Who we are


Universite de Montpellier

The Université de Montpellier, UM (France) is the 6th largest university in France, with about 50,000 students including 7000 coming from abroad to study in Montpellier. One of the most innovative higher education institutions in the world, UM ranks very high in many international rankings: first in the world in the 2018 Shanghai ranking for Ecology, first most innovative French university in 2018 Reuter’s ranking, 5thin France in 2018 Leiden’s ranking for the quality of its scientific publications, 3rdFrench university in the 2019 “University Impact ranking” of Times Higher Education.

These increasingly outstanding results reflect the dynamism triggered by the Montpellier University of Excellence I-SITE project since the prestigious certification was obtained in March 2017.

The University of Montpellier provides multidisciplinary educational programs and courses, from medicine, biology, chemistry, agro-environment, and engineering sciences to political science, business, law, and economics, and delivers 600 diplomas. UM works closely with the job market stakeholders, and provides guidance to students to help them build their customized university and professional project therefore the employability rate is 90%.

The teaching and R&D in membrane fields is mainly performed by the staff of the European Institute of Membranes (IEM). The IEM is a multi-field research laboratory on membrane materials and processes. It was founded in 2000 and it is a Joint Research Unit of Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie of Montpellier and the Université de Montpellier.



The Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, UT3 (France) has its origins in the 13th century and was officially born in 1969 from the merger of the faculties of medicine, pharmacy and science. The name of the university pays homage to Paul Sabatier, a scientist born in Carcassonne in 1854. Nobel laureate in chemistry in 1912, Paul Sabatier was dean of the Faculty of Sciences of Toulouse and a member of the Academy of Sciences. It is under the aegis of this scientist that the University of Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier is proud to welcome today more than 35,000 students including 3,000 foreigners through 200 foreign partner universities. The university is known for its strong research and teaching and hosts 68 research structures on the nine sites of the university. Through its sites, the university participates in the economic and scientific influence of the Occitanie Region and promotes the development of the territories.

The diversity of its laboratories and the quality of its training in science, health, sport, technology and engineering have ensured its scientific influence for more than 50 years and place it among the world’s leading universities. It is recognized among the top 300 institutions for its scientific performance by the international ranking of the National University of Taiwan (NTU ranking).

Research activities on membrane science and engineering are conducted in the Chemical Engineering Laboratory (LGC) which is a joint research unit of CNRS, National Scientific Research Council, with two universities: the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT) and the Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier (UT3). The LGC develops world leading research in disciplines ranging from materials sciences and physico-chemical processes. The teaching activities are mainly realised in the “Master Physico-Chimique mention Génie des Procédés et des Bio-procédés” which host around 80 students.



The Universidad de Zaragoza is the main centre of technological innovation in the Ebro Valley and has great prestige among the group of both Spanish and European universities. Through the Vice-Rector for Internationalization and Cooperation, the University of Zaragoza participates in various exchange programmes, collaborating with universities and research centres from Europe, Latin America and the USA, thereby strengthening its international standing.

The University of Zaragoza was funded in 1583. UNIZAR has currently over 3250 professors and researchers (56% permanent), 1750 (80% permanent) personal for administrative services and laboratory technicians. There are over 30500 students. The postgraduate studies at the UNIZAR related with the MSc in membrane engineering correspond to the programme in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. The University of Zaragoza and the Institute of Nanoscience and Materials Sciences of Aragon have exceptional materials preparation and characterization equipment, including some unique instruments in Spain and Europe.

The international cooperation activities in the field of Membrane Engineering include the collaboration in several research projects (FP7) and in the European master and the doctorate in Membrane Engineering.


University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague

The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague is a natural centre of first-rate study and research in the area of chemistry in Czechia and is one of the country’s largest educational and research institutions focused on technical chemistry, chemical and biochemical technologies, material and chemical engineering, food chemistry, and environmental studies. It is known for its educational and research activities in almost all branches of chemistry, chemical engineering, food chemistry and technology, biochemistry, refining, water-treatment, power and biological sciences and technologies, as well as environment protection, materials sciences and other chemistry-based fields of study.

According to the prestigious Times Higher Education rankings, UCT Prague, one of five Czech universities, ranks among the 4% of the best world universities (*2017). The school has also dominated the rankings of the Education Policy Centre of Charles University in the category “Emphasis on Science, Research and Creativity” category (*2016). Half of its income is generated from the institution’s creative activities focused on science, research and innovation. In the Czech context, this is an extraordinary accomplishment.


University of Twente

The University of Twente offers a wide range of programmes from pre-university to in-company training sessions and from summer school to part-time master’s in fields as technical medicine, robotics, IT, business & public policy, chemistry and engineering science, earth observation, and natural or social sciences.

