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, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). It conducts theoretical and experimental research in the fields of subnuclear, nuclear and astroparticle physics. All of the INFN’s research activities are undertaken within a framework of international competition, in close collaboration with Italian universities on the basis of solid academic partnerships spanning decades. 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. Groups from the Universities of Rome, Padua, Turin, and Milan founded the INFN on 8thAugust 1951 to uphold and develop the scientific tradition established during the 1930s by Enrico Fermi and his school, with their theoretical and experimental research in nuclear physics. In the latter half of the 1950s the INFN designed and built the first Italian accelerator, the electron synchrotron developed in Frascati, where its first national laboratory was set up. During the same period, the INFN began to participate in research into the construction and use of ever-more powerful accelerators being conducted by CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Geneva. Today the INFN employs some 5,000 scientists whose work is recognised internationally not only for their contribution to various European laboratories, but also to numerous research centres worldwide.




To meet its statutory mission of promoting the sciences in every respect, and in the awareness of its social, cultural and economic responsibility, the Academy promotes and conducts application-oriented basic research.

Renowned researchers from Austria and abroad have formed a comprehensive knowledge pool covering a wide array of disciplines for the sake of progress in science as a whole. All of the Academy's activities are closely networked at national, EU, and international level with university and non-university partners.

As a learned society, the Academy contributes decisively to assuring a highly competitive Austrian research, advising decision-makers in politics, business, and society on science-related issues while informing the interested public about major scientific discoveries. The Academy's members support this process by making their broad range of expertise available for the Academy's activities.

The Academy gives new impetus by taking up new, forward-looking research areas. Scientific quality, innovation potential and sustainability are the main criteria for the Academy's research profile. As centres of excellence, the Academy's research institutions must stand the test of international competition in the form of periodic evaluations.

The Academy offers fellowships to talented young scholars in promotion programmes that are committed exclusively on the standards of the international scientific community, thus giving highly qualified junior scientists and opportunity to develop scientific expertise. In granting awards, the Academy commends outstanding scientific achievements.




The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria´s second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here.

With some 31,500 students and 3,900 employees the University of Graz contributes significantly to the vibrating life of the Styrian capital. Its location in Europe encourages a lively scientific, economic and cultural exchange with South-East Europe, from which not only the city benefits, but also its educational institutions.




The University of Cyprus was established in 1989 and admitted its first students in 1992. It was founded in response to the growing intellectual needs of the Cypriot people, and is well placed to fulfil the numerous aspirations of the country.

The University is a vigorous community of scholars engaged in the generation and diffusion of knowledge. Despite its brief history, the University of Cyprus has earned the respect of the international academic community and the appreciation of Cypriot society.

Admission for the majority of undergraduate students is by entrance examinations organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, and the competition for places is approximately 10 to 1. A number of places are reserved for students with special needs or circumstances. Every effort is made to offer practical solutions to students facing specific problems, be it access to University facilities, or assistance on academic issues.

When the University of Cyprus first opened its doors to students, the incoming class consisted of 486 undergraduate students. During the academic year 2013-2014 there were 7048 students (undergraduate and postgraduate). There are 8 faculties , 22 departments and 11 research units at UCY.




Charles University in Prague was founded in 1348 and is one of the world's oldest universities. Today it has 17 faculties, 3 university institutes, 6 further centres for educational, scientific, research, development and other activities or for provision of information services, 5 university-wide special facilities and the Rectorate as the administrative centre of the whole university.

The university has more than 7,500 employees, 4,000 of these being academic and research staff. Over 51,000 students are studying at CU (which is roughly a sixth of all students in the Czech Republic), in more than 300 accredited degree programmes and 660 study disciplines. More than 18,000 are studying in bachelor's programmes, 25,000 in master's programmes and more than 7,000 in doctoral programmes. Over 6,000 students are from abroad.

Various courses in lifelong learning programmes organised by CU attract more than 15,000 people each year.

The university is dedicated to international co-operation with prestigious educational and research institutions. CU has signed a total of 450 bilateral agreements and 190 international partnership agreements with foreign universities.

Charles University is one of the world's top universities, a fact that has been confirmed repeatedly by the international university rankings. In the Shanghai University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, which evaluates 2,000 universities, Charles University was placed in the top 300 out of the total of 17,000 universities and colleges. Charles University is therefore among the 2% of the best universities and the 100 top European universities. It is the only Czech institution of higher education to be placed in the published list of 500 universities. The university fared just as successfully in The Times THES ranking, being paced 229th.

The status of Charles University can also be characterized by its income, which is roughly 8 billion Czech crowns per year. 45% of this amount comes from educational funding, 29% from competitive research grants, and 26% is its own income.

