Paris-Saclay University (UPSaclay) is one of the leading research-intensive universities in France and in the world. It benefits from an especially dense ecosystem of research and innovation, and the quality of the research is testified by evidence such as bibliometric indicators, 2019 institutions rankings, 2020 rankings simulations, or the concentration of projects supported over the year within the framework “Investissement d’avenir”. With 275 laboratories, it represents 13% of the French research potential.
Building on its founding institutions, its local environment and its new organisation, Paris-Saclay University (UPSaclay) is a world-class, multidisciplinary, research-intensive university at the cutting edge of pedagogical developments. It is located in a large area south of Paris, one of the richest research and innovation ecosystems in Europe.
Based on its scientific production, the excellence of its education, the life experience provided to its students, the quality of its staff and its social, economic and cultural impact, UPSaclay is developing a model that is internationally recognised and adapted to meet the challenges and needs of our society, both locally and globally. UPSaclay is thus accelerating its strategy of international visibility.
As a world-class university, UPSaclay is a leading economic and political player and an intellectual centre contributing to the scientific, cultural and societal life. Thus, UPSaclay puts its common strengths at the service of seven global challenges:
- Health and well-being
- Energy, climate, environment, and sustainable development
- Digital transformation and artificial intelligence
- Transport and mobility
- Aeronautics and space
- Industrial renewal
These challenges must be met with an interdisciplinary approach, which will be supported by the creation of a dozen Interdisciplinary Initiatives, structuring long-term education and research projects. UPSaclay is also deeply linked to its local environment, and is committed to serving the needs of the territories, in particular through an attractive educational offer that matches, through its diversity, all projects and student profiles.
UPSaclay also hosts very large research infrastructures (SOLEIL synchrotron, Apollon laser, NeuroSpin human MRI imager, etc.). This specificity started with the historical installation of the Joliot-Curies, in the 1950s, who convinced the French government to set up the Institute for Nuclear Physics and later a linear particle accelerator. Since then, the increased density of the most advanced scientific equipments has been associated with the development of outstanding academic laboratories and with very high level training, and later by setting up large private R&D centres. Altogether, this unique association creates an exceptionally dense technological and scientific centre, at the centre of which UPSaclay continues to develop its core missions by cultivating this unique proximity to opportunities for our researchers and students.
In general, research at LMU covers a wide range of scientific areas, such as:
- Digits and Data
- Earth and Environment
- Languages and Cultures
- Life and Health
- Systems and Communities
In relation to global health, LMU hosts a variety of outstanding groups and departments conducting cutting-edge research on many different health-related aspects. Among others, they include:
- Tropical Medicine / International Health (Prof. M. Hölscher): The focus is on various infectious and tropical diseases, such as Corona/COVID-19, malaria and other parasitoses, HIV infection, tuberculosis, Buruli ulcer and leprosy.
- Global public health (Prof. E. Rehfuess): Methods for evidence-based public health, systematic reviews of complex interventions, evaluation of complex interventions, Household air pollution in developing countries, child health in low and middleincome countries.
- Global mental health (Prof. A. Jobst): Global care research, development cooperation, international cooperation in medical research education, mental health developmental exchange with low and middle income countries.
- FASD (Prof. F. Heinen): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from a global perspective
- Occupational and Environmental Health (Prof. K. Radon): Work and environment as determinants of global health, focus on epidemiologic research.
- Virtual training (Prof. K. Radon): Online training methods for global health including virtual reality, gamification, project-based learning, learning apps etc.
- Global medical education (Prof. M. Siebeck): Medical training on a global scale with focus on Ethiopia and Bhutan.
- Veterinary Medicine (Prof. M. Meissner/Prof. N. Siegel): Parasitology.
- Health Economics (Prof. R. Leidl): Financing of health care services, determination of the services to be reimbursed through economic evaluation, competition and regulation in health care markets, management of service providers.
- Work and organisational psychology (Prof. E. Spieß): Cultures of learning and cooperation, intercultural action in business-related contexts, health-conscious leadership and social support in organisations, cooperation in organisations, psychosocial health at work.
Lund University has one of Scandinavia’s strongest and broadest research environments and is recognised as one of the world's top research-led full-scale universities.
Over recent years, Lund University has achieved major success in obtaining large research grants. Annually, over SEK 5 billion goes to research across nine faculties. Lund University has also distinguished itself in the allocations of Linnaeus environments and the Swedish Government’s investment in strategic research areas. These successes are largely a result of the interdisciplinary research carried out and the diversity that our full-scale university has to offer.
Central research areas and initiatives related to Global Health are:
- BioCARE – A governmental supported strategic research area in cancer
- MultiPark – Multidisciplinary research focused on Parkinson’s disease
- Epihealth – Epidemiology for Health
https://www.epihealth.lu.se (for the time being only in Swedish)
- EXODIAB – Excellence of Diabetes Research in Sweden
- Stem Therapy
- LUCC – Lund University Cancer Centre
- CREATE Health Cancer Center
- MAD for Cancer
- Malmö Cancer Center
- Malmö Kost Cancer
https://www.malmo-kohorter.lu.se/malmo-kost-cancer-mkc (for the time being only in Swedish)
- Lund University Neuroscience
- Sustainability Forum
- MERGE – Modelling the Regional and Global Earth
- BECC - Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate
- eSSENCE - THE ESCIENCE COLLABORATION
- AI Lund
- eHealth@LU - Joining forces for Sustainable eHealth Development
- Health Law
- CASE – Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments
- LU Food Faculty
Universidade do Porto
The University of Porto is the largest producer of Science in Portugal, authoring 25% of the scientific articles published every year, in almost every field of knowledge.
