Associated partners

World leading companies in the field of spectroscopic techniques

brukerBruker Biospin, Wissembourg, France.Bruker is one of the leading world-wide spectroscopic instrumentation manufacturers. Bruker systems cover a broad spectrum of applications in all fields of research and production.


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SACMI, Italy, is an international group and world leader in manufacturing machines and complete plants for the Ceramics, Packaging, Food and Plastics industries – markets in which it is recognized worldwide leader.



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ENI is awell know integrated energy company that operates across the entire energy chain, employing around 33,000 people in over 70 countries around the world. ENI will provide advice on possible application of research results, and also committed to offer a few internships to students working on themes of joint interest.



Instytut Fotonowy

Instytut Fotonowy is an industrial associated partner of the ASC network that is in close link with Krakow. The company is devoted to design and construction of laboratory equipment mostly involved with detection, shaping and generation of light. Experts from Instytut Fotonowy will contribute to the ASC Advisory board, as well as to the winter schools by providing spectroscopy oriented seminars, soft skills and career opportunities seminars. Instytut Fotonowy will propose internships and onsite visits to ASC students.


Promotion and financial support


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Utrecht Network is a representative European-wide network of universities (31 European Higher Education Institutions in 29 countries) cooperating with partner networks in Australia and the USA in the area of internationalization of higher education.



The Council of Region Hauts de France, in order to promote excellence at Master’s level and develop intercultural communication, has been supporting the ASC master since it was created by offering several study or research mobility grants each year to self-financed ASC students. This regional body will increase its financial support to the international mobility of ASC students to contribute to the sustainability of the programme. It will also be involved in the advisory board of the programme for external evaluation.



Academic associated partners from partner countries


 Karazin Kharkiv National University

Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, ENI East – Region 2, which originally stemmed from aresearch collaboration in Lille, were developed and consolidated over the past few years: visiting scholars came to Lille since 2011, and a double-degree agreement was signed in 2015. Since then, the ASC programme hosted 7 students from Kharkiv.




ebanese American UniversityThe inclusion of the Lebanese American University (Lebanon, ENI south – Region 3) emanated from the ASC consortium as a whole, through one of our alumni who is now Professor there and is keen on supporting ASC. It was just recently materialized: a guest staff participated to the October 2018 Autumn Welcome Workshop and will come to Lille as a scholar in May 2019 to work on cooperation opportunities with the network in both research and teaching. They are now official associated partners of the consortium (see ORA).


ThRésultat de recherche d'images pour "Harbin Institute of Technology logo"e same strategy was used to connect with the Harbin Institute of Technology (China, Asia – Region 6): 2 incoming visiting scholar stays were organized. In addition, teaching staff from Lille also went to Harbin as visiting scholars (funded by the university) and promoted the programme. A double-degree convention ensued, signed in 2018. The first learning agreement for a student from Harbin was drafted, who will be welcomed in September 2019 (for S3/S4) with an external grant (850€/month for 10 months + 1000€ travel costs).




The National University of Sao Paolo (Brazil, Latin America Region 8), a contact which came through one of our associated partners (SOLEIL synchrotron) supports and is willing to develop a partnership agreement with the ASC program.




Research Institutes’ involvement in the ASC Master’s course: training and internships



CICATA-IPN research centre of the Mexico City Instituto Politecnico Nacional (who will act as promoters of the programme in IPN for now) with the objective of involving the entire HEI for, e.g., double-degrees.


SOLEIL, is the French national synchrotron facility, operating at 2.75 GeV as a high brilliance third generation synchrotron. It offers a unique panorama of experiments (11 beamlines in surface and material sciences, chemistry, environmental and earth sciences and biology).

CNR-IMM bologneThe Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (CNR-IMM) Section of Bologna is a multi-disciplinary research centre, with 30 years’ experience in the study of materials and devices for microelectronics. IMM-BO embraces a wide area of knowledge, spanning from material characterization to the study of technological processes, and the design and fabrication of integrated devices. The laboratory raised as a European excellence in the development and use of electron, ion and X-ray characterization techniques, and renowned competences in Transmission, Scanning and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM, SEM and STEM, respectively). The CNR-IMM agrees to welcome ASC master students for their thesis, in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Chemistry. Researchers of CNR-IMM are also willing to deliver lectures and seminars to students, and to provide counseling via the External Advisory Board.