Charles University is an accredited public university, and so an autonomous scientific and educational establishment. Charles University is headed by a Rector, while the Academic Senate is its supreme self-regulating academic body. Its other organs include the Academic Council and bursar, and the Board of Directors which is responsible for the implementation of public interest in Charles University's policies. The Senate consisting of the prorectors, the bursar and the chancellor make up the advisory body of the rector. The deans are heads of faculties which enjoy a large measure of independence. Other component parts of Charles University are managed by their directors.




The Technical University of Liberec (TUL) is a dynamic university of medium size that joins forms of technical and university education. Within six faculties and a university institute, it offers a large spectrum of acquirements in technical, scientific, humanity as well as artistic and interdisciplinary study branches. We have well equipped laboratories and top quality teams of research workers for humanities.

The significance of TUL outreaches the region of Liberec and the Czech Republic as well. This is one of the reasons why, we receive applications from all over the Czech Republic and Slovakia. People do not only aspire the high-quality education but also to be able to study in a pleasant environment. Our university offers both.

The Technical University of Liberec reaches excellent results in the fields of science and research. As one of many examples, let us mention the world-wide unique discovery, the industrial manufacturing technology of nano-textiles. These results, well-known to the public, only increase the renowned reputation of our institution.

The Technical University of Liberec can also be proud of it's good social, cultural and sports background. Only a few universities can offer such broad sporting possibilities. The University Sports Complex is available, in addition to the excellent facilities in Liberec, and its surroundings, for summer and winter sports. As one of few universities TUL can satisfy all demands of accommodation in modern halls of residence.




Already a comprehensive university at its founding in 1457, the University of Freiburg still offers undergraduate and graduate studies as well as professorial qualification in all important disciplines today: the humanities, natural and engineering sciences, medicine, law, and theology. This diversity also provides an ideal environment for innovative interdisciplinary studies.

Many famous philosophers, top researchers, and Nobel laureates have taught and researched at the University of Freiburg. The university's recent success in the ''Excellence'' competitions, 2007 for research and 2009 for instruction, testifies to its position as one of the leading universities of the 21st century.




DESY is one of the world's leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life. The accelerators and detectors that DESY develops and builds are unique research tools. The facilities generate the world's most intense X-ray light, accelerate particles to record energies and open completely new windows onto the universe. That makes DESY not only a magnet for more than 3000 guest researchers from over 40 countries every year, but also a coveted partner for national and international cooperations. Committed young researchers find an exciting interdisciplinary setting at DESY. The research centre offers specialized training for a large number of professions. DESY cooperates with industry and business to promote new technologies that will benefit society and encourage innovations. This also benefits the metropolitan regions of the two DESY locations, Hamburg and Zeuthen near Berlin.




Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is one of the largest universities in Germany. With its five faculties, FAU offers an almost unique scope of subjects ranging from the Humanities to Law and Economics as well as Sciences, Medicine and Engineering. The close collaboration between the single disciplines is reflected by the University's Mission Statement "Advance through Networks". FAU thus offers perfect conditions for interdisciplinary research and learning to students and scientists alike.

Moreover, over the last decades, the University has established its reputation as a top-ranking institution in cutting-edge research. It is firmly anchored in a close network of interdisciplinary co-operations. These include partners from industry, specialised non-university research centre and a number of leading international universities.

Within the Metropolitan Region Nuremberg, FAU likewise plays an important role as employer, generator of innovations and centre for education. Due to the close connections between research and teaching, students at FAU receive a well-founded academic training in an inspiring environment.




The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres pursuing new insights that will allow us to maintain and improve all of our lives. That is why the HZDR conducts research in the sectors health, energy, and matter in Dresden and at three other locations. Three of our five large-scale facilities are also available to external guests from around the world to help answer the decisive questions of our society.

Establishing networks, focusing on the future, and thinking outside the box are all paramount to us. That's why we are supporting qualified young scientists and coordinating the Helmholtz Allicance LIMTECH, a Helmholtz Energy Alliance, two Helmholtz Virtual Institutes and a German-Russian research group. We are also actively involved in the Helmholtz Association's portfolio and roadmap process.




How will we live longer in future while remaining healthy as we age? How will we ensure our energy supply and protect the environment at the same time? What does our future as a knowledge society look like? In order to answer these pressing questions, society needs solutions from research solutions based on completely new ways of thinking that can only be achieved with cutting-edge research tools. Forschungszentrum Jü lich is concerned with these kinds of key technologies, whose benefits are not restricted to the specific needs of isolated disciplines, but instead open new doors for research as a whole. Jü lich, one of Europe's largest interdisciplinary research centres works with the best partners in science and industry to develop and build these key technologies, to use them for their own research, and make them available to science.




GSI operates a worldwide unique large-scale accelerator facility for heavy ions and currently employs about 1.100 people. In addition approximately 1.000 researchers from universities and other research institutes around the world use the facility for their experiments.

