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Masaryk University (MU) is a public, non-profit educational and research organisation, founded in 1919 as the second Czech university in Brno, South Moravian Region. At present it comprises nine faculties and 2 university institutes with over 200 departments, institutes and clinics, more than 37 000 students and 4500 staff, making it the second largest university in the Czech Republic. The long term aim of Masaryk University is to profile itself as a research university with an internationally respected research programme, distinct profile and research results visible in European context, a university actively involved in international collaboration both on European and global level.

The Central European Institue of Technology (CEITEC) at Masaryk University was established in 2009 as an independent institute focused solely on research. Since 2011, it operates as part of the CEITEC consortium consisting of four leading Brno universities and two research institutes who joined forces in order to establish a supraregional centre of scientific excellence combining life sciences, advanced materials and nanotechnologies. CEITEC comprises 7 research programmes (Advanced Nanotechnologies and Microtechnologies, Advanced Materials, structural Biology, Genomics and Proteomics of Plant Systems, Molecular Medicine, Brain and Mind Research, Molecular Veterinary Medicine) and 10 core facilities (Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterization, Structural Analysis Laboratory, Biomolecular Interactions and Crystallization, X-ray Diffraction and Bio-SAXS Core Facility, Nanobiotechnology Core Facility, Josef Dadok National NMR Centre, Cryo-electron Microscopy and Tomography, Proteomics Core Facility, Genomics Core Facility, Multimodal and Functional Imaging Laboratory), with a total of 60 research groups.

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is an intergovernmental organization specializing in basic research in the life sciences. It is one of the world’s leading research institutions and is Europe’s flagship institute for the life sciences. The cornerstones of EMBL's mission are to perform basic research in molecular biology; to train scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to offer vital services to scientists in the member states; to develop new instruments and methods and to actively engage in technology transfer.

EMBL is international, innovative and interdisciplinary. Its 1,760 employees from 60 nations represent scientific disciplines including biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. Research at EMBL emphasizes experimental analysis at multiple levels of biological organization, from the molecule to the organism, as well as computational biology, bioinformatics and systems biology.

EMBL operates from five sites across Europe: its main laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany; the European BioInformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Hinxton, UK; research and services for structural biology in Grenoble, France; research and services for structural biology in Hamburg, Germany and its mouse biology facility in Monterotondo, Italy. EMBL’s Core Facilities play a crucial role in enabling scientists to achieve ambitious research goals in a cost effective way. Currently, facilities cover the following areas: Advanced Light Microscopy, Chemical Biology, Electron Microscopy, Flow Cytometry, Genomics, Protein Expression and Purification, and Proteomics. The Core Facilities are open to both internal and external scientists, who benefit significantly from CFs’ contributions and advice.

Uppsala University (UU), founded in 1477, is the first and one of the largest universities in Scandinavia with integrated educational and research environment. UU mission is “to gain and disseminate knowledge for the benefit of humankind and for better world” and is based on three pillars: world-leading research, first-class education, and attaining excellence and benefiting society. It is also a long-standing international track-record in cancer research, in particular regarding translational/clinical research of hematological malignancies, as well as in chemical/biological RNA research.

The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology is one of the largest department within the Medical Faculty with a focus on cancer and molecular diagnostics, which in turn is closely associated with Uppsala University Hospital, one of six university hospitals in Sweden.

The Department of Cell and Molecular, hosts the Uppsala RNA Research Centre, which is a national canter of excellence, with a vision to foster fruitful interactions between in-depth chemical/biological RNA knowledge and future biotechnological and medical innovation.

​The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), founded in 2000, is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country. It is a legal entity governed by private law with non-profit status, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. CERTH has important scientific and technological achievements in various research areas has received numerous awards and distinctions and is listed among the TOP-20 EU institutions with the highest participation in competitive research grants.  CERTH consists of five institutes: Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CPERI); Information Technologies Institute (ITI); Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT); Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB); and Institute for Research & Technology of Thessaly (IRETETH). More than 600 people work at CERTH with the majority being scientists.

The Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) at CERTH aims to bridge the gap between bioscientific research excellence and applications meeting the evolving needs of the end-user. INAB has an extensive network of collaborations throughout Greece, neighbouring countries, Europe and the rest of the world with joint activities with research institutions, public agencies and private companies.

The Information Technologies Institute (ITI) focuses on the promotion and execution of research in the area of informatics and telecommunications in the Northern Greece. It is one of the leading Institutions of Greece in the fields of Informatics, Telematics and Telecommunications, with long experience in numerous European and national R&D projects.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 692298.
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