Research is increasingly taking place in interdisciplinary networks and national and international research alliances. The reason for this is the recognition that interdisciplinary approaches are often very constructive or even necessary for successful research into complex issues. The University of Basel promotes interdisciplinary exchange and collaborations with research groups in the border triangle as well as with universities and academic institutions in Europe and worldwide. It is well connected and part of high-caliber research networks.
EUCOR – The European Campus is a trinational association between five universities in the Upper Rhine region, in the heart of Europe. The following universities belong to the network: University of Basel Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse, Université de Strasbourg and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The university network is on its way to becoming a European university. The basis for this are the common structures, a common governance and a common strategy in research and teaching.
In the areas of Quantum Sciences and Technology, Personalized Health/Precision Medicine, Sustainability and European Identities, scientists are networking, for example in joint workshops and through joint funding applications. The universities are deepening existing cooperation and entering into new collaborations.
Contact: Dr. Christine Meyer Richli
The European Commission's FET Flagships are intended to improve the coordination of research in the field of «Future and Emerging Technologies» (FET) and, in the long term, to strengthen the competitiveness of the European economy in information and communication technologies.
FET Flagship Quantum Technology
In October 2018, the flagship initiative for research into quantum physics and its applications started with the participation of scientists from the University of Basel. Three research groups from the Department of Physics are represented in the Quantum Flagship with the projects «Quantum Internet Alliance» (QIA), «Miniature Atomic vapor-Cell Quantum devices for SensIng and Metrology AppLications» (MACQSIMAL) and «Advancing Science and TEchnology thRough dIamond Quantum Sensing» (ASTERIQS). The research program aims to develop a radically new and powerful quantum technology by exploiting quantum effects and to transfer it as quickly as possible to application possibilities through cooperation between institutes and public research facilities with industry.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Philipp Treutlein
FET Flagship Graphene
The Graphene Flagship is dedicated to the novel nanomaterial graphene, which is considered the material of the future. The Nanoelectronics Group at the Department of Physics at the University of Basel has been experimenting with nanodevices for some time in order to harness their quantum mechanical properties for data processing and data communication. Therefore, in 2013, the University of Basel was selected to participate in the flagship project «Graphene». Funded with up to 100 million euros per year from 2013-2023, it focuses on harnessing new materials made of two-dimensional carbon structures for information and communication technology.