GSI is a limited liability company (Ger. GmbH). Associates are the German Federal Government (90 per cent), the State of Hessen (8 per cent), the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (1 per cent) and the Free State of Thuringia (1 per cent). They are represented in the board of directors by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the respective Ministries. GSI is a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest research organisation.




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.

Today, Goethe University is one of the only universities in Germany that enjoys significant public funding alongside administrative autonomy and the ability to create a private endowment.




Giessen University is a modern institution which can take pride in some four centuries of past achievement. With around 26,000 students, the university is prepared to meet any challenges that the future may bring.




JLU is one of Germany’s top research universities featuring an extraordinarily broad range of subjects. Both rich in tradition and highly innovative, JLU is host to a number of projects which are beacons of German research. What is more, its unique range of subjects and its high-profile international cooperation programmes in the areas of research, teaching and study ensure JLU’s competitiveness at both national and international level. The university is dedicated to excellent research and teaching with a distinct profile in cultural studies and the life sciences. In keeping with Justus von Liebig’s principle of “research training through research”, JLU is highly committed to excellent interdisciplinary postgraduate education in all disciplines. The university’s especially diverse climate, so fertile for interdisciplinary research and discussion, is further enriched by almost 30 percent international doctoral students. JLU’s remarkable achievements in the context of Germany’s nationwide “Excellence Initia - tive” prove JLU’s top-class university research in its profile areas. Since 2006, the university has received funding of 25 million euros for two renowned international projects, the Excel - lence Cluster Cardio-Pulmonary System (ECCPS, in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute Bad Nauheim and Goethe University Frankfurt) as well as the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in the humanities. Justus Liebig University is equally successful in corresponding programmes at federal state level and makes use of the Hessian excellence initiative LOEWE (Landes-Offensive zur Ent - wicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz) to enhance its clear-cut profile of scien - tific excellence, particularly in cultural studies and the life sciences. A unique constellation of subject areas in the life sciences also provides the ideal basis for thriving collaborative research centres and research units supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). After 400 years of innovative teaching and research, JLU is not only embedded in interna - tional partnerships and networks, it is also deeply interwoven with the city of Giessen, the city with the highest student ratio of all university towns in Germany. Their parallel dynamic development has not only shaped Giessen’s cityscape with many traditional buildings, it has also spawned several state-of-the-art university research centres. Additionally, JLU profits from Giessen’s ability to absorb students from all around the globe into a lively university town in the heart of Hesse, creating an ideal environment for students and researchers alike.




Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe's top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. In the international Shanghai Ranking (ARWU), TUM was rated the number one German university both in 2011 and 2013.

It is divided into 13 academic departments, and also has four Integrative Research Centers engaged in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. The Board of Management oversees the running of the university, supported in this function by the Supervisory Board. It continually monitors the university's development, elects the president and the members of the Board of Management and decides upon the long-term strategy of the TUM




The University of Augsburg campus is one of the most congenial places to study in Germany. Situated near the city centre of Augsburg, the campus is spacious without being overwhelming. The modern buildings, functional and yet architecturally appealing, blend into a landscaped park with grassy areas, a lake, fountains and several sculptures by contemporary artists.

The concentration of the academic buildings on one site simplifies the day-to-day working of the university while encouraging communication. The individual faculties, the administration offices (including the Student Service Centre), the refectory, cafeterias, bars, and the libraries are all conveniently close together. This is a place where people study, teach, carry out research, and live. There is a sense of what ''university'' really means: a sense of community, cooperation and solidarity between the lecturers and the researchers on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the students who benefit from the research through the teaching they receive.




The University of Bonn was founded almost 200 years ago and is considered to be one of Germany's and indeed Europe's most important institutes of higher education. As home of learning to over 32,500 students, we enjoy an outstanding reputation both at home and abroad. The University of Bonn is one of the world's leading research based Universities and therefore it is no surprise that we operate on an international level. We particularly specialize in the fields of research and teaching and this has led to our evolving into the position of a truly prominent international institution.
The numerous projects that are being funded and have been funded by Germany's central research funding agency (DFG) clearly demonstrate the research potential of the University and our firm commitment to achieving academic excellence. In addition, DFG-supported cooperative projects have also greatly helped to build effective structures. And through benefiting from the input of external experts, these are the best means by which we can identify the most gifted researchers and young academic talent. Furthermore, to promote research, the University of Bonn regularly offers prizes of up to one million euros as start-up funding for projects. Another incentive scheme involves rewarding activities that attract further third-party funds and bring in high-level research prizes.




