With its friendly atmosphere, excellent staff/student ratio and dynamic spirit, the University of Neuchâtel provides exceptional conditions for innovation in exact, natural, human and social sciences.
It hosts over 4,000 students and several hundred researchers across some 40 disciplines, and offers a range of cutting-edge courses. Its research activities notably cover areas such as time/frequency and optical metrology, complex systems and big data, and intellectual property and innovation law.
Perpetuating Swiss excellence in research, the UniNE offers a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills, which provide exceptional conditions for innovation in exact, natural, human and social sciences.
Every year, around 150 new research projects are launched, whether assigned as the result of a competition (SNSF, CTI and European projects) or based on mandates concluded with private companies or public authorities. Around 500 researchers (teaching staff and assistants) and 600 PhD students are involved in these projects, which also serve as a basis for the continuous updating of teaching content.
Nine internationally renowned skills centers bring researchers together around the following areas of study:
Time/Frequency and Optical Metrology: Exploring the frontiers in time measurement, photonics, and metrology (in collaboration with the European Space Agency, in particular as part of the Galileo global positioning project).
Complex Systems and Big Data: Projects on the management of large amounts of computer data, strategic information management, data analysis software, and the issue of confidentiality (notably a European project concerning SMEs).
Intellectual Property and Innovation Law [PI]2: Analysis of the role of intellectual property in the development of information and the transfer of knowledge and technology from three different perspectives: intellectual property law, commercial law and tax law.
Hydrogeology and Geothermics: Research into the sustainable use of water and energy resources, particularly through the modeling of aquifers.
Migration and Mobility: National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) - ‘On the Move’ project on the economic and social causes and impacts of migration and mobility on our societies.
Social Interaction: Interdisciplinary research into processes of communication and interpersonal coordination in different social contexts, such as businesses, schools, and public institutions.
Chemical Ecology: Research into biological interactions based on chemical signals; applications in combating agricultural diseases and pests.
Health Law: Studying the interactions between law, medicine and biotechnologies;patients’ rights, particularly in a context marked by the development of biotechnologies.
Cognitive Science: Examining the origins of language, the operational principles of the human mind, and the mechanisms of communication between individuals and species.
150 new projects per year, generating revenue of 35 million Swiss francs ;
500 researchers (teaching staff and assistants) and
600 PhD students.
Microcity is intended as a unifying force, an incubator for innovative ideas, and a catalyst for giving these ideas tangible form. Together with the other innovation stakeholders involved, the University of Neuchâtel will contribute to the dynamism generated by Microcity. Our skills centers, all of which represent areas of excellence, give the canton a competitive advantage and provide a favorable framework for encouraging closer local collaborations and broader exchanges of ideas and services. Given the wealth of skills it encompasses, Microcity promises to become a unique innovation platform whose impact will be felt far beyond its regional base.