Uppsala University

Uppsala University holds great diversity in education and research, in many fields on the cutting edge of research (ranking number 66 in the world by JiaoTong Univ, Shanghai, and number 71 by Times Higher Education). The research in Biology includes strong elements of fundamental research and applied science, particularly in biotechnology, energy, evolutionary biology and environmental research.
All education is closely tied to research, since the teachers are also active researchers. The 40,000 students have access to the very latest research findings and at the same time are immersed in a living cultural setting that builds on several centuries of tradition. A large selection of international master programmes and advanced courses are offered in English. Uppsala University boasts agreements for student exchange with 400 universities in 40 countries all over the globe.


Catholic University of Portugal – College of Biotechnology (Escola Superior de Biotecnologia)

ESB is a College of the Catholic University of Portugal, established in 1984. A public, non-state organisation, ESB offers undergraduate programmes leading to degrees in Biosciences, Bioengineering and Health Technologies, according to the Bologna process. More than 800 undergraduate students study at ESB. It also offers various postgraduate programmes in the same fields, leading, among others, to MScs in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science, and PhD degrees. Its research unit, CBQF (Centre of Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry) hosts over 200 researchers. CBQF has consistently achieved the rating of Very Good in international evaluations. In 2005, CBQF has been granted the status of State Associate Laboratory in the Food and Environmental sectors. ESB possesses a strong background and a long track record in R&D in the Food and Environmental areas, collaborating in a large number of national and international projects. Biological systems for the rehabilitation of water and degraded ecosystems, including biofilm reactors, contructed wetlands and phyorremediation, and automated methods of analysis for water, are among the fields for which there is strong expertise available in the environmental department.

Catholic University of Angers

The UCO was initially founded in 1373 (and again in 1875). It’s now 130 years old with over than 12.000 students (1.500 foreign), 130 universities in partnership around the world. The UCO promotes and sustains the development of trans-disciplinary programs that allow her to cement its position as one of the leaders among the institutes of higher education in Western France.  
Its Institut de Biologie et d'Ecologie Appliquée (IBEA) offers professionally oriented programmes in biology, ecology and environment. Several orientations deal with various aspects of catchments. Its centre of research CEREA, a key partner in many international and national networks, carries out high-level research on aquatic ecosystems at different scale biology integration in a sustainable development perspective.


University of Porto

The University of Porto (U.PORTO) has about 28.000 students (of which more than 3,500 are post-graduate level) and offers more than 60 graduate courses in all major fields of study and more than 120 Master courses. The University of Porto carries out high quality research. The commitment to internationalisation is another driving force in the development of the U.PORTO, with high student mobility and teaching staff exchange. U.PORTO has been playing an active role in international activities related to the assessment and financing of higher education. 


Umeå University

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science of Umeå University offers a wide range of independent courses for approx 800 full-time students and about 160 employees. We pursue a broad range of exciting research projects. These can coarsely be classified into the broad disciplines of ecology, environmental change, physical geography and taxonomy. A large part of the research at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science is carried out by a number of dynamic research groups.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has more than 19,000 students and more than 100 MSc programmes and is known for its interactive and high quality education. The faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW) has a long-standing experience in international research on hydrology, climate change and ecology. The research groups participating in Ecocatch specialise in climate change research, ecological genomics, coastal ecology and soil-plant interactions. Our researchers have an outstanding international reputation, attracting many external grants and are partners in various EU-networks. A recent citation analysis of the national research school SENSE mentioned that ‘the relative impact of these publications is far above world average with 23 articles in the top 10% and 7 articles in the top 1% cited articles’ and has researchers that belong to ISI Highly Cited researchers within Ecology and Environment (i.e top 0.5% most cited).


Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Iasi

The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi is the oldest higher education institution in Romania. Since 1860, the university has been carrying on a tradition of excellence and innovation in the fields of education and research. With over 36,000 students and 900 academic staff, the university enjoys a high prestige at national and international level and cooperates with over 180 universities world-wide. The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University became the first student-centered university in Romania. For the second year in a row, the University was placed first in the national research ranking. Striving for excellence, the university takes unique initiatives to stimulate research quality, to encourage dynamic and creative education and to attract the best students to academic life.