Heidelberg University sees itself as a research university with a strong international orientation. Besides enhancing its disciplinary strengths, the University places special emphasis on maintaining the dialogue across traditional subject boundaries.
Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University, a state university of BadenWürttemberg, is Germany’s oldest university. In continuing its timehonoured tradition as a research university of international standing the Ruprecht-Karls-University’s mission is guided by the following principles:

  • Firmly rooted in its history, the University is committed to expanding and disseminating our knowledge about all aspects of humanity and nature through research and education. The University upholds the principle of freedom of research and education, acknowledging its responsibility to humanity, society, and nature.
  • According to its motto »Semper apertus« (»Always open«) Heidelberg University, in a spirit of open-mindedness and tolerance towardindividuals and ideas, aspires to generate and harness knowledge and skills for the benefit of today’s and future generations.
  • Heidelberg University’s identity as a comprehensive university has grown out of its academic history, its commitment to the present, and its role in shaping the future. The research and educational efforts of the university are devoted to pursuing the central questionsconfronting humanity, concentrating on fundamental research and its application, and empowering Heidelberg’s students to participatein this scientific and academic endeavour at an early stage.
  • The disciplines taught at Heidelberg University encompass the humanities, the social sciences, law, natural sciences, and the life sciences, including medicine.
  • Students, researchers, teachers, technical staff, and administrative personnel form an integral part of the university. Heidelberg University is a self-governing institution committed to the principles of good academic practice.
  • Heidelberg University connects the knowledge and expertise of its members across generations. It is dedicated to systematically advancing the careers of young scholars and scientists, offers established academics ample opportunity for independent research, and assures the continued presence of outstanding emeriti by conferring on them the rank of senior professors. This alliance of knowledge provides an excellent foundation for the identification and dedicated pursuit of new research questions. The University is thus ideally positioned to meet future challenges with an appropriate degree of flexibility.
  • The intricate connection between research and teaching provides for an education that is academic, practical, and continuous.
  • Heidelberg University is committed to providing equal opportunity for men and women, to ensuring the compatibility of professional work and family, and to upholding the principle of diversity and equality both within and outside the bounds of the University.
  • Heidelberg University will strengthen and extend its cooperation with non-university research institutions.
  • Heidelberg University intends to further cultivate its contacts with former students and graduates, friends and supporters, as well as its partners in business and industry to attract additional encouragement and support.
  • Heidelberg University’s international orientation is a long-standing tradition. Occupying a leading position in Germany and in Europe, the University is committed to providing its global competitiveness. It will continue to increase its attractiveness for outstanding international scholars and students and to expand its international networks in order to provide both junior researchers and senior faculty with the best possible opportunities for further qualification and advancement.




Leipzig University was founded in 1409 making it one of the oldest universities in Germany. It is an interdisciplinary, international comprehensive university.
On its ambitious path to becoming a European top-level university and internationally recognised seat of research and learning for young scholars the University draws on an extensive range of subject areas. Crossing boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, international collaboration, networking with non-university research institutes and business are not just traditions of the University but are also the basis of its academic excellence.
The University consists of 14 faculties with 128 institutes. 35,000 persons research, teach and study at the university and more than 4,300 persons are employed at the University Hospital of Leipzig. The university offered 136 courses of study in the 2009/10 winter semester. 5,686 doctoral candidates are registered at the UL (2,439 in medicines), 631 of whom are enrolled in 20 structured graduate training programmes (as per the end of 2009). The research potential in Leipzig is fortified by 20 non-university research institutions and five other universities.
As a university steeped in tradition, Leipzig University has always become stronger when emerging from difficult transitions. The phase after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 was dominated by a virtually complete restructuring of the humanities and social sciences while the life sciences and natural sciences were adapted to new accents in research and teaching. The fundamental reformation of its structures and courses of study was also combined with the opportunity to promote interdisciplinary collaboration from the onset and take advantage of arising synergies.




