NeurotechEU – a European University

NeurotechEU - The European University of Brain and Technology is part of EU's three-year pilot initiative “European Universities” and was one of the 24 networks awarded funding by the EU in the second round of applications in 2020.

Internal assignments

The initiative to create networks (alliances) of higher education institutions developing long-term structural and strategic cooperation, aims at establishing a number of “European universities” by 2024, which will offer students the opportunity to design their own degree by combining studies in several European countries and which will contribute to the international competitiveness of European universities.

There is now a total of European University alliances that will test different models of the concept of European Universities and examine its potential to transform higher education. Eleven of Sweden's higher education institutions are part of these collaborations.NeurotechEU is a thematic network in neuroscience and related technologies that aims to link education, research and innovation in neuro-related subject areas.

The work in progress within NeurotechEU is a pilot project until 2023, but the collaboration is planned to continue beyond that. On top of to the five million euros granted from Erasmus+, NeurotechEU is applying for additional funding, including Horizon2020.


NeurotechEU consists of eight universities from as many countries:

  • Radboud Universiteit  (Netherlands)
  • Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (Spain)
  • Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany)
  • Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Bogazici (Turkey)
  • University of Oxford (UK)
  • Universitatea de Medicină și Farmacie „Iuliu Hațieganu” din Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
  • Debreceni Egyetem (Hungary)

European Universities can involve associated partners who contribute to specific tasks or support the dissemination and sustainability of the alliance.

NeurotechEU has also established partnerships with more than 120 associated partners, fromhigher education institutions, public bodies, research institutes, innovation networks, organizations to industrial partners and companies that all support NeurotechEU's vision.

Radboud Universiteit is as coordinator for NeurotechEU, responsible for management and coordination of the network and the activities.

What does NeurotechEU mean for KI?

The NeurotechEU will run for three years and involve all groups within KI: students on undergraduate and master level, doctoral students, teachers, researchers, administrative staff and management.

KI leads one of the eight work packages - WP3 Neurotech2040 – which is the project's think-tank that aims at identifying scientific and societal challenges in neuroscience, and related technologies that will have a major impact both now and in the future, 240 and beyond. These challenges will give focusto  the work and form the basis for other areas of activity and activities within NeurotechEU.

Workpackages NeurotechEU
Work Packages NeurotechEU Foto: NeurotechEU

Organisation and contact persons at KI

Ki is represented by Robert Harris, Academic Vice President and Chairman of the Committee for Doctoral Education and Chairman of the Internationalisation Advisory Council.

Project managers (tentative) are Albin Gaunt and Anna Dahlerus at the International Relations Office.

A central goal of NeurotechEU activities is the continuous integration of education, research, and innovation and the activities are coordinated in eight work packages (WPs). Each WP is lead by one of the eight institutions and all institutions are represented in all WP. Below is a list of all WPs with the lead institution in brackets and the KI main representatives in each group:

WP1 General Management and Coordination (RU)
Robert Harris

WP2 Quality Control and Assurance (UMH)
Anna Kiessling

WP3 Neurotech2040 (KI)
Robert Harris

WP4 Neurochallenges in Education and Research (UBO)
Lennart Brodin

WP5 Neurochallenges in Technological Innovation (BOUN)
Daniel Lundqvist

WP6 Neurochallenges in Societal Innovation (OXF)
Susanne Guidetti

WP7 Widening access: Diversity, multilingualism and multiculturalism (UMF)
Jennifer Valcke

WP8 Sustainability and Dissemination (UD)
Albin Gaunt

Communication and local implementation

Communication and implementation of the project within KI will be conducted widely through the university's various decision -making bodies, committees and groups. It is of great importance that the entire university is involved in designing the content of the project and identifies how and in what ways KI benefits the most from the collaboration in the future. For the success of the project, well-coordinated decisions will be required at all levels.


Albin Gaunt

Project manager

Anna Dahlerus

International coordinator