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University of Basel

Environment and Partnerships

The University of Basel is embedded in a culturally attractive and scientifically active environment. In addition, the historic cultural city of Basel has an international flair thanks to its location on the border with Germany and France. The university also enjoys close proximity to first-class research institutions and life sciences companies.

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), which is closely associated with the University of Basel and is the successor to the former Swiss Tropical Institute, pursues the goal of gaining a better understanding of the causes of tropical diseases in the main, but also those common in our region, in order to make progress in treating them. The research focus is comprised of epidemiology and public health, parasitology and infection biology, international health, medicines research as well as medical services and diagnostics.

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

The Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) is an associated institute supported by the Novartis Foundation. Its research focus is in the field of epigenetics, the mechanisms of cancer development as well as neurobiology. Researchers have an excellently equipped technology platform at their disposal. Several research group directors teach as professors at the University of Basel.

Department of Biosystems at ETH Zurich

The Department of Biosystems (D-BSSE) at ETH Zurich is based in Basel. Its research focuses on biology, physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. The common goal is to understand the functions of living systems, to model these and to use the models for engineering new systems.

FNHW School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) conducts teaching and applied research in the field of life sciences. The school carries out research in the fields of molecular technologies, therapeutic technologies and environmental management at its two locations in Muttenz and Basel.


Roche, the globally active company in the field of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, has its headquarters and one of its global centers of research in Basel. There are project-based, close collaborations with researchers from the University of Basel that are coordinated through the Personal Health Basel platform.


Novartis, which emerged through the fusion of Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy, is an international pharmaceutical company headquartered in Basel, where it also operates the European location of the Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research (NIBR). Novartis has project-based, close partnerships with the University of Basel.


Anatomical Museum

The Anatomical Museum of the University of Basel exhibits genuine preserved specimens of human body parts, organs and tissues as well as modern exhibits and a collection of many historically valuable specimens that have been restored using modern methods.

Antikenmuseum Basel

The Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig houses an outstanding collection of Egyptian, Greek, Italian, Etruscan and Roman art and regularly organizes large special exhibits.

Fondation Beyeler

With a collection comprising around 250 works, the Fondation Beyeler documents the art of the 20th Century and presents the central, pictorial aspects of classical modernism from Monet, Cézanne and van Gogh to Picasso and all the way to Warhol, Lichtenstein and Bacon.

Basel Historical Museum

The Basel Historical Museum comprises the Museum of History in the Barfüsserkirche, the Museum of Music, the Carriage Museum and the Museum of Domestic Culture.

Kunstmuseum Basel

The Kunstmuseum Basel is comprised of the collections and Department of Prints and Drawings with ancient art as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art. The art collection began as an academic collection and has evolved into an internationally renowned museum.

Museum der Kulturen Basel

The Museum der Kulturen Basel exhibits ethnographic artifacts from Europe, Africa, America, Oceania, Indonesia, South, Central and East Asia as well as a collection of historical photographs. It is one of the most eminent museums in Europe.

Natural History Museum of Basel

The collections of the Natural History Museum of Basel include objects from the fields of vertebrates, insects, other invertebrates, anthropology, mineralogy and paleontology and go as far back as the Amerbach Kabinett from 1661.

Pharmacy Museum Basel

The Pharmacy Museum of the University of Basel exhibits instruments, microscopes, laboratory utensils and some rather curious remedies that were used in earlier times as well as pharmaceutical literature dating as far back as ancient times. An alchemy laboratory as well as a pharmacy laboratory from 1800 are also on display.


The Schaulager is a new kind of artistic institution. It houses the works belonging to the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation that are not normally on exhibit. The Schaulager is a unique place where art is seen and thought about differently. The Schaulager maintains an intensive collaboration with the University of Basel and is primarily reserved for the scientific audience, learning and research.

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