With about 35,000 students from about 130 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the ten largest universities in Germany. As the only comprehensive university in Rhineland-Palatinate, JGU combines almost all academic disciplines under one roof, including the Mainz University Medical Center, the School of Music, and the Mainz Academy of Arts. This is a unique feature in the German academic landscape. With 75 fields of study and a total of 242 degree courses, including 107 Bachelor’s and 118 Master’s degree programs, JGU offers an extraordinarily broad range of courses. Some 4,150 academics, including 540 professors, teach and conduct research in JGU's more than 150 departments, institutes, and clinics (as of December 1, 2011; financed by federal and third-party funding). JGU is a globally renowned research university of national and international recognition. This reputation comes thanks to its outstanding individual researchers as well as extraordinary research achievements in the field of particle and hadron physics, materials sciences, translational medicine, the life sciences, media disciplines, and historical cultural studies. JGU’s scientific prowess has been affirmed by its success in the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments to promote top-level research at German universities: Mainz University is one of 23 universities in Germany that have received approval for a so-called Cluster of Excellence as well as approval for a Graduate School of Excellence. The Cluster of Excellence on "Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter" (PRISMA), which is primarily a collaboration between particle and hadron physicists, and the Graduate School of Excellence "MAterials Science IN MainZ" (MAINZ) are considered among the elite research groups worldwide. These two projects will receive financing to the tune of EUR 50 million by 2017. The university's good positions in national and international rankings and the award of numerous research prizes are further confirmation of the importance and success of the research being conducted by JGU-based academics. This success has been made possible in part through the unique large-scale research equipment available at Mainz University, such as the TRIGA light water research reactor and the MAMI electron accelerator, which both attract researchers from around the world. The research-oriented teaching – with targeted and early integration of research content into the curriculum – is another key element of the JGU philosophy. JGU is the sole German university of this size to combine almost all institutes on one campus, while also housing four partner research institutions that conduct cutting-edge research outside the organizational structure of the university itself. There are also on-campus student dormitories and childcare facilities. The clinical and clinical/theory institutes of the Mainz University Medical Center are located within roughly one kilometer of the campus. JGU lives the notion of a civic university being an integral part of society and collaborating with the community it is part of. This means that it also provides lifelong learning programs and promotes timely and comprehensive knowledge and technology transfer. Founded in 1477 during the era of Johannes Gutenberg and reopened after a 150-year break in 1946 by the French forces then based in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz owes much to the man whose name it bears and his achievements. With his achievements in mind, the university strives to promote and implement innovative ideas, to help improve people’s living conditions through knowledge, to facilitate their access to education and science, and to encourage people to transcend the many restraints that they encounter on a daily basis.




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 22,000 students in 108 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, Bielefeld University has developed guided by the principle of interdisciplinarity. Behind this lies the conviction that complex problems can no longer be adequately addressed with disciplinary approaches alone. In this case, interdisciplinarity stands for a spectrum of multiple perspective approaches of varying kinds and intensity. The University building itself stands as an architectural statement of interdisciplinarity. It brings together nearly all the facilities under one roof, which is unique in Germany. Its striking architectural structure draws people together from the most varied of areas over short distances. At Bielefeld University, a culture of communication has developed between teaching staff and students, between scientists, university management and administrative staff, whose openness towards new and unconventional ideas is characteristic. This culture formed the basis of important forward-thinking decisions and has significantly contributed to the successes of the University. An example of this is the establishment of the Faculty of Technology (1990), as well as the Faculty of Health Sciences that is singular in Germany. Both these faculties prove the University's institutional ability to innovate. The research profile of Bielefeld University is oriented to big issues relevant to science and society, primarily at the productive interfaces between disciplines. The University also distinguishes itself in its teaching through its specific profile that is based on dense networks across disciplines. According to the most relevant rankings and assessments, Bielefeld University Library is one of the best and most service-oriented university libraries in Germany.







WWU Münster has developed a strong research profile in natural sciences, the humanities, medicine, law and business administration. It targets top-level research in high-performance areas for and combines this with promoting first-class young researchers. At the same time, by ensuring that broad research can be carried out it creates a secure basis on which excellence can thrive.
WWU Münster’s aims in the field of research are closely linked with its own commitment to provide high-quality courses of study covering a wide range of subjects. It has taken a pioneering lead in changing teacher training to the double bachelor degree. The second step – a bottom-up process – will involve the masters courses. The development of programmes for structured doctoral courses represents the third step in the realisation of the objectives set out in the Bologna process. WWU thus provides the best possible teaching on the basis of high-quality broad and top-level research.
For WWU Münster, promoting excellence is a dynamic process which takes up new academic and social challenges to which it responds appropriately.

  • WWU’s central tasks include not only achieving outstanding research results, but also promoting new fields of research which take up social and academic challenges and contribute to mastering them.
  • Successful work in many fields of research today requires cooperation in large groups of researchers. WWU aims at a comprehensive use of the potential set out in its profile to start single-discipline and cross-discipline groups of researchers providing the critical mass necessary for excellent research work.
  • WWU promotes broad research on a wide range of subjects as a basis for the continual creation of new focuses of top-level research.




The University of Barcelona is the most formidable public institution of higher education in Catalonia, catering to the needs of the greatest number of students and delivering the broadest and most comprehensive offering in higher educational courses. The UB is also the principal centre of university research in Spain and has become a European benchmark for research activity, both in terms of the number of research programmes it conducts and the excellence these have achieved. Its own history closely tied to the history of Barcelona and of Catalonia, our university combines the values of tradition with its position as an institution dedicated to innovation and teaching excellence: a university that is as outward-looking and cosmopolitan as the city from which it takes its name.







The University of Santiago de Compostela is education and knowledge at the service of society. It is a singular institution due to its history, the impressive settings of Compostela and Lugo, where its campuses are located, its dynamism and its commitment to modernisation. Founded in 1495 by Don Lope Gòmez de Marzoa, thi institution mantain one of the most important academic traditions in Uerope, being always attentive to the growing demands of society and open to international collaboration.
This House of Knowledge committed to providing high quality teaching, research and services. It is also committed to the respect for the environment, sustainable development as well as to the social, economic and cultural dynamisation of our region. Our enterprising profile enables us to look to the future with ambition. And as we move to the future, we are showing the world, day after day, the face of University of Santiago de Compostela.




