computers, including the APE, APE100, APEmille, APEnext systems, based on custom interconnects and processors.
Pier Stanislao PAOLUCCI
Consorci Institut D'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer
The Consorci Institut D'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) is a public research centre dedicated to translational research in the field of biomedicine. Its mission is to integrate state of the art basic research and quality clinical research. Founded in 1996, IDIBAPS is formed by the Government of Catalonia, the University of Barcelona's Faculty of Medicine (UB), the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (HCB) and the Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques de Barcelona of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (IIBB-CSIC). The IDIBAPS community consists of more than 1,000 professionals, including researchers and management and support staff, working to improve people’s health. See more at  .
Maria Victoria SANCHEZ-VIVES
Università degli Studi di Milano
The mission of the University of Milan, established in 1924, is to contribute to society through the pursuit of teaching/education and research at the highest international levels of excellence. It is the only Italian member among the 21 prestigious Universities of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). With a teaching staff of about 2.200 tenured professors and with almost 60.000 students, the University of Milan is the largest university in Lombardy, one of the most dynamic and internationally-oriented EU regions.  The University of Milan offers several study programmes covering three macro-disciplinary areas: i) Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, ii) Medicine and Healthcare, iii) Natural Sciences.The broad range of subjects taught, in the running 79 Undergraduate programmes, 57 Master programmes, 9 Single-cycle programmes, 21 Doctoral Schools, and several Advanced Vocational programmes, attracts students from all of Italy and the whole world. In addition to its excellent level of education, the University of Milan has an established reputation as one of the institutions most strongly committed to basic and applied research in Europe.
Fundació Institut de Bioingenieria de Catalunya
IBEC ( is a research institute covering most bioengineering fields, from basic research to medical applications, aiming to act as an international reference in this field. IBEC was established in 2005 by the Government of Catalonia, the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and is located at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) sharing also facilities with the Bellvitge University Hospital (BUH). IBEC hosts around 250 researchers and technicians from 20 different countries, working in a truly interdisciplinary environment such as engineering, physics and biology, which are part of its own staff or are associated to the UB and UPC or coming from different recruitment programs of research staff (e.g. ICREA and others). The knowledge that exists within the IBEC research groups is structured in three broad areas: nanomedicine, cellular and tissue engineering and ICT for health. IBEC has participated in more than 30 EU research projects, including 9 ERCs projects, and has been involved in coordination actions such as EURONANOBIO, Nano2market or the High-Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies on Nanobiotechnology, in addition to be Core member of the EIT-Health initiative. Morevoer, IBEC is one of the Spanish research centres of excellence awarded with the ‘Severo Ochoa’ grant.
Istituto Superiore di Sanità
× partner n 96 italy

Istituto Superiore di Sanità

The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian National Institute of Health, ISS) is the leading public technical-scientific body of the Italian National Health Service, and is committed to research, surveillance, counselling and training for public health. ISS was established over 80 years ago in Rome, hosted in the past century three Nobel prize winners and has now more than 2000 employees. ISS performs cross-cutting research activity in biomedicine on a range of topics including neuroscience, oncology and molecular and cell biology, exploiting an interdisciplinary environment distributed across 7 departments and 8 national centres. The Institute plans, implements and evaluates international health projects, and actively promotes international cooperation. The Unit of Complex Systems Modelling of the Department of Technologies and Health covers a range of cross-disciplinary research subjects, grounded in competences in theoretical and computational physics. The main scientific contributions of the Unit in neuroscience originate from the study of the collective dynamics of neuronal networks, from which innovative theory-inspired analyses have been developed to characterize the evoked and spontaneous activity of in vivo and in vitro cortical cell assemblies.
Maurizio MATTIA
Université de Liege
× partner n 97 belgium

Université de Liege

The only complete public university in the Belgian French-speaking community, the University of Liège prides itself on its pluralistic vision and on its pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and innovation. With a student body numbering 20,000 and a staff of 4300, 2800 of whom are teachers or researchers, ULg offers diversified courses of study (38 bachelor's, 193 master's, and 68 advanced master's programmes) and is intensely involved in international research programmes.  The Coma Science Group assesses the recovery of neurological disability and of neuronal plasticity in severely brain damaged patients with altered states of consciousness by means of multimodal functional neuroimaging It aims at characterizing the brain structure and the residual cerebral function in patients who survive a severe brain injury: patients in coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state and locked in syndrome as contrasted to pharmacologically modulated alterations of consciousness.
Universiteit van Amsterdam
× partner n 98 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.

Deutsches ZentruM fur Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen EV
The DZNE was established by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to bundle scientific resources on neurodegenerative diseases and to advance research results towards translational medicine. At nine high‐performing sites in Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Göttingen, Magdeburg, Munich, Rostock/Greifswald, Tübingen, and Witten DZNE researchers are investigating various brain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ataxia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and prion diseases. The core objectives are to understand the causes of and risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases, and to develop new therapeutic and preventive strategies by translating fundamental discoveries into clinical and public health applications. For that purpose, the DZNE closely works together with partners from universities, research institutions, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry.
University of Sheffield
× partner n 100 united kingdom

University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s 12 leading (Russell Group) Universities with major multi-departmental initiatives in Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Health Sciences, and Robotics. Sheffield Robotics (SR) combines many interdisciplinary research groups across two Sheffield Universities, is one of the leading institutes for robotics in the UK involving over one hundred researchers, and with collaborations with major companies including Schlumberger, Thales, Network Rail and Rolls Royce. A key theme of SR is the development of biomimetic robots both as a means to create useful assistive robot systems and to test theories in biology.
University of the West of England, Bristol
× partner n 101 united kingdom

University of the West of England, Bristol

The University of the West of England (UWE) is a modern, growing university in the thriving harbourside city of Bristol. UWE Bristol is one of Britain's most popular universities with over 27,000 students and 3,000 staff. Students come to UWE from all parts of the UK, as well as a significant and growing number of international students from over 140 countries worldwide. UWE is a multi-site university. It has three campuses in and around Bristol encompassing fourteen departments covering a wide range of disciplines and expertise. The University offers more than 600 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and short course levels, and prides itself on consistently high assessment scores for teaching quality. UWE has an active research community which makes a significant contribution to advances in industry, commerce, health and technology, both nationally and internationally.
Anthony PIPE
University of Surrey
× partner n 102 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.

× partner n 103 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
University of Leeds
× partner n 104 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.

Université 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. 

Olivier MARRE
University of Sussex
× partner n 106 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.

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
Université Lyon 1 Claude Bernard
× partner n 108 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
Politecnico di Torino
× partner n 109 italy

Politecnico di Torino

The Politecnico di Torino (, 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
Universiteit Gent
× partner n 110 belgium

Universiteit 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.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
× partner n 111 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.  

Universität Basel
× partner n 112 switzerland

Universität 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

Stichting VU-VUmc
× partner n 113 netherlands

Stichting VU-VUmc

The Mansvelder lab is one of the few in the world that study morphological and physiological properties of microcircuits in the human neocortex. In a series of papers, the Mansvelder lab published among the very first high quality and quantitative data sets on the physiology, morphology and plasticity of human pyramidal neurons and excitatory synapses in the human neocortex, along with careful comparisons to the rodent system from which most of our insights derive. In collaboration with Idan Segev's lab, the Mansvelder lab published the very first data driven models on the function of human neurons within the framework of HBP.
Institut Suisse de Bioinformatiquefondation ISB

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.

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.

Scuola Normale Superiore
× partner n 116 italy

Scuola Normale Superiore

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) ( 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.

Universiteit Maastrich
× partner n 117 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.