Flagships

Flagship 1

Health and demographic change in an urban environment

Changing environments and demographics have direct impact on the health of our citizens. To take on the interconnected issues of an ageing population, urban density and its environmental impacts and healthcare demands, this flagship focuses on the development of new multidisciplinary approaches to research techniques, teaching and learning methods.


Coordinated by Charles University, this flagship focuses on the health and wellbeing of its citizens and prolonging their active and productive life, and it reflects the goals and priorities of the European Union. It will address the demand for new cures, prevention and personalised approach for better health. The flagship is based on the premise that health has no borders and requires joining forces across universities and across disciplines. Medical, environmental and social scientists are united under the flagship and come up with ideas and outputs to maximize societal impact.


Combining project-based education and research

Education and research are closely linked within the flagship and innovative student-centred teaching methods are promoted. Core curricula with flexible modules are to be introduced and attention will also be paid to the mobility of students and staff, be it in physical or virtual form.


Projects included in the Flagship 1 meet these goals:

  • Protection and improvement the health of Europeans

  • Experimental oncology projects

  • Fight with obesity

  • Ageing-related health and social issues

  • Contribution to the development of new research techniques with a world-wide impact

  • Increasing of competencies of staff in hospitals (clinical / life-long education)

  • Complex contribution to the problem of ageing society

  • Development of modern trends of teaching and learning in biomedicine, biosciences and biotherapies education

  • Complex contribution to the urban studies (geography as well as ageing)


Flagship 2

Europe in a changing world: Understanding and engaging societies, economies, cultures and languages

There is a pressing need to address crucial questions such as what challenges lie ahead for a united Europe, which areas could be — in the foreseeable future — sources of potential European division and which areas can contribute to stronger European unity across the board.


In the European Union, the historic diversity must exist within the common community, based on respect, cooperation and multiple identities that recognize and appreciate the plurality of its roots. In this context, Flagship 2 will research various aspects of European culture and history including its languages, diverse memories, economies, political and legal traditions as well as multiethnic societies.


Flagship 2 will examine:

  • European diversity and complexity for better communication and stronger unity of European societies, especially of younger generations.

  • Internal questions concern public policies (health), social norms (gender questions), economy (FDI vision), digitalization (big data use), the fundamental rights (prevention, punishment, the rule of law), politics (the rise of nationalism and populism).

  • How to reinforce the bonds between the individual European states in a rapidly changing global ideological, legal, economic and cultural environment.


This project will mark a departure from the current "European studies” towards teaching on the diversity of Europe, which managed to overcome its limitations and established a peaceful, democratic and free-market community.


Flagship 3

Transforming science and society: Advancing information, computation and communication

The proposed flagship is a novel combination of approaches to attack questions about big data and computational sciences. Researchers from the network bring expertise and tools developed in their independent research programs to bear on this problem. We have formed a unique interdisciplinary team of researchers from our network with the computational expertise.


This Flagship will boost research, innovation and teaching by identifying and overcoming current major bottlenecks; by developing of novel methodologies of model-based data science as a cross-discipline between different fields; and by incorporating this competence into the diverse curricula to be prepared for the data-driven 21st century. It brings together researchers dealing with storage and handling of big data sets, informatics methods to tackle big data sets, and computational methods to interpret the data such as AI/machine learning.


Focus on academic programmes


The Flagship will also cover academic programmes that offer specializations for different fields such as humanities, social sciences, bioinformatics/life sciences, natural sciences to enable sufficient competencies of handling domain-specific research questions.


The Flagship will apply:

  • A core curriculum in computational tools with special focus on big data management and modern analysis techniques like machine learning and AI.

  • Specialisations for different fields such as humanities, social sciences, bioinformatics/life sciences, natural sciences complement the study to enable sufficient competences of handling domain-specific research questions.

  • Distant learning concepts, embedding students in multi-university research projects and

  • Student organized conferences and summer schools will confront students with real-world problems

  • Foster staff exchange between the university partners

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Flagship 4

Biodiversity and sustainable development

An ever-increasing demand on resources and serious disruptions from climate change are topics that must be efficiently addressed by contemporary science, and which must be based on deep understanding of the underlying processes and principles. Adequate education of future specialists in the field of natural sciences must be based on high-quality research, while long-term maintenance of the research community cannot exist without top quality education of new generations of researchers.


This Flagship is dedicated to both education and research that will ensure high quality research to find solutions to our sustainable development needs. The Flagship 4 includes specific strengths in various areas of life, earth, chemical and environmental sciences. The strength of the cooperation extends beyond the limits of our departments and faculties in all our diversity, which may combined into synergy and complementarity, bringing new approaches with wider horizon and novel, high quality results.


The Flagship 4 will pursue the following topics:

  • Research in the biology of organisms, ecology, biodiversity, and environmental protection, thus providing a sound basis for multidisciplinary research

  • Construct an inspiring, multidisciplinary environment for students, with shared expertise in: academics, teaching-through-research, resources and infrastructures, including well-tailored exchange semesters, summer schools, short intense joint courses

  • Contribute to the environmental education of society, in Europe and across the globe, including suggestions and solutions that would address complex relationships of society, economy and the environment and the communication of these solutions to a diverse audience