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Associated Institutes

The University of Basel maintains a special relationship with four institutions: the Basel Institute on Governance, the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the Swisspeace Foundation are associated institutes that work intensively together, offering mutual benefits with various research groups and university faculties.

Basel Institute on Governance

The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent not-for-profit competence center specialized in corruption prevention and public governance, corporate governance and compliance, anti-money laundering, criminal law enforcement and the recovery of stolen assets. The Institute's multidisciplinary and international team works around the world with public and private organizations towards its mission of tangibly improving the quality of governance globally, in line with relevant international standards and good practices.

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

The Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research FMI, based in Basel, Switzerland, is a world-class center for basic research in life sciences. It was founded in 1970 as a joint effort of two Basel-based pharmaceutical companies and continues to receive, now as an independent foundation, financial support from Novartis. The FMI is devoted to the pursuit of fundamental biomedical research. Areas of expertise are neurobiology, growth control, which includes signaling pathways, and the epigenetics of stem cell development and cell differentiation. The FMI also offers training in biomedical research to PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world.

Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel

At the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel IOB, basic researchers and clinicians will work hand in hand to advance the understanding of eye diseases and to develop new therapies for vision loss. On December 15, 2017 the foundation of the institute was publicly announced by the three founding partners: University of Basel, University Hospital Basel and Novartis. The institute will be constituted as a foundation, granting academic freedom to its scientists, and start its operations in 2018.

Swiss Centre for Rescue, Emergency and Disaster Medicine

The Swiss Centre for Rescue, Emergency and Disaster Medicine SZRNK is an independent, neutral, nationally and internationally aligned center of excellence for rescue, emergency and disaster medicine. It aims to strengthen teaching and research as well as continuing education and advanced training in the field of rescue, emergency and disaster medicine. The SZRNK is to develop into a platform that promotes national and international networking, thereby helping to implement viable concepts for the successful management of major events and catastrophes.

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute Swiss TPH is one of Switzerland's leading public and global health institutions. Associated with the University of Basel, the Institute combines research, teaching and service provision at local, national and international level. Research at the Swiss TPH is focused on epidemiology and public health as well as on medical parasitology and infection biology. It emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches and both national and international partnerships. In addition, the Swiss TPH combines field, laboratory and clinical activities to generate fruitful synergies in research, services and teaching.


Swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. It carries out research on violent conflicts and their peaceful transformation. The Swiss Peace Foundation aims to build up Swiss and international organizations' civilian peace building capacities by providing trainings, space for networking and exchange of experiences. It also shapes political and academic discourses on peace policy issues at the national and international level through publications, workshops and conferences. Swisspeace therefore promotes knowledge transfer between researchers and practitioners.

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