The heavy investment in laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment together with a highly skilled scientific body has contributed a great deal to the quality and volume of knowledge produced by the University Porto. This is combined with the expertise of experienced researchers and the freethinking approach of hundreds of young scientists at the start of their careers.
Nonetheless, the close connection to society and orientation towards its needs is the defining feature of the research undertaken by the University of Porto. Indeed, the remarkable work done by our research centres – often working together to foster interdisciplinary actions and develop the different areas of knowledge– has already produced some important discoveries in various fields of knowledge and some of the most recent and relevant innovations of the Portuguese industry.
For all this, the quality of the research produced by the University of Porto is today internationally recognised. In addition to being present in international networks that represent the elite of the most diverse scientific areas, the University of Porto has consolidated its position in the main rankings that rate higher education institutions worldwide according to their scientific production.
That is even more noticeable in the field of Health Sciences, where the University of Porto has been a leading player since its inception. Over the last years, research centres such as i3S (Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde), CINTESIS (Centro de Investigação em Tecnologias e Serviços de Saúde), ISPUP (Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto) or CIBIO-InBIO (Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos) have positioned themselves at the forefront of the competitive funding in Europe.
All the 47 research units of the University of Porto – 36 of them classified as “Excellent” or “Very Good” by the latest international evaluations – are ready to meet the challenges of the European University Alliance for Global Health, as testified by the response given to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The University of Porto has collaborated closely with the Portuguese Health Authorities to boost the national capacity of diagnostic tests, to create more ventilators for hospitals and health centres or to provide new means of individual protection for the health professionals that are working in the front line of the pandemic.
A large number of our research units are also redirecting its focus to new projects that could help to minimize or even eliminate the effects of the pandemic nationally and internationally, thus proving the importance of science in the wake of this new global health challenges.
University of Szeged
Taking into consideration it’s Primary Research Fields, as Neurobiology, Preclinical pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Clinical Pharmacology, Genetics, Nanotechnology and Material Sciences, Laser Physics, Software Development, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, Microbiology, Agricultural sciences, Dermatology, Dentistry University of Szeged defined five “Excellence” research areas, as follows:
- Pharmaceutical research
covers the areas of medicine, chemical biology, pharmaceutical chemistry, natural compounds and pharmaceutical technology thus being inherently multidisciplinary; with a present focus on cardiovascular and neurological diseases.
- Material science development (material science and nanotechnology)
Numerous research groups have accumulated considerable experience from controlled synthesis of various nanostructured materials and interfaces to characterization by different assay techniques. The most active fields are the study of catalytic/ electrocatalytic reactions and (bio)nanotechnology.
- Smart systems
Unified competencies in three major areas regarding the unresolved problems of the industry: software engineering tasks (developing an efficient, reliable and secure IoT software platform); processing of system generated data (problems with optimisation, predictive modelling, and adaptive control which require the tools of mathematics, artificial intelligence, image processing and data mining) and application specific tasks (in the fields of public transport, energy and healthcare requiring engineering, geoinformatics and clinical medical competencies).
- Therapeutic development (translational biomedicine)
The aims of this research group are to understand the pathogenesis of inflammatory and degenerative diseases representing a major socio-economic burden, and to develop targeted therapies.
- Photonics and laser research
Represented by the internationally recognized school of optics and laser physics, a wide range of collaborative sciences and the presence of ELI-ALPS justify that photonics is one of the University's top research areas. The ELI-ALPS Research Institute, one of the top investments of the European Union (ESFRI), operates in Szeged in close cooperation with the university. The Extreme light infrastructure is the first infrastructure in the world capable of the investigation of the interactions between light and matter with the highest intensity, in the so-called ultra-relativistic range.
In addition to the above, SZTE aims to further strengthen its research, innovation and scientific activities and performance in the following fields as well: safe society and environment, industry and digitalization, health, culture and family; thus, among others, in the areas as follows:
Development of new generation interfaces to connect machines and the human nervous system - The aim is to develop electrotherapeutic interfaces to support the treatment of chronic neuropsychiatric and sense organic diseases.
- Theory and applications of efficient and reliable intelligent systems
The aim is to support the development of efficient and reliable intelligent problems solving systems linking and relying on results of basic and applied researches in measurement technology, signal processing, software and network technology, optimisation and AI.
- Multidisciplinary translational research of diseases of public health importance: from the molecules to the medical bed
The aim is to develop a multidisciplinary and translational research network on diseases of public health importance where the collaboration of regional and national clinical centres and innovative research groups enables basic researches with focus on problems related to clinical practice, as well as industrial applications.
- Reproduction of the Hungarian knowledge assets: educational, psychological, economic, linguistic and cultural researches
The research area embraces interrelated researches on cultural and knowledge assets reproduction, the strengthening of the role of the family, human resources of sustainable development in the fields of sociology, education, psychology, Hungarian language and identity, economics and humanities.