In addition to international collaborations and young researchers exchanges of the laboratories that are members of the Biology and Health Department, the Department has representatives in the Working group “Life Sciences and Health” of the European Academic network COIMBRA (

Founded in 1985, the COIMBRA group is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. COIMBRA is committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote internalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society.

The first objectives of the more recent “Life Sciences and Health” working group are:

  • to define knowledge and soft skills that students should have from a Bachelor’s degree to enter Master’s programmes in COIMBRA group Universities and to set-up a “bridging program” that would facilitate the exchange of students with differences in their bachelor program, primarily with regard to laboratory based research training
  • to launch common master study program(s) that will have enough critical mass to be highly competitive. Three major fields have been identified to focus on for common efforts at the master program level:
    • Biology / Biosciences
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Molecular Biology