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League of European Research Universities (LERU)

European Network of Research-Intensive Universities

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is a respected voice in the European Higher Education Area. It is committed to upholding sound conditions for research, especially basic research, and teaching.

UZH has been a LERU member since 2006. This well-established network of 23 research-led European Universities has had a significant impact on research policy in Europe. UZH's membership is one of the cornerstones of the University's internationalization strategy.

LERU Stories

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LERU Senior Officers Network Meeting in Zurich

In October 2023, the University of Zurich hosted the Senior Officer Network meeting, which presented a great opportunity for exchange and to prepare for the academic year ahead.

Europe’s Top Research Universities Gather at UZH – LERU Rector's Assembly in Zurich

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Europe's leading research universities have united at UZH for the Rectors' Assembly of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), fostering partnerships and tackling critical issues in European research.

The Importance of Holistic Doctoral Supervision – LERU Publication Co-Authored by UZH

More about The Importance of Holistic Doctoral Supervision – LERU Publication Co-Authored by UZH

Supervision of doctoral researchers is a central aspect of doctoral education, which is a core activity of universities, especially research-intensive ones. 

UZH Representation on LERU Groups

Since joining the prestigious LERU network, the University of Zurich has made various effective contributions to its numerous bodies and working groups. Global Affairs acts as the central point of contact for all internal and external matters related to LERU.

Open the drop-down of the following fold-out components for more information about UZH representation on the different LERU Groups.

LERU Governing Bodies

The Rectors’ Assembly is LERU's highest decision-making governance body, consisting of the heads of the member institutions. Three Rectors serve as the Board of Directors (BoD). Once a year, the BoD meets together with the chairs of the nine Policy Groups (BoD+).

UZH is represented by its President Michael Schaepman.
LERU: Governing Bodies

LERU Groups

LERU organizes its activities mainly in approximately 25–30 more or less permanent working groups, which consist of representatives from the member universities. UZH contributes to the numerous working groups, including Policy Groups, Thematic Groups and Network Groups.
LERU: Groups

LERU Policy Groups

Policy Groups bring together representatives from all member universities to work on LERU policy issues in certain areas. Typically their work results in public policy papers used for advocacy.

UZH is represented by:

LERU Group UZH Member

LERU: Doctoral Studies

Claudine Leysinger, Head of Division, Graduate Campus

LERU: Enterprise & Innovation

Maria Olivares, Head Innovation

LERU: Equality, diversity and inclusion

Karin Gilland Lutz, Deputy Head, Gender Equality and Diversity

LERU: European Research Projects Managers

Sofia Karakostas, Annika Glauner, EU Grants Access

LERU: Information & Open Access

Andrea Malits, Head Data Services and Open Access, Main Library

LERU: Learning & Teaching

Gabriele Siegert, Deputy President and Vice President Education and Student Affairs

LERU: Research

Elisabeth Stark, Vice President Research

LERU: Research Integrity

Martin Hanselmann, Research Development

LERU Thematic Groups

Thematic groups are primarily responsible for contributing their expertise on specific topics related to their remit. They operate on an activity-driven, self-organizing and voluntary basis.

UZH is represented by:

LERU Group UZH Member

LERU: Alumni Relations

Sandra Emanuel, Director UZH Alumni

LERU: Careers of Researchers & HR

Karin Bertschinger, Head of Human Resources
Lisa Müller, Head of Research Development

LERU: Crime & Social Control

Patrik Manzoni, Faculty of Law

LERU: Digital Education

Alexandra Jansky, Team Lead Digital Education / Innovation, Division Educational Development

LERU: Ethics

Francis Cheneval, Department of Philosophy



LERU: Philanthropy Annelise Alig Anderhalden, CEO UZH Foundation

LERU: Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes

Michaela Thallmair, Head of Department, Animal Welfare

LERU: Theology & Religious Studies

Konrad Schmid, Faculty of Theology

LERU Network Groups

The main function of these groups is to optimize communication and information management of LERU business inside, between and outside of LERU universities.

UZH is represented by:

LERU Group UZH Member

LERU: Directors of Communication

Jürg Dinner, Head of Communication

LERU: Senior Officers' Network

Katja Durkin, Head Global Affairs