The research and education aim at making a difference in today’s society while setting up the next generation for the future. The cross-disciplinary way of working that characterizes UT University opens up unexpected possibilities, especially in combination with creativity and excellence in scientific disciplines. The research and education contribute to change, progress, and renewal on the following scientific themes:

The academic education is complemented by the application of new skills in the various state-of-the-art labs. UT is composed of a dynamic community with more than 12,000 students and 3,700 staff members, representing a hundred nationalities.

The University of Twente was founded in 1961 and is the only campus university in the Netherlands. It offers research and degree programmes in the social and behavioral sciences and in engineering. In keeping with its entrepreneurial spirit, UT makes important economic and social contributions to the region of the Netherlands where it is located. The total number of spin-off companies presently counts up to almost 1000.


Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa was founded on the 11th of August 1973 and is the youngest of Lisbon’s three state Universities. Integrated within a framework of expansion and diversification of higher education, the University adopted a new model within the Portuguese system that stressed interdisciplinary approaches, and technological developments while, at the same time, safeguarding offerings in traditional academic domains including medicine, sciences and humanities. NOVA is a decentralized University; its Faculties and Institutes enjoy a great deal of autonomy. Currently, NOVA has 20.077 enrolled students and 1.800 teachers and researchers.

The NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA) is one of the three largest and most prestigious schools of Engineering and Sciences in Portugal. It is renowned for its excellence in research, for the quality of its courses, and for the large employability of its graduates (graduates, masters, doctors).

FCT NOVA, with about 8000 students, has one of the best university campuses and is distinguished by a culture of excellent teacher-student relationships and an intense academic life with many different cultural and sports activities


Lund University

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö.  Lund is considered one of the most popular study locations in Sweden. The University offers one of the broadest ranges of programmes and courses in Scandinavia, based on cross-disciplinary and cutting-edge research. The unique disciplinary range encourages boundary-crossing collaborations both within academia and with wider society, creating great conditions for scientific breakthroughs and innovations. The University has a distinct international profile, with partner universities in almost 70 countries. Lund University has an annual turnover of more than EUR 880 million, of which two-thirds go to research in our nine faculties, enabling us to offer one of the strongest and broadest ranges of research in Scandinavia.

LU provides education and research within the following areas: Economics and management, Engineering and technology, Fine arts, music and theatre, Humanities and theology, Law, Medicine, Science and Social sciences

The establishment of the world-leading facilities MAX IV and European Spallation Source (ESS) will have a major impact on future scientific and industrial development in both materials science and life science. MAX IV is the leading synchrotron radiation facility in the world while ESS will feature the world’s most powerful neutron source when it starts producing neutrons in 2023.

These facilities together with the new University campus in Science Village will constitute a science complex and an international hub for research, education and innovation in which Lund University plays a central role.

Lund University host 9 faculties plus several specialized research centres and institutes and presents 3 campuses in the cities of Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö and the Lund University School of Aviation is located in Ljungbyhed. All campus areas are located in southern Sweden.

Lund University has exchange agreements with over 640 universities in almost 70 countries.



University of Calabria

The University of Calabria was established in 1972 in Cosenza (Italy) to spearhead the development of this Italian southern region. Today, UNICAL represents a leader institution of higher formation attracting a significant number of professors, researchers and PhD students from different countries. More than 30,000 students stay in the Arcavacata Campus (the largest in Southern Italy) and in the neighbourhood of the millenary city of Cosenza. The University includes six faculties (Engineering & Material Sciences, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Mathematical-Physical- Natural Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, Economical Sciences and Political Sciences) and 25 Departments. And delivers up to 12 MSc-level degrees taught in English. UniCal also offers programmes in advanced solid mechanics, environmental and territorial safety engineering, robotics and automation engineering, telecommunication engineering, finance and insurance, health biotechnology, nutritional sciences, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

The University promotes academic research and strongly encourages practical applications at commercial level as a key to economic development in the Calabria. Competences on membrane science and technology are mainly developed at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials (http://dicem.unical.it) and the Institute on Membrane Technology ITM-CNR.



KU Leuven is one of the world’s great universities, home to leading researchers who have made us Reuters’ highest-ranked European university for innovation. This achievement builds on a 600-year tradition of academic excellence and ethical integrity that serves as the backbone for everything we do. As a comprehensive university, we offer a wide selection of academic programmes, all of which are in the top 100 of the world rankings for their respective fields, half of which are in the top 50. More than 140 different nationalities are represented amongst our 10,000+ international students, with more than 20 international student organisations on campus and a dedicated international student centre, Pangaea. The city of Leuven is a only a stone’s throw from the Brussels, the capital of Europe and home to a wide array of leaders in government and industry. Strong governmental support for higher education allows us to pair our world-class degrees with affordable tuition rates, offering students the best possible value.



CNR-ITM is a research institute fully dedicated to the science and engineering of membranes and membrane processes, covering all aspects from material design to membrane development and application in all strategic areas, including water, food, health, energy, environment, security, and space. It is a multidisciplinary institute, with staff from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Biology, Food Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Material Sciences, in addition to specializing in membrane science and technology.