Our university, founded over five centuries ago by the Juries of Valencia, has become a modern, public university that teaches all areas of knowledge: social, economic and legal sciences, experimental sciences, engineering, health sciences, educational sciences and the humanities. More than 45,800 undergraduate students and 8,600 postgraduate students take classes taught by more than 3,300 professors, lectures and researchers at our campuses (Blasco Ibáñez, Burjassot-Paterna and Tarongers) with the support of over 1,700 administration and service staff.
The university community is committed to being a university of reference: it is ranked second in Europe in receiving Erasmus students and fourth among Spanish universities in research. According to the most prestigious international rankings, it is the ranked fourth in Spain.




The University of Helsinki is an international academic community with more than 40,000 students and members of staff. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and in 9 other localities in Finland. The University’s 11 faculties are home to many departments. Furthermore, the University accommodates several independent research-oriented institutes, multidisciplinary research networks and campus units, as well as units attending to duties of a national authority. The University of Helsinki enjoys great visibility and influence all around Helsinki and in the rest of Finland.




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. The total CEA workforce consisted of 15 838 employees. Across the whole of the CEA (including both civilian and military research), there were 1556 PhD students and 293 post-docs. What is the budget of the CEA? The CEA had a budget of 4,3 billion euros. The CEA is based in ten research centers in France, each specializing in specific fields. The laboratories are located in the Paris region, the Rhône-Alpes, the Rhône valley, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, Aquitaine, Central France and Burgundy. The CEA benefits from the strong regional identities of these laboratories and the partnerships forged with other research centers, local authorities and universities.




The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. Founded in 1939 by governmental decree, CNRS has the following missions:

  • To evaluate and carry out all research capable of advancing knowledge and bringing social, cultural, and economic benefits for society.
  • To contribute to the application and promotion of research results.
  • To develop scientific information.
  • To support research training.
  • To participate in the analysis of the national and international scientific climate and its potential for evolution in order to develop a national policy.

As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carried out research in all fields of knowledge, through its ten institutes:

  • Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB)
  • Institute of Chemistry (INC)
  • Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE)
  • Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS)
  • Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies (INS2I)
  • Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS)
  • Institute of Physics (INP)
  • National Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INSMI)
  • National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3)
  • National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy (INSU)




The mission of the Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) is to gain new knowledge that will contribute to the development of the Republic of Croatia in a knowledgebased society.
By fundamental scientific research, we mean knowledge-driven research, while by oriented research we mean targeted basic research.
The primary task of the RBI is to conduct excellent basic research, with particular emphasis on complex interdisciplinary programs. Excellent basic research is a prerequisite for achieving the other tasks that the RBI has undertaken in the development of the Republic of Croatia. In addition to basic research, these include the development of innovative research, participation in higher education and knowledge transfer to the economy, with the goal of developing new hightech products and increasing public awareness of the importance of knowledge and science in modern society. The RBI carries out these tasks in cooperation with universities, scientific institutes and other similar institutions in Croatia and other




The Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb was established in 1946, although teaching started already in 1876. The Faculty includes 7 departments, the Seismological Service, the Mareographic and Meteorological stations, and the Botanical garden. The Faculty has 288 full professors, associate and assistant professors, 180 junior researchers and about 4500 students. The Faculty offers undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate study programmes, and pursues research in the fields of natural sciences and mathematics. The Faculty of Science is engaged in excellent cooperation with numerous universities and institutes abroad. Professors of the Faculty have been invited as visiting lecturers to European and American universities, and young staff members, as well as postgraduate students, are regularly sent to international universities and institutes for further research.
The Faculty of Science has 8 undergraduate study programmes (Bachelor degree) encompassing 3 years of studies (180 credits), 26 graduate study programmes (Master degree) encompassing 2 years of studies (120 credits) or 5 years of studies (300 credits) and 7 postgraduate study programmes (PhD degree) encompassing 3 years of studies (180 credits). Education is at all levels characterized by teaching and supervision at a high academic level by staff actively involved in research. Departments of the Faculty are placed on several locations in Zagreb. The departments of Physics, Mathematics, Geophysics, Chemistry, Geology, and the main administration of the Faculty are set at Horvatovac where a “campus of science” is being built. Departments of Biology and Geography are also going to be set at the same location in the near future.
The education of students in science and mathematics is a part of a comprehensive science education that qualifies them to work in research institutes, different branches of industry and production, the civil service (environmental protection, regional planning), public institutions (national parks, nature parks, reserves) and elsewhere, or as teachers in primary, secondary, and vocational schools.
All the academic staff is actively involved in research carried out at high international standards. They are supported by postgraduates and research personnel from seven departments. They work across the whole spectrum of scientific activities ranging from basic to applied research and many have been recognized internationally for their contributions to research and development.




