Collaboration networks

To facilitate opportunities for collaborative research and exchanges, KI participates in a number of international academic networks coordinated by the International Relations Office.

Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health

The virtual Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health is a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University in Uganda. The aim of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health is to develop capacity and mobilise actions to drive the agenda for sustainable health. The Centre is permeated by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University have leveraged the long-standing partnership in research and education to be key players in advancing action and have established the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health. The Centre aims to investigate and promote new ways of operationalizing a holistic and sustainable take on health in the 21st century.

More about Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health


Karolinska Institutet is a member of Eurolife. This network of nine prestigious European universities, aims to promote and facilitate collaborative research and education activities, the exchange of researchers, research students and master students and the creation of new research opportunities within the field of Life Sciences (Biomedicine and Medicine).

The Eurolife member institutions are: Universitat de Barcelona, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Edinburgh, University Medical Center Göttingen, Medical University of Innsbruck, Leiden University Medical Center, University of Strasbourg, Semmelweis University and Karolinska Institutet.

Eurolife has been awarded an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership grant towards its transnational project DATAETHICS aiming at updating the conceptual and ethical considerations that arise from Biomedical Big Data (BBD) collection and use. 

KI student ambassador Sara blogged about her Eurolife Winter School experience in Austria. Watch the film and read the blog to learn more about the collaboration from the student perspective.

For more information please contact:

Anna Dahlerus

International Coordinator

M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies

The M8 Alliance is the academic foundation of the World Health Summit. This unique network currently consists of 28 members in 20 countries, Karolinska Institutet being one member, including the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), which represents the national academies of medicine and science in 130 countries.

The M8 Alliance was initiated by Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin in 2009 on the occasion of the first World Health Summit. The International Presidency of the World Health Summit rotates annually among members of the M8 Alliance. 

KI contact: Stefan Swartling-Peterson.

For more information on M8

Magna Charta

KI signed the Magna Charta Universitatum 2015. It contains principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy as a guideline for good governance and self-understanding of universities in the future.

For more information please contact:

Kristina Jesinkey

International Coordinator

NeurotechEU – The European University of Brain and Technology

NeurotechEU is part of the European Union’s three-year pilot initiative “European Universities” and is one of 41 alliances that has been granted funding.

The aim of the pilot is to create alliances between European higher education institutions with the stated goal of trying out new forms of educational and research collaborations and thereby strengthen the international competitiveness of the European higher education system (European Education Area). Students, researchers, teachers and other staff will be able to move freely between the institutions within an alliance and students will be able to combine courses from the various institutions.

NeurotechEU consists of eight European universities which, in collaboration with a large number of external partners, plan to design courses and programmes, enable scientific breakthroughs and ensure successful knowledge transfer for the benefit of society as a whole in the field of neuroscience and technology. KI leads the project's think-tank, aiming at identifying scientific and societal challenges in neuroscience, and related technologies, that will have a major impact both now and in the future. These challenges will form the basis for other activities within NeurotechEU. Great focus is also placed on educational issues and mobility with the aim of developing courses and joint educational programs with strong connections to research, innovation and external partners in neuroscience and technology.

NeurotechEU is a three-year pilot project until 2023, but the alliance aims for a more comprehensive and long-term collaboration.

Network Medicine Alliance

In the past year, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University and the Karolinska Institutet along with other Universities of Europe such as La Sapienza University, Maastricht University and Technical University of Vienna, have started working together as an Network Medicine Global Alliance. After a start-up meeting in Rome autumn 2018, planning groups have been formed and activities currently being explored include: exchange of faculty and staff members, graduate and undergraduate students; joint grant applications, joint implementation of research projects, and much more.

To inaugurate the initiative between the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University and Karolinska Institutet within the Network Medicine Institute and Global Alliance, KI hosts a symposium May 22, 2019 with top scientists in the field who will present their latest research and projects. The aim of the symposium is to promote the use of network science in personalized medicine and to present a new roadmap for personalized medicine research within clinical science.

Network Medicine:

Network Medicine allows for the systematic exploration of the molecular complexity of a particular disease and also of the molecular relationships among apparently distinct pathologic phenotypes. The multidisciplinary expertise within the International Network Medicine Consortium (data analysts, mathematicians, physicists, medical researchers and clinicians) facilitates joint progress by using network theory to measure on a microscopic scale the relation between genes, proteins, endogenous and exogenous metabolites and diseases. On a larger scale the framework of multilevel networks will measure the likelihood and possible strength of side effects in patient treatment. Finally, on a macroscopic scale, data analysts can use network theory to assess quantitatively risky patient behavior. All these approaches are a powerful pillar in establishing diagnosis, risk prediction and treatment on an individual basis.

For more information about the Network Medicine Alliance.

Lise-Lotte Vedin

International coordinator

Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences

Karolinska Institutet is a member of the network NorDoc (Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences) that has the aim to provide doctoral students at the partner universities free access to courses within each university. Admission and selection is handled according to the local rules of each NorDoc partner.

Courses at universities within NorDoc

For more information please contact:

Matti Nikkola

Lecturer senior
C5 Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Lotta Lundqvist

International coordinator
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Scholars at Risk

KI is a member of Scholars at Risk Network (SAR). It is an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide.

For more information please contact:

Kristina Jesinkey

International Coordinator

SIREUS – Platform for increased talent mobility between Sweden and the USA

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce USA (SACC-USA), the Swedish Embassy in Washington (USA) and Karolinska Institutet together with 11 other universities in Sweden has began a three-year collaboration project, SIREUS, that will establish and operate a structured platform for increased talent mobility and knowledge exchange between Sweden and the USA in the areas of innovation, science and entrepreneurship.

For more information please contact:

Lise-Lotte Vedin

International coordinator
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