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ELETTRA Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy,
the Italian 3rd generation synchrotron radiation facility is a multidisciplinary research center hosting 26 beamlines and 10 supporting laboratories. ELETTRA will offer internships to the ASC students. Researchers and qualified personnel will continue to deliver lectures/seminars during winter schools and participate in the upgrades of the joint synchrotron module. One member of ELETTRA will be part of the ASC external advisory board, for quality enhancement of the program. 2nd-year students in Bologna can visit the facilities.





The National Synchrotron Radiation Centre SOLARIS will provide hard skills (technological) seminars and participate to the external quality assessment. It will also provide access to its premises for visits, consultations as well as internships, realized in collaboration with laboratories of the Jagiellonian University.


jcetJagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET), Poland is a well-equipped interdisciplinary research center of medical research and development, first of its kind in Poland and unique in Europe. JCET will continue hosting ASC students in the frame of their Master thesis or short-term internships. JCET’s staff will participate in winter schools to give spectroscopy oriented seminars



ufz_transparent_en_blueHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) will offer internships and/or master thesis topics for 2nd year students of the ASC master. Topics and possibilities for the practical work will be offered in collaboration with a supervisor from the ASC staff. Scientific staff of UFZ will take part in teaching activities by offering specialized lectures or seminars. UFZ also welcomes onsite visits of ASC students of the institution’s premises, organized by the University of Leipzig. UFZ is willing to take part in the quality assessment by sending a suitable person to participate in the EAB


iomThe Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM) is working on interdisciplinary topics of application-oriented basic research and innovative application development. The aim is to gain new scientific insights as well as implementing these in an economic context. IOM will offer internships and/or master thesis topics for 2nd year students of the ASC master. Topics and possibilities for the practical work will be offered in collaboration with a supervisor from the ASC staff. Scientific staff of IOM will take part in teaching activities by offering specialized lectures or seminars. IOM also welcomes onsite visits of ASC students of the institution’s premises, organized by the University of Leipzig. IOM is willing to take part in the quality assessment by sending a suitable person to participate in the advisory board meetings.


Competitiveness clusters, links with local industrial environment


logo_matikemThe MATIKEM pole of competitiveness is in charge of developing cooperation between HEIs and SMEs in the Hauts-de-France region, in the field of chemistry and materials. The ASC program was successfully labelled by MATIKEM. MATIKEM promote the ASC program within its extensive industrial network. They provide industrial contacts to the students for internship prospection, and punctually invite ASC students or staff to workshops/fairs that they feel relevant, thus providing local visibility of the course to companies in the field. Following the success of our first Autumn Welcome Workshop to which they participated, MATIKEM has proposed to organize a yearly one-day seminar on entrepreneurship and management, during semester S1 (starting 2019-2020).


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The businesses and research institutes in the Energy & Environment Cluster and the Energy & Environment Association are a key growth driver in Leipzig’s economy. In addition to conveying internship / master thesis opportunities in companies, NEU will also provide transferable skills seminars for employability, and will participate in the quality assessment (external advisory board).


Luke_EN_virall_WEBNatural Resources Institute, LUKE, Finland is a research and expert organization promoting bio economy and sustainable use of natural resources. Luke comprises the state research institutes MTT Agrifood Research Finland, the Finnish Forest Research Institute, the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, and the statistical services of the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

LUKE will be able to offer internship/Master thesis topics for the second year students of the ASC Master. Scientific staff from Luke will be able to take part in the teaching activities, on a voluntary basis. Luke will propose onsite visits to ASC master students. Luke will take part in the quality assessment meetings of the ASC Master.



VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is one of the leading research and technology organizations in Europe and paves the way for the future by developing new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services. At VTT, the National Metrology Institute MIKES specializes in developing measurement and calibration technologies for industry. The research at VTT includes optical spectroscopy, in particular development and applications of new techniques for industrial and environmental gas analysis. In addition to internships, VTT MIKES will contribute to quality assurance of the programme.