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Fraunhofer ISIT

Fraunhofer ISIT in Itzehoe is one of Europe’s most modern research facilities for microelectronics and microsystems technology. The heart of the institute is the 3.000 m² cleanroom, big enough to operate not only research projects but also to produce the developed microchips in industrial scale.


150 scientists develop at ISIT in close cooperation with industrial partners power electronic components and microsystems, with fine movable structures for sensors (pressure, movement, biochemical analysis, etc.) and actuators (valves, scanners, micromirrors etc.) including the necessary electronics. These miniaturized components are used in medicine, in the environment – and traffic engineering, communication technology, automotive industry and mechanical engineering

University of Cape Town / South Africa

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa (enrolling about 26,000 students). UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, and is the oldest university in South Africa and the second oldest extant university in Africa. In 2014 UCT was ranked 4th fourth overall university among universities in the BRICS and emerging market economies and the top university in South Africa in The Times Higher Education Brics and Emerging Economies Rankings 2015.


The Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) is a trans-faculty, multi-disciplinary postgraduate research enterprise that operates in the fields of infectious disease and molecular medicine research. It is situated on the health sciences campus of UCT in a 7,100 m2 state-of-the-art facility. Established in 2004, the IDM has become the largest entity at UCT and a national leader in research and human capital development in the field of health sciences. Income from research grants and contracts has grown approximately 3-fold since 2006.


Currently, IDM members raise approx. US$ 21 million in research income each year from international funders including US NIH, Welcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, Areas Global TB Vaccine Foundation, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and Grand Challenges Canada. Member groups are also supported nationally by the South African Medical Research Council, National Research Foundation, Polio Research Foundation, Technology Innovation Agency and other local funding agencies.

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