The BRIDGE Network

Basic Research Institutions Delivering Graduate Education

The BRIDGE Network is an informal platform of scientific institutions on three continents that share two common missions: conducting world-class research and training PhD students.

Members of the BRIDGE Network are among the world’s most successful scientific institutions in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). They are distinct from both universities with undergraduate students and pure research institutes. They are attractive to world-leading researchers because they combine the best of two worlds for creative minds: the freedom and resources to focus on curiosity-driven research and a constant influx of brilliant young scientists.

The BRIDGE Network strengthens mutual exchange and co-operation between its members and advocates for the conditions required for excellent science to blossom for the benefit of society.

The BRIDGE Network was inaugurated in June 2019 in Vienna. Its mission and principles are detailed in the BRIDGE charter.

Members of the BRIDGE Network

The Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the biology underlying health and disease.

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Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) is a young, PhD-granting research institution dedicated to cutting-edge research in the physical, mathematical, computer, and life sciences.

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OIST is an international, interdisciplinary graduate school offering a 5-year Science PhD program conducted entirely in English.

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The Rockefeller University

The Rockefeller University draws top scientists and graduate students from around the world to conduct science for the benefit of humanity.

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Weizmann Institute of Science

The Weizmann Institute of Science, in Israel, is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary institutions.

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News of the Network

New President, further growth, and new logo for the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)

Molecular biologist Martin Hetzer will take over the position of President of ISTA in 2023. The Austrian native has spent almost 20 years conducting research in the USA and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He will succeed Tom Henzinger, who acted as the Institute’s first…..

IST Austria 2020 New executives

IST Austria announced three new executives for its management. Professor Gaia Novarino and Professor Bernd Bickel were appointed Vice Presidents for Science Education and for Technology Transfer, respectively. Professor Eva Benková was appointed new Dean of the Graduate School. They will start their positions on September 1, 2021, with the new term of President Thomas…..