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Aims and actions

The Neurex network has one main objective: to develop neuroscientific and industrial exchanges in the Upper Rhine Valley.

To achieve this goal, Neurex acts at four levels: the scientific research, the enterprise competitiveness, the education of tomorrow’s neuroscientists and the communication with the non-academic public.

  1. Stimulating scientific knowledge
  2. Serving competitiveness and innovation
  3. Developing a tri-national NeuroCampus
  4. Sharing scientific knowledge

1. A research of excellence: stimulating scientific knowledge

Neurex developed itself through the vitality of cross-border cooperation and aims to develop and maintain a pole of excellence in Neuroscience by stimulating exchanges of knowledge and mobility of people across the Rhine Valley.



Knowledge is regularly diffused through different kinds of conferences open to both researchers and students. Neurex organizes high level meetings which present the state of the art advances in fundamental and applied research in Neuroscience, and a great number of workshops which allow researchers to present and discuss their latest results on more specific thematic.

Consult the page of all Neurex events



Meetings and workshops promote bonds between Neuroscience and other disciplines, such as microbiology, oncology, or human sciences. Such inter-disciplinary interactions serve to explore and discuss different aspects of clinical and societal brain-related issues such as, for instance, neurodegenerative diseases or cerebral tumours.

Neurex further helps the forging of new scientific ideas and concepts by organizing controversial debate topics, which confront the opinions of experts from different disciplines on hot neuroscientific topics.

Such interactions not only ensure the circulation and the progress of scientific knowledge but also more concretely encourage collaborations between laboratories. Neurex supports this kind of collaboration by attributing specific research grants to laboratories working on bi- and tri-national projects.


All these intense exchanges, collaborations and sharing of knowledge participate in the development of research on public health matters (drugs of abuse, pain, memory…) and on brain-related human disorders (epilepsy, schizophrenia, Parkinson, Alzheimer, etc.), and reinforce both the regional and international aura of laboratories. These actions are fundamental in terms of international recognition; they contribute to the necessary continuing education of all neuroscientists in leading domains, and constitute a major challenge for the future of research and the development of high-technology industry in Europe.



2. Serving competitiveness and innovation

Pole of excellence, the Neurex network is also a pole of attractiveness for all companies of the cross-border region. Its network of expertise offers an optimal scientific environment to the pharmaceutical companies involved in Neuroscience research.

In order to support this potential of industrial research, to increase the competitiveness in this area, to favour the fitting up of new state-of-the-art companies and to attract job-offering enterprises in the Rhine Valley region, Neurex has developed a program based on the crossed-fertilization of research and economy.



Neurex serves the innovative ambitions of researchers by first promoting the creation of firms through its support program for start-ups. This program aims to encourage and favour the establishing of young firms which boost the innovation in Neuroscience issued from laboratories of the cross boarder network.

Consult the page Support to start-ups



Neurex also counteracts the “brain drain” phenomenon through its researchers’ welcome / coming back program, which allows the coming back of researchers and the welcome of new teams, while creating bridges with private sector. This program is an efficient answer in favour of human resources renewal, of the maintenance and development of a high-level scientific and industrial pole of competitiveness.

Consult the page of the Welcome/back program



In order to further nourish competitiveness, Neurex aims to promote interactions between laboratories, clinical departments and private companies. This translates into the organization of specific “Meet & Match” meetings dedicated to the gathering of industrial and academic actors around mutual scientific and economic interests. Exchanges are also favoured by visits of research laboratories by industrials and of industrial laboratories by researchers. Such reciprocal visits of industrial and academic experts are an essential handshake for the perspectives of innovation identified by the Neurex network. They come as a useful supplement of the Neurex support program for the creation of start-ups.

Additional actions are led to optimize and highlight the cross-border opening of technological platforms and the development of collaborative projects regrouping industry and university, as for instance in the domain of imaging.


The Neurex network boosts innovation by stimulating knowledge and supporting collaborative actions between university and industry. In order to maintain this pole of competitiveness, Neurex invests in the long term by supporting the implementation of a tri-national NeuroCampus. 



3. Developing a tri-national NeuroCampus

Training is a major challenge for the future of research in Europe. Thanks to its tri-national structure which brings together around a thousand neuroscientists in a hundred laboratories, Neurex offers students (researchers, engineers and technicians) a remarkable potential of resources and sharing of expertise.



As part of the tri-national network, students in Neuroscience have free access to all Neurex workshops and can attend specifically designed Summer and Winter Schools, featuring both theoretical lectures and practical training.

Moreover, Neurex helps the developing of tri-national research projects by the attribution of post-doctoral grants



Neurex is at the origin of high level European and international training programs in Neuroscience. Created in 2006, the Joint Master in Neuroscience proposes an international master program in the three neuroscientific federations of Strasbourg, Freiburg and Basel, thanks to the expertise of the three partners in their respective domain, such as cellular and integrative neuroscience, neurogenomics and computational neuroscience.

The Joint Master in Neuroscience has been awarded in 2010 the Bartholdi Price, which acknowledges the quality of the tri-national training.



At the doctoral level, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate NeuroTime provides PhD candidates a top quality international training program in multidisciplinary neuroscience which aims to understand a process lying at the heart of brain function & dysfunction, the processing of time. By coordinating the complementary strengths of the different academic and industrial partners of NeuroTime, Neurex participates in the development of a ‘European Higher Education Area’ integrating developmental, molecular, cellular & behavioral neuroscience, chronobiology, computational neuroscience & neurotechnology.


In the current context of globalization, the development of a tri-national Neurocampus is essential for the international visibility and the reputation of the upper Rhine Valley. Such actions reinforce the strong potential of excellence of the region in Neuroscience, and participate in the long term in the stimulation of industrial innovation and the renewal of executives in the Upper Rhine.



4. Sharing scientific knowledge

Beyond the sphere of scientific research, Neurex intends to encourage the sharing of scientific knowledge with different kinds of publics.


Healthcare professionals are in need of trainings adapted to the recent discoveries in Neuroscience, in order to make the population beneficiate from the fundamental and applied research. Neurex proposes the scientific and medical community high-level workshops and seminars which present the latest progresses in various fields of Neuroscience, from neurology to psychiatry.


Neurex gives Neuroscience the opportunity to meet the general public. Consciousness, memory, pain, emotions, depression, addiction… In order to satisfy the high need of the public for brain-related information, specific events are regularly proposed to the population: conferences, meetings, exhibits, workshops for children… Neurex supports and organizes on request any conference aimed to popularize knowledge in Neuroscience, in three languages (German, French, English).

In this regard, every year in March, Neurex associates with an important international event: the Brain awareness week, a campaign of information launched in 1996 in the USA by Dana Alliance and relayed in France by the Society for Neuroscience. The week of the brain’s objective is to increase public awareness on brain research progress: public forums, interactive exhibits, visits of scientists in classrooms, entertaining scientific events, etc.

Neurex also associates with other major national events of scientific popularization such as the Fête de la Science and the Téléthon , by supporting the actions of the neuroscientific PhD student community of Strasbourg: DoctoNeuro .