The earliest predecessor of the Wigner RCP of the H.A.S. was the Central Research Institute for Physics (KFKI) founded in 1950. As the founding decree stated, the institute which initially consisted of two departments "has the aim of bringing up the Hungarian physics research, which is a long way behind even the other disciplines, and making it possible to perform fruitful reseach on every fields of physics, which are particularly important for both the development and application of science.” Within a short time KFKI was extended with many departments, under the leadership of many famous scientists such as Károly Simonyi and Lajos Jánossy. As previously in the KFKI, so there is a multi-coloured research in the Wigner RCP both in the fields of theoretical, and experimental physics, and such areas are represented in the Centre as life sciences, or engineering sciences.




The Foundation was created on 1 March 2007. FBK inherits the activities of the Istituto Trentino di Cultura, which was based on the ideas of Bruno Kessler, a long-time member of the local government and founder of the University of Trento. Established by a law of the Autonomous Province of Trento, FBK operates as private entity. It receives strong financial support from the province through yearly budget agreements. Fondazione Bruno Kessler is charged with keeping the province of Trento in the mainstream of European and international research. It does so by attracting women, men and resources at the forefront of technological development and humanities studies. The foundation is also involved in bringing together natural and human sciences, a sign of recognition of the challenges faced by the knowledge society.




The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart.
The University provides high quality education and research in a broad range of disciplines. We distinguish ourselves in the international market through a close link between education and research and by focusing on three key elements: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society. Not only are our education and research programmes socially relevant, but our researchers also collaborate with business partners, public institutions and the government. In addition, the University of Groningen stimulates current debate on scientific, social and cultural issues by providing convincing perspectives and fresh ideas, based on the latest scientific findings.







Ever since it was founded in 1880, VU University Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organization, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one. We ask and expect our students, researchers, PhD candidates and employees to look further – to look further than their own interests and their own field, and further than what is familiar and further than the here and now. VU Strategic Plan 2011 - 2015 ‘VU: looking further’ links the origins of VU with its ambitions for the future and the content of the VU Strategic Plan 2011 – 2015 (SP). The SP sets out the ambitions, objectives and policy measures for the next five years. The starting point of the SP is the VU Vision 2025, which states where VU University Amsterdam wishes to be in 2025. Freedom in responsibility: three core values Academic research and education at VU is characterized by a high level of ambition, and encourages free and open communications and ideas. VU stands for universal university values such as academic freedom and independence, which is reflected in our name (‘VU’ is the Dutch abbreviation for ‘free university’): free from the church, state and any commercial interest.







The University of Wroclaw has a rich history of more than three centuries. Founded by Leopold I Habsburg the university evolved from a modest school run by Jesuits into one of the biggest academic institutions in Poland. At the beginning of the 19th century the university had five Faculties: philosophy, catholic theology, evangelical theology, law and medicine. Later it was expanded by numerous sections, laboratories and a natural museum, which exists until today. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the University of Wroclaw produced 9 Nobel Prize winners, such as Theodor Mommsen, Philipp Lenard, Eduard Buchner, Paul Ehrlich, Fritz Haber, Friedrich Bergius, Erwin Schrödinger, Otto Stern and Max Born. Today, the first and foremost focus of The University of Wroclaw is scientific research. Our scholars have numerous links with their fellow researchers from other higher education institutions in Poland and throughout the world. The success of our researchers has been recently recognized by Polish authorities, who significantly increased funding for both equipment and research at our University by 80% compared to previous years. Today the University of Wrocław is the largest university in the region and teaches over 40,000 students and around 1300 doctoral students at 10 Faculties. 9000 students graduate from the University every year.




Since its creation in 1911, Instituto Superior Técnico is the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology and Architecture in Portugal. At IST, we aim to give our students and alumni the education and the knowledge tools to improve, to change and to shape society through science, technology, and entrepreneurship. We provide top quality higher education, strongly exposed to Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activities, immersing our students in an exciting and global environment geared towards solving the challenges of the XXIst Century.




1949. The Institute of Physics of the Romanian Academy was established – which became the Institute of Atomic Physics (IFA) in 1956 – the first institute of scientific research in Romania, whose founder and director was Professor Horia Hulubei.
Following the tradition initiated by Professor Horia Hulubei, IFIN-HH addresses a spectrum of research and development activities in fundamental and applied research areas including Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Atomic Physics, Life and Environmental Physics, Theoretical Physics, Nuclear Techniques, and Advanced Communication Systems. Featuring a variety of nation-wide-scoped facilities among which we can mention the Tandem Van de Graff Accelerator, the U120 Cyclotron, the Multipurpose Irradiation Facility Centre, the Radioactive Waste Treatment Plant, the institute is an important part of the Romanian research infrastructure.
IFIN-HH is committed to the development of the knowledge in physics, especially of the sub-atomic one, and growing of the nuclear domain impact in society, through advanced research and the most professional services. We believe that our first-rate results in some of the most exciting areas of the physics can be a genuine source of wisdom for our community and an inspiring model of excellent inquiry for our youths.







