The European Campus has defined thematic areas of cooperation in order to use common strengths and bundle competences. These focal points were defined on the basis of potential and location analyses and existing cooperation projects. In the future, topic-specific consortia which are capable of conducting internationally visible and competitive research and are closely networked with teaching and innovation will be established in these areas. The main focus areas include: Quantum Sciences and Technology, Personalised Health – Precision Medicine, Sustainability and European Identities.
Eucor – The European Campus supports the development of new cooperations in the fields of teaching, research and innovation within and beyond the focus areas through the Seed Money scheme.
Quantum Sciences and Technology
Research in the field of quantum technology is the basis for developing important future technologies. As a result, the European Campus is participating in shaping the “second quantum revolution” while building its focus on Quantum Sciences and Technology on the basis of existing research collaborations. A center of excellence “Quantum Science and Quantum Computing” at the Universities of Basel and Freiburg with a post doc cluster and two doctoral schools within the European Campus are currently being funded with ten million Swiss francs. In addition, the University of Strasbourg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology already have joint research groups and two joint professorships in nanotechnology and are aiming to establish a European center for quantum sciences. In the field of Quantum Sciences and Technology, a joint doctoral programme is also already being funded by the EU through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (COFUND).
Personalised Health – Precision Medicine
Global health systems are facing major challenges in the face of demographic and social change. With its focus on Personalised Health – Precision Medicine, the European Campus aims to contribute to medical diagnoses, disease prevention and drug development in order to adapt to individual requirements, specific environmental influences, personal lifestyle or genetic differences. With this focus, the European Campus also takes up national strategic impulses from France, Germany and Switzerland and places them in the European context. Three member universities on the European Campus run medical faculties and university hospitals. A competence network Personalised Health Basel already exists at the University of Basel. In addition, all five member universities have strategic priorities in the life sciences. Furthermore, the focal area can build on diverse scientific networks (e.g. the trinational network Neurex in the field of neuroscience, the Trinational Integrated Biological Signalling Network of the Upper Rhine Area TRISIGNIA or the Upper Rhine Immunology Group).
With its focus on sustainability, the European Campus seeks to contribute to solving pressing ecological, economic and social issues and to support the formation of a model region for sustainability. Against the background of the United Nations’ “Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development”, the term is to be understood in a multi- and interdisciplinary way within the framework of the cooperation within the European Campus. Here too, the European Campus is building on existing collaborations: With the Upper Rhine Cluster for Sustainability Research, a cross-border network is already working on the topic of Governance of Sustainable Growth, and with SERIOR (SEcurity – RIsk – ORientation) the members of the European Campus are also involved in a Graduate Academy that offers practice-oriented programmes on disaster control. There is also potential in the technical, engineering and humanities fields. With the French-German Institute for Environmental Research (DFIU), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has many years of experience in cross-border, interdisciplinary cooperation. Furthermore, the shutdown of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant and its technical, ecological, economic and social transformation will be a challenge for science and society in the Upper Rhine region. The Juxta Rhenum cooperation project between the Universities of Strasbourg and Haute-Alsace and the signing of the declaration “Projet de territoire – Notre ambition commune pour l’avenir du territoire de Fessenheim” (Territorial project – Our common ambition for the future of the territory of Fessenheim) on February 1, 2019, provide links to the other member universities of Eucor – The European Campus.
With European Identities, the European Campus explicitly connects with the humanistic educational tradition and the common history of the Upper Rhine region, which is strongly linked to the European values of today: freedom, democracy, peace and human rights. Due to the immense diversity of subjects and the associated multi-layered expertise in the humanities and social sciences, the European Campus can optimally develop its performance potential in such a focus. European identities are also sharpened in comparison with and in contrast to non-European areas. The focus area builds on already existing academic networks, for example the Upper Rhine Research Group on Antiquity “Collegium Beatus Rhenanus”.