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Una Europa

Established in 2018, Una Europa was among the first alliances selected to receive European Commission funding under the prestigious European Universities initiative. The alliance has pioneered a Europe-wide living lab of over 20 innovative educational formats, with mobility at the core. Opportunities for students, academics and university staff span joint bachelor’s degrees and PhD programs to challenge-based learning and international training placements. Una Europa is also developing a research and innovation ecosystem by building a common research and innovation agenda, developing joint strategies for sharing infrastructures, and strengthening human capital. The university of Zurich joined Una Europa in 2022.

Una Europa and You

Una Europa's activities are characterized by openness and collaboration. Whether you are a student, an academic or a member of professional service staff, you can get involved throughout the year. Under the section Get involved NOW, you can find activities  that are currently open for application.

As a student you can:
•    Become part of the local Una Europa student task force and help building the international student community
•    Participate in one of Una Europa's exchange schemes
•    Participate in international, multilingual, and interdisciplinary learning opportunities

... and more! Find out more on the Una Europa website

As a researcher, you can:

  • Get involved in transdisciplinary research
  • Apply for seed funding to finance collaboration with your peers in Una Europa
  • Participate in mobility schemes for research staff

... and more! Find out more on the Una Europa website

As professional service staff, you can:

  • Participate in mobility schemes for professional staff
  • Participate in joint staff training opportunities

... and more! Find out more on the Una Europa website

If you would like to get involved in Una Europa as a UZH member (student, researcher, staff), please write an email to

Get involved NOW!

Ready to get involved now? Below you can find activites that are currently open for application for UZH members.

Activities Description Deadline

Job shadowing program targeted at professional service staff at Una Europa partners, giving professionals the chance to travel to and engage with members of the Una Europa network.

30 June 2023
Staff Week on the topic of equity and inclusion; organized by the University of Bologna and targeted at professionals working in the areas of human resources, student services, or related areas. 30 June 2023
Papers that explore the present and future of criminal law enforcement in the context of our digital society; accepted papers can be presented at the UNA Cybercrime Conference at KU Leuven in October 2023. 11 June 2023 (for abstracts)
  • Una Europa Edinburgh
  • Una Europa Helsinki

Una Europa @ UZH: Internal organization

Una Europa’s Focus Areas act as the thematic glue that ties together the network’s member universities. Each focus area is governed by a Self-Steering Committee (SSC) with experts hailing from each member university. The SSC develop formats based on the Focus Areas. They are complemented by Thematic Clusters, which revolve around the topics of Research, Teaching and Learning, and Mobility. The clusters support the implementation of the formats developed by the SSC. Further, through representatives for the topics of International Strategy, Sustainability and Diversity, alignment with the UZH's strategy and policies in this regard is accounted for. In addition, Student Representatives ensure that student’s voices are heard within Una Europa. Open the drop-down menus below for detailed information about UZH representation within Una Europa.

Una Europa Governance Bodies

Board of Directors

Director: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Siegert, Deputy President

Support (Una Europa Senior Local Leads): Katja Durkin and Carmen Richard, Global Affairs

Research Strategy Group

Research Strategy Lead: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Stark, Vice President Research

Research Strategy Support: Laura Lots, Research Development

Teaching & Learning Strategy Group

Teaching & Learning Lead: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Siegert, Vice President

Education and Student Affairs Teaching & Learning Support: Dr. Thomas Hidber, Educational Development


Project Management and Communications

Una.Futura Senior Project Lead Valentina Manzato, Global Affairs
Communications Lead

Leslie Reinhard, Global Affairs (Communications Lead)

Patrizia Widmer, Central Communications (Support external communication)


Una Europa Self Steering Committees (SCC)

SSC Cultural Heritage

Prof. Dr. Mareile Flitsch, Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Prof. Dr. Inga Mai Groote, Director Department of Musicology

Prof. Dr. Rebecca Sauer, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

SCC Data Science & AI

Prof. Avi Bernstein Ph.D, Director Digital Society Initiative

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Furrer, Department of Mathematics and Department of Computational Science

SCC Future Materials

Prof. Dr. Greta Patzke, Department of Chemistry

Prof. Dr. David Tilley, Department of Chemistry

SCC Europe and the World

Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann, Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Martin Dusinberre, Department of History, Global History

Prof. Dr. Peter Finke, Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies

SCC One Health

Prof. Dr. Adrian Hehl, Vetsuisse Faculty

Prof. Dr. Jan Fehr, Institute of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute

Prof Dr. Thomas Lutz, Institute of Veterinary Physiology

SCC Sustainabilty

Prof Dr. Maria Santos, Department of Geography

Prof. Dr. Jan Sibert, Department of Geography

Prof. Dr. Stefano Battiston, Department of Banking and Finance

Dr. Jeanette Behringer, Project Leader Sustainability

Una Europa Thematic Clusters

Teaching & Learning Cluster Support and coordination of joint education initiatives, internal coordination of all Teaching & learning questions and formats

Dr. Annika Martin, Dr. Franziska Fecher, Coordinator Educational Programmes Una Europa

Mobility Cluster Support and coordination of student mobility initiatives and mechanisms Afra Schacher, Global Student Experience
Research Cluster Support and coordination of research and third party funding initiatives Maurus Bolfing, Laura Lots, Research Development
Student Administration Cluster Support and coordination in the area of student administration Helen Datsomor

Una Europa Taskforces

International Strategy Taskforce Ensure that Una Europa initiatives are compatible with the UZH Global Strategy 2030 Katja Durkin, Global Affairs
Sustainability Taskforce Ensure that Una Europa initiatives are compatible with the UZH sustainbability policy Dr. Jeanette Behringer, Sustainability Team
Diversity Council Ensure that programmes and initiative are open and inclusive. Dr. Karin Gilland Lutz, Gender Equality and Diversity

Student Representation

Nathalie Guibert Member Una Europa Student Board
Alexander Feltes Member Una Europa Student Board


Weiterführende Informationen

Una Europa Seed Funds

The seed funding opportunities aim to initiate long-term collaborative activities in each of the five Una Europa Focus Areas: Cultural Heritage, Data Science & AI, European Studies, One Health, and Sustainability.

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