Research at KTH is organised in five Research Platforms, designed to break down traditional barriers between academic disciplines. The goal is to deliver practical results that can help solve overarching global challenges.
The face of university research is undergoing a generational transformation not only in Sweden, but throughout Europe and around the world. Global grand challenges such as climate change, overtaxed transportation infrastructure and burgeoning demand for advanced health care services require broad-based approaches that cut across traditional disciplines.
KTH’s five Research Platforms are organised to deliver focussed, results-oriented study that meets the needs of governments and industries grappling with unprecedented threats — as well as promising new opportunities. The Platforms enable faculty to weave together systems, policy and technology research into visionary solutions, they seed leading-edge interdisciplinary research projects and they oversee the development of young researchers with the skills necessary to thrive in changing environments.




Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is Sweden’s first university. We are a broad research university with well-defined missions: to conduct research and education of the highest quality and to collaborate with the surrounding community in various ways to help make the world a better place.
Our nine faculties create opportunities not only for the pursuit of in-depth subject knowledge but also for cross-disciplinary research and teaching. We uphold our academic independence and at the same time forge relations with the wider world. We collaborate with the best universities in the world. The flow of students, teachers, and researchers between universities abroad and Uppsala University is crucial to the dissemination of knowledge, ideas, and expertise, both within the University and in society at large.
Every year Uppsala University attracts highly motivated students from Sweden and around the globe. Being a student at Uppsala University is about considerably more than taking courses. We offer outstanding cultural and student environments and unique student life. Our students meet the latest research in modern premises and laboratories. At the same time they have the opportunity to experience centuries-old traditions and scintillating offerings of choirs, orchestras, and other activities at the student nations. On our newest campus, in the World Heritage town of Visby, ancient cultural milieus are right around the corner as well. Our mission includes the advancement and stewardship of a living cultural heritage.
Uppsala University is well poised to meet the major societal challenges of today and tomorrow. Our breadth in research and education provides strength and potential. Research pursued here helps us to understand our society and to improve the world, making life easier for many people – research that reveals new perspectives on the fundamental questions of science and, at the same time, knowledge that contributes to environmental sustainability, human health, and social progress. You are welcome to join us in creating the future – welcome to Uppsala University! Eva Åkesson Print Share site on




The Jožef Stefan Institute is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. The staff of more than 960 specializes in natural sciences, life sciences and engineering. The subjects concern production and control technologies, communication and computer technologies, knowledge technologies, biotechnologies, new materials, environmental technologies, nanotechnologies, and nuclear engineering. The mission of the Jožef Stefan Institute is the accumulation - and dissemination - of knowledge at the frontiers of natural science and technology to the benefit of society at large through the pursuit of education, learning, research, and development of high technology at the highest international levels of excellence.




The University of Edinburgh’s Academic structure is based on 3 Colleges containing a total of 22 Schools.




Over the last five centuries and more, we’ve constantly worked to push the boundaries of what’s possible. We’ve fostered the talents of seven Nobel laureates, one Prime Minister and Scotland’s inaugural First Minister. We’ve welcomed Albert Einstein to give a lecture on the origins of the general theory of relativity. Scotland’s first female medical graduates completed their degrees here in 1894 and the world’s first ultrasound images of a foetus were published by Glasgow Professor Ian Donald in 1958. In 1840 we became the first university in the UK to appoint a Professor of Engineering, and in 1957, the first in Scotland to have an electronic computer. All of this means that if you choose to work or study here, you’ll be walking in the footsteps of some of the world’s most renowned innovators, from scientist Lord Kelvin and economist Adam Smith, to the pioneer of television John Logie Baird.
The University is expanding and evolving. Following the closure of the Western Infirmary site in 2015, we plan to invest £80m in new buildings and equipment and £55m on refurbishing facilities over the next five years.







FAIR, Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research, is a new international accelerator facility for the research with antiprotons and ions. It will be built in cooperation of an international community of countries and scientists. On october, 4th 2010, the international owners founded the FAIR GmbH and the countries' representatives signed a treaty under international law (Convention, Final Act).
The facility will be financed by a joint international effort of so far ten member states. The Federal Republic of Germany together with the State of Hesse is the major contributor to the construction, the current nine international partners - Finland, France, India, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom - bear ca. 30% of the construction cost.
FAIR will be a host laboratory for basic research for about 3000 scientists from